*Exclusive*: RHOA’S Miss Lawrence Talks Gospel Music Background, New Single ‘Closet Freak’ Available Today, And Upcoming Projects

- By Bossip Staff Categories: Bossip Exclusives, Congratulations, Gay

Miss Lawrence Closet Freak

One of our favorite Real Housewives of Atlanta cast members, Miss Lawrence, is now officially a singer, with his first single “Closet Freak” available on iTunes today via Kandi’s imprint Kandi Koated Entertainment.

We caught up with Lawrence to talk about his music background and the message he wants to give the world through his music today.

While we’ve seen a couple of attention-whoring Bravo Housewives use the show to jump off a “music career,” Lawrence is the real deal.

On his musical background:

I’ve always had a gift of song. I’ve been singing since I was little, and I started singing professionally between [the ages of] 12 and 13. But it was very much Gospel, very much message music, inspirational ballads and stuff like that. I’ve performed with some elite orchestras and I’ve traveled all over Europe and everything. At the same time, I had a strong interest in the beauty industry.

By the time I was 18, I took a break from singing because I knew I had a great voice, but I didn’t know what my calling was. I pretty much found who I was in the beauty industry. And that’s where I adapted the whole “Miss Lawrence” persona.

On singing Gospel music as an openly gay artist:

I think message music and Gospel music touches home for everybody. It’s about what you feel on the inside. I still am very close to Gospel music. I sing a Gospel song pretty much every morning when I wake up. Me singing Gospel music, or any artist singing Gospel music that is gay, I would hope that no one would worry about what the world thinks about them. That’s something that’s personal, for me anyway.

Not only did Miss Lawrence have success in music and a proven talent long before he joined the Real Housewives Of Atlanta cast three years ago, he had no idea that being on the show would lead to his return to the music business.

I was not thinking about it. This whole opportunity is still surreal for me. I didn’t think about it until me and Kandi talked about the potential project.

The two singers, both graduates of Atlanta’s Tri-Cities Performing Arts High School, thought that it would be an interesting undertaking for an openly gay artist to create music geared towards mainstream audiences. And they have done so in such a way that Lawrence hopes will take the focus of off his sexuality and place it on the quality of music.

I don’t know if audiences are ready for [an openly gay artist]; I would hope so. I just hope that they’re ready to receive what the song is talking about. And I hope they’re ready for change. The song hits home in a lot of areas: I think it hits that wife whose husband mistreats her in the streets; it hits that gay individual that may have a friend that’s only their friend at home; or that young teenage girl that has a best friend that mistreats or betrays her at school. I hope that people will grasp that and stop focusing on the fact that I’m an openly gay artist. That’s not necessarily the message. The message is more so, “I am confident, I’m free, I believe in freedom of self expression. As opposed to “I’m gay and I’m gonna do a song.”

Miss Lawrence does plan on releasing a full-length album, but he has been focusing solely on “Closet Freak.” “Being that this is my first single, we wanted to make sure that it was up to my standards and the world’s standards,” he explains to Bossip. “So we put all of our attention into that before moving on to the album.”

The sound on the album will be almost a resurgence of Disco, back to the days when dance music was driven by vocalists. Miss Lawrence plans on combining his love of club music with vocal influences including Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and Donna Summers. His music also carries a message.

You only have one life to live. Don’t be in the closet in anything that you do. Whatever you do, let your light shine. I don’t care what it is, whatever situation you’re in, you take the best of that moment and put it out there. Don’t let anybody mistreat you. Don’t deny who you are for somebody else. Just live. Cuz you only get one chance at it.

He is currently gearing up for a promo tour of the East Coast and Southeast, as well as the release of his first line of beauty products. Miss Lawrence also has a few other media projects brewing that he keeping under wraps for the moment.

If you missed his live performance of “Closet Freak” on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” last Sunday, you can see a pre-recorded performance as part of the Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 3 Finale, which airs this Sunday at 10pm EST.

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Comments

  • Suge.'!

    Love Him.!
    He one of the realest ppl on the show whenever they show him.
    Btw he looks stunning in the picture above.!

    • E$

      people who cosign him are what make him think it’s OK

  • Willie Lump Lump

    Nicca you are not a girl!

