Not What You Pictured, launched by the Future Perfect Project, is a fascinating and empowering music project that puts young queer people in the spotlight.
The album was recorded remotely by 10 LGBTQIA+ across America over 10 months.
Queer singer/songwriters Ryan Amador and Emma Jayne are behind this joyous musical project, Amador is known for his powerful and unashamedly queer music.
The Future Perfect Project
The Future Perfect Project is “an organization dedicated to amplifying the voices of LGBTQIA+ youth.”
Co-founded by Ryan Amador, the organization works with LGBTQIA+ youth across America to empower them to have their voices heard.
They deliver art and creative workshops, produce media and work with the youth to amplify their voices into the world.
After four years of delivering various programs across the country, they began work to create Not What You Pictured.
After 10 months they have now completed their first record and it’s an impressive feat.
Each of the 10 young people selected to participate wrote and recorded their original songs remotely from their homes across America.
The young people worked with professional queer artists and producers to remotely record and produce their work.
And the end result is a beautiful statement from our queer youth about where they see themselves in the world.
Not What You Pictured
The Future Perfect Project “believes that the self-expression of LGBTQIA+ Youth is a declaration of a better future for us all” says found co-founder Ryan Amador.
After listening to this album his statement couldn’t be more true.
Each track on this emotive and powerful album is spoken from the heart and experiences of our queer youth.
There is something raw and strong about each song that connects our experience as queer people.
There is something in each track that will resonate with everyone.
Katelyn Handy is the artist behind one of the standout tracks “CTR.”
This personal track talks about her experience navigating school, religion and experience with self-identity.
Handy delivers lyrics that pack a powerful punch.
“Traded in my knee-length skirt for a suit.”
“I traded in my cross for a pronoun pin.”
“I’m not going back, I’m not confused” she sings confidently.
Each track is unique, special and speaks directly from the heart.
“The result is a very queer album that reflects the energy and experience of this powerful generation,” says Amador.
Help play your part in amplifying the voices of these young people by listening to and sharing their music.
You can find links to the album on all streaming services HERE.
Or search “Not What You Pictured” by The Future Perfect Project on your streaming service.
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