Mary Lambert Heart On My Sleeve on LP
Before Mary Lambert achieved “quasi-stardom,” as she puts it for writing and singing the hook on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ marriage equality anthem “Same Love,” the Seattle native was an aspiring singer-songwriter who also worked as a brunch waitress and bartender. After years of struggling both financially and personally, Lambert suddenly found herself signed to Capitol Records, releasing an EP (Welcome To The Age of My Body), nominated for two Grammy Awards (for Song of the Year and Album of The Year), and making history performing on the Grammy telecast with Macklemore, Lewis, and Madonna, while Queen Latifah memorably married 33 couples.
“I like to describe Heart On My Sleeve as a pop album with a conscience,” Lambert says about her debut full-length album. “So I made a list of goals. To: 1. Have fun. 2. Create something catchy. 3. Create something that positively impacts the world. 4. Stay true to yourself. 5. Make money." Written within the past year (with lyrics by Lambert and music co-written by Lambert, co-producers Eric Rosse and Benny Cassette, and songwriter MoZella), Heart On My Sleeve is an honest depiction of where Lambert is now.
“I can only write about the experiences I've had. I signed to a major label," she adds. "I went through a break-up. I figured out how to be an independent person. I have been terrifyingly honest to the public about traumatic events in my life. I met the woman of my dreams. I have been on the road nonstop, away from those I love, but with the opportunity to sing about gay rights to hundreds of thousands of people. This album is inspired by the depth of all of that love, and the journey that it takes to get there.”
“Heart On My Sleeve” is a dusky love song that Lambert chose as the title track because she felt it summed up how she approached writing the lyrics on the album. “I've always lived my life completely open, both to getting hurt, but also to love,” she says. Lambert also spells out her mission on the album’s first single, “Secrets,” which – set to a buoyant pop melody and hand-claps – is meant to encourage vulnerability.
Mary Lambert Heart On My Sleeve Track Listing:
2. So Far Away
3. Rib Cage ft. K Flay, Angel Haze
4. Dear One
5. When You Sleep
6. Chasing the Moon
7. Jessie’s Girl
9. Heart on My Sleeve
10. Wounded Animal
11. Sum of Our Parts