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Sapphic Trailblazer: St. Vincent

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St. Vincent: A Sapphic Trailblazer and Musical Visionary

Welcome to our Pride blog post, where we’ll explore the captivating world of St. Vincent, a sapphic trailblazer who has taken the music industry by storm with her unique sound and style. From her early days to her remarkable career achievements, this post will delve into the fascinating journey of an LGBTQ icon. So, grab your headphones and get ready to discover the incredible story of St. Vincent!

Early Life and Cultural Influences: The Making of a Musical Prodigy

Born Anne Erin Clark in 1982 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, St. Vincent grew up in a blended family. Her parents divorced when she was 3. When she was 7, she moved to Dallas with her mom and 2 sisters. She has 4 brothers and 4 sisters. When she was a kid, she liked the movie La Bamba and her mother gave her a plastic guitar for Christmas when she was 5. At the age of 12, she was playing a real guitar and during her teen years, she helped her aunt and uncle with their guitar-vocal jazz group.

She attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music leaving after 3 years because St. Vincent felt they focused too much on the aesthetics of music. When asked why she left, she said, “I think that with music school and art school, or school in any form, there has to be some system of grading and measurement. The things they can teach you is quantifiable. While all that is good and has its place, at some point you have to learn all you can and then forget everything that you learned in order to actually start making music.”

St. Vincent’s eclectic musical influences range from David Bowie, Kate Bush, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Jimi Hendrix to jazz and classical music, all of which have contributed to her distinct and genre-defying sound. She’s also said to have been influenced by authors Cormac McCarthy, Philip Roth, and Bukowski.

Striking a Chord: St. Vincent’s Career Achievements

Since the release of her debut album Marry Me (2007), St. Vincent has captivated audiences with her innovative music and captivating stage presence. Her critically acclaimed albums, including Actor (2009), Strange Mercy (2011), and the Grammy-winning St. Vincent (2014), have solidified her status as a musical visionary.

When asked if she identified as gay, she said, “I believe in gender fluidity and sexual fluidity. I don’t really identify as anything.” Adding, “I think you can fall in love with anybody.”

St. Vincent has dated Cara Delevingne and Kristen Stewart.

As an openly queer artist, St. Vincent serves as an important role model for the LGBTQ community.

Three Intriguing Facts About St. Vincent

  • The origination of her stage name: She said she got it from a line in a Nick Cave song that listed the name of the hospital (St. Vincent) were Dylan Thomas died.
  • St. Vincent designed her own guitar: In collaboration with Ernie Ball Music Man, she created a signature guitar that caters to the specific needs of female musicians, with a lightweight design and ergonomic shape.
  • She directed a horror film segment: St. Vincent made her directorial debut with a segment in the all-female-directed horror anthology film XX (2017).

A Lasting Legacy: The Importance of St. Vincent for the LGBTQ Community

St. Vincent’s groundbreaking musical achievements, combined with her openness about her sexuality, have left an enduring impact on the music industry and the LGBTQ community. Her work serves as a reminder of the power of art to challenge conventions, foster understanding, and inspire others to embrace their true selves.

As we celebrate the trailblazers who have shaped LGBTQ history and culture, let us remember the extraordinary contributions of St. Vincent, a sapphic icon whose unique voice and vision continue to resonate with fans around the world.

Find out more about St. Vincent in this Wikipedia article.

Q&A; with Annie Clark of St. Vincent

The Dream World of St. Vincent

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