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.
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.
Shawna Virago is a well known west coast musician/singer/songwriter and film maker who was first introduced to TGForum readers back in October 2010. She has been busy touring around the U.S. and in Europe and is currently working on a new album while she organizes the TG film festival in San Francisco. Virago recently took time out from her busy schedule to do an interview with our TG music columnist Pamela DeGroff. TransVocalizers presents that today along with music news about your favorite TG musicians and singers.
Our TG music columnist Pamela DeGroff has a review of a CD by Michelle “Rocking Horse” Garcia titled Laughin’ in the Kitchen. Originally released in 2008 Garcia has started doing a television cooking show and each show features, in addition to creating a delicious dish, a performance of one of the songs from the CD. It’s culinary rock at it’s finest. Read Pamela’s review and listen to some clips. Also in today’s column Pamela has music news about Rev. Yolanda’s birthday, Jennifer Leitham’s birthday and performance schedule, a benefit album for the singer from All The Pretty Horses and new music from Ciara.
Our music maven Pamela DeGroff has two CD reviews for you. First she covers a new CD from the ’70s disco “queen” Sylvester titled “Sylvester, Mighty Real — Greatest Dance Hits.” Sylvester was flamboyant — wearing high heels on stage — and a precursor to modern dance music. We include a video of Sylvester in performance. Then Pamela digs into the soundtrack CD from the HBO production Behind the Candelabra which starred Michael Douglas as Liberace. Round it all out with music news about Our Lady J, Rev. Yolanda and more!
Music columnist Pamela DeGroff interviews TG performer Namoli Brennet. Ms. Brennet, from Tucson, Az., has been recording and touring since the release of her first CD, Boy In A Dress, in 2002. Pamela chats with her about her music, her trans-identity and the popularity of the “folk” sound. Also new music news!
In 2009 TVocalizers introduced TGF readers to the 18-year-old TG rapper from Philadelphia, Johnny Boy. Now Johnny Boy is 22 and looking less like a boy than ever. She’s also singing as well as rapping and Pamela DeGroff interviews her about how she has matured and where she’s going next. New music too!
Our TG music columnist Pamela DeGroff reviews a CD by San Diego TG musician Vicki Estrada. Reminiscent of the keyboard work of Rick Wakeman and Keith Emerson, Estrada is a master keyboardist. Pamela also reviews the cast album from Kinky Boots and more!