Pamela DeGroff been writing for TGForum since the start of 1999. Her humor column, The Pamela Principle, ran until 2005. She started the Perpetual Change music column in May of 1999, and in 2008, Angela Gardner came up with the idea for the Transvocalizers column and put Pam to work on that. Pamela was a regular contributor to Transgender Community News until that magazine's demise. While part of a support group in Nashville called The Tennessee Vals she began writing for their newsletter, and also wrote for several local GLBT alternative newspapers in Tennessee. Pamela is currently a staff reporter for a small town daily paper in Indiana, and is also a working musician.
The New York City drag scene of the ’80s and ’90s was dominated by just a few star names. Among them were Lady Bunny, Joey Arias, Sherry Vine and Raven O. Pam DeGroff has tracked down Raven O and in this TransVocalizers column she brings you an interview. In the years since the heyday of the NYC drag scene much has changed. Including Raven, who has given up drag. TVocalizers also has new music and TG music news. Don’t miss a beat — read TransVocalizers.
Michelle Rocking Horse Garcia (the Rocking Horse was added because there is another Michelle Garcia) is a transgendered musician and songwriter who lives Nashville. She has recorded a complete redo of an early CD titled Spanish Traveler and today Pamela DeGroff brings you a review of the new version. Pam also had new music news about Boy George, Berlin and other artists.
Today Pamela DeGroff breaks with the usual format of TransVocalizers, which is to feature TG artists who sing, and interviews a man who produced a compilation CD featuring transgendered artists who sing, as well as drag queens, and others who gravitate more toward the T in LGBT. Meet J. D. Doyle, the producer, and learn about the House Blend CD.
Today Pamela DeGroff catches up with Philadelphia based transgendered musician and singer Jay Jay. in the midst of her transition Jay Jay manages to perform locally four to 12 times a month. For live appearances she relies heavily on cover tunes but this sexy singer is also a songwriter and is planning to release a CD of her original songs this year. Meet Jay Jay today and get some other TG music news in Perpetual Change.
While cruising around the Internet our intrepid music columnist Pamela DeGroff came across a drag queen music classic. She stumbled onto a copy of a 1996 CD release called God Shave The Queen! it features music by 10 artists, most drag queens and the musical genres range from dance to funk, smooth jazz to cabaret, and more. The CD is still available online so check out Pamela’s review and see if you’d like to add it to your music collection.
It’s a holiday tradition at TGForum that our music columnist Pamela DeGroff uses the last month of the year to review the best of the TG music she has reviewed throughout the year. In today’s column Pamela revisits Michelle Rocking Horse Garcia, Rev. Yolanda, Georgie Jessup, Vicki Estrada, Namoli Brennet, BeThisBell and Ryan Cassata. She also has music news and two mini CD reviews. For everything musical check out Perpetual Change.
As is her custom in the final month of the year our music columnist Pamela DeGroff devotes her columns to a review of the best music she has introduced us to during the year. Today she has Willam Belli, Foxx Jazell, Sylvester, and KOKUMO among the artists she pulls from the past year and gives a final mention to. Plus a couple of mini-reviews and some TG music news.
Perpetual Change is all about music — music by transgendered musicians and music that TGs may find fun to listen or dance to. Today Pamela DeGroff, our hard working music columnist, reviews two CDs by TGs. “We Are The Gods” by Beth Isbell, and “Jupiter, It Won’t Be Long” by Ryan Cassata. And is that all you get? No! Pamela gives us music news about Rev. Yoland, David de Alba and the House Blend CD. Plus! Three mini-reviews of new music.
In this Perpetual Change column Pamela DeGroff interviews Ryan Cassata. Cassata is a singer/songwriter and transman activist who appears at high schools, colleges and on television to promote anti-bullying. Cassata is a talented young musician as well and he discusses his activism and his music in this interview. Pamela also has some transgender music news about Justin Vivian Bond, Beth Isbell and a new fund raising CD project that features music from several TG performers including Wayne County, Lipstick Conspiracy, Ricky Riot and Rev. Yolanda. As if that’s not enough she then gives you some mini-CD reviews.
Today Pam DeGroff’s TVocalizer is the multi-talented Kokumo. She’s a songwriter, singer, actress and political and social activist who is a champion for the rights of black transwomen. She owns a media production company and has released an extended play CD to be followed next year by her second EP. If Sylvester and Grace Jones had gotten together and had a child that would be Kokumo. Meet her and get TG music news and some mini-CD reviews in TransVocalizers.
TG musician and songwriter Beth Isbell has a new CD and our music columnist Pamela DeGroff interviews Isbell for this edition of Perpetual Change. Isbell was a civil rights attorney in Oklahoma when she transitioned and could no longer find employment in that field. Since she had a life-long interest in music she decided to go to music school and pursue a career in the music business. In this interview she talks about her musical influences, the musicians she worked with and her plans for touring to support the project. Pamela also covers some TG music news and gives us a mini-review of a new CD from Natalia Kills.
Our music reporter Pamela DeGroff re-visits an artist she introduced to TGF readers in 2009. Today she interviews Francis UK, leader of the “Frockabilly” band The Frantastics. The three-piece band performs all over England and Francis has appeared on stages a diverse as Paris and New Orleans. They specialize in Americana music with elements of early country, early rock and roll and rockabilly. Read the interview with Francis and listen to music clips and watch a video in today’s TVocalizers. Pam has other TG music news, too!
Last month Pamela DeGroff introduced TGForum readers to the TG singer/songwriter Namoli Brennet. Ms. Brennet gave Pamela a copy of her latest CD, “Namoli Brennet Live.” Today Pamela does a review of the CD which includes live versions of songs from all of Ms. Brennet’s caree. She has released several albums since her first CD in 2002, Boy In A Dress and she performs songs from it and the rest of her catalog on “Live.” Then Pamela gives us music news from several TG artist, a video from Calpernia Addams, and new music from some non-TG artists. It’s all about music in Perpetual Change.