Hear Sufjan Stevens’ Two New Songs Released in Celebration of Pride Month

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Rock Cellar Magazine

The month of June will be LGBT Pride Month in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and to bring awareness to the LGBT community around the world. To celebrate the occasion, indie songwriter/troubadour Sufjan Stevens premiered a pair of new songs on Wednesday, the latest additions to his vast catalog of music.

One is titled “Love Yourself”:

And the other is “With My Whole Heart”:

The pair of songs will be released on a special 7″ vinyl single on June 28. Also, proceeds from the sale of the tracks will benefit young members of the LGBT and homeless children:

A portion of the proceeds from this project will go to two organizations that provide support for LGBTQ and homeless kids in America—the Ali Forney Center in Harlem, NY and the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit, MI. 

More on the songs and Stevens’ advocacy:

“Love Yourself” is based on a sketch Stevens wrote 20 years ago. The original 4-track demo he recorded in 1996 is included as well as a short instrumental reprise. “With My Whole Heart” is a completely new song that Stevens wrote as a personal challenge to “write an upbeat and sincere love song without conflict, anxiety or self-deprecation.” Sufjan also designed a Pride T-shirt that is available exclusively on his new merchandizing platform Sufjamz.

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