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Published on June 18th, 2019 | by Guest Editor


GRAMMY and Tony Winner Billy Porter Releases New Single ‘Love Yourself’

The award-winning actor, singer and star of “Pose” on FX has released his new single timed to World Pride. Tony and Grammy Award-Winner Billy Porter releases his new single “Love Yourself” out now on The Butler Music Company Inc. The track was written and produced by transgender artist/producer D. Smith and Executive-Produced by Bill Butler and Carmen Cacciatore.   “Love Yourself” is available now at all digital retailers.

Said Porter, “I’m thrilled to be spreading the message of self-love to my community whose humanity and worth have been up for legislation for way too long. On this 50th anniversary of Stonewall I’m proud to unite with my LGBTQ brothers & sisters to remind the world that we’re here and we ain’t goin’ nowhere. Love always wins!”

Said songwriter/producer D. Smith, “Billy’s talent and his platform are the perfect vessels for such an urgent message.  As a proud African-American transgender woman and music producer, I just knew he would be the right messenger for this song and I was right, he killed it!  It was an amazing experience working with Billy in the studio and I am thrilled to have written and produced the track for him. My LGBTQIA+ friends and family need to hear this. The world needs to hear it as well.”

Porter is a Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning actor, singer, director, composer and playwright with groundbreaking performances as Pray Tell in Pose on FX, for which he recently received Golden Globe and Critics Choice nominations, as well as Lola in Kinky Boots on Broadway for which he won a Tony Award for Lead Actor in a Musical. Porter has also recorded several albums and acted in many Broadway and Off Broadway productions, including Miss Saigon, Grease, Angels in America, and The Merchant of Venice. Additional television and film credits include “American Horror Story: Apocalypse,” “The Get Down,” “The Humbling” and “The Broken Hearts Club,” among others.

During World Pride programming this year, Porter will serve as co-host of ABC’s telecast of the Pride March in New York City, and will serve as one of the Grand Marshals alongside his POSE co-stars. In addition, Porter will serve as Master of Ceremonies for CFDA and Susanne Bartsch’s Love Ball III, taking place on June 25th at Gotham Hall in New York City.


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