According to an interview with The Huffington Post, Lambert’s contributions to “Same Love” drew upon her experiences being “a queer woman growing up in a tumultuous, Christian upbringing”.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Lambert talks about how her rendition of Rick Springfield‘s “Jesse’s Girl” was transformed it into a lesbian ballad. Check out an excerpt from the interview below the jump and let us know what you think of her version of the classic song.
The singer’s debut album Heart on My Sleeve was released on October of 2014 and includes a lot of the same themes of gay rights and social justice. You can check out a review of the album here and to hear more from Lambert, you can purchase a CD here or buy concert tickets here.
You‘ve cited Jewel as an influence and I can really hear Spirit–early Jewel –in your rendition of “Jessie‘s Girl.” Why did you choose to cover that song?
Originally, I had put a piece about rape on the record, called “Epidemic.” My project manager was like, “We support you 100 percent, but you should know Target and Starbucks won’t carry it, and it’ll have a warning on it,” so I was like, damn, that’s true. I remember when I heard “Jessie’s Girl” for the first time, I was like, “This is so applicable to lesbians!” So in two days I came up with a different chord progression, rearranged it, played the piano and sang it. Everyone in the room was crying and I was like, “Cool, job well done.” It seemed to be the perfect replacement for “Epidemic” – equally as important for me.