    • Tee

      This statement just made me cry laughing!

    • http://stewartsynopsis.com/Site%20Index.htm We"Blacks"AreTheREALHebrewIsraelites

      LOL! That’s a man, Maury!

      I’m mad that I think that outfit is kinda cute.😦

    • http://stewartsynopsis.com/Site%20Index.htm We"Blacks"AreTheREALHebrewIsraelites

      I find it funny that some people don’t seem to understand that humor is subjective.🙂

  • Gstands4

    I think he has a really good voice and is very talented but I don’t think people are ready for an openly gay artist. Especially with all these undercover brothas running around. I wish him success though.

  • MISS ME WIT DAT BULLSH#T

    If this ninja don’t repent!!!

    • MISS ME WIT DAT BULLSH#T

      WAIT IS THAT A TUTU HE HAS ON?!?!

  • Jay

    There are plently of openly gay white men singers. Why can’t black gay men come out sing and be succesful like the rest. This whole gay issue is really stupid they are people like everyone else. Like he said focus on his voice not his sexuality. If he wants to sing gospel let him. What difference does it make what music he sings. I support whatever he wants to do.

    • Maureen

      I can only think of Elton John, Boy George and George Michael. How many more are there?😉

    • Curious1 aka Flawless Beauty

      Liberace..LOL…That “White”Latino dude who adopted those twins babies..

    • hodan

      adam lambert, freddy mercury, michael stipe from REM

  • Willie Lump Lump

    It don’t matter how hard homeboy tries he will never have a uterus.

    • Curious Misses

      You see what I’m saying . . .

      You can’t call yourself a woman if your body doesn’t function as a woman’s.

    • WHAT!!

      Well what about the many women that can’t have children??? Does this mean that they are not women as well??

    • xoxo's

      @maureen

      *adam lambert, david bowie, liberace, cole porter, melissa etheridge,madonna,clay aiken

      * openly gay or bi sexual white singers.

  • CutieReppinNY

    For real??? How can I not focus on his sexuality, when he is wearing pink lipstick and a tutu…really?

    • Phacorah

      Dead!! Co-sign.

  • Bim Boo est in 1993 ^_^

    Gay people are cool i just hate the ones who wear makeup and girl clothes

  • Jenifer

    Sad! Now my son has to be subjected to this man looking like a woman. Talk about being confused. This is not okay. Why must a man dress and try to act like a woman? Just be a nice looking gay man.

    • RHONYC

      it’s called freedom of expression…something (if taught to them) children above all would understand. tolerance should be taught from the crib. jussaying.🙂

  • RHONYC

    LOVE THE COVER!
    FEROSH!😉

  • Alexis

    I find him highly disturbing. Also, he’s kidding about tranny gospel singer act, right?

  • http://bossip.com yup!

    yea i luv lawrence. he is sooo funny and very over the top LOL. and yes its very weird that he is more feminine than i am.. lmao!

  • dookie bootie

    SMH This gay thing is outta control. First lil wayne and baby now this. Ugh! can’t stand this homo craze.

  • msblackvoices

    I just want him to teach me, how to do my makeup. LOL!!!!!!

  • SoulSista

    He looks FIERCE!!!!

  • F/CHARLAMAGNE

    THIS MUTHAF… NEEDS TO BE PUT BEFORE A FIRING SQUAD!!!!

    • CAN AM

      LOL!!!!!!!!

    • daisy jay

      I feel so guilty for laughing LMAO. He’ll probably bleed pink, glittery blood

    • NEEKYUK

      Dead @ pink, glittery blood!!!!

  • RazeKane

    These reality shows spittin out these “freaknics” like they in style.

  • lt

    dude can sing.

  • David

    America is doomed!!!!!!

  • Gigglegal215

    People should leave him alone.
    Lawrence is real about his. (Lil Wayne take notes) He could be my friend/lil brother anytime. I love the way he lives his life. Drama free. How can homosexuality be a wrong when God is the one who blessed him with so much talent in the first place? I already bought my copy of Closet Freak. He will become a platinum artist and NOT a one hit wonder.

    • Schoolteacher7

      According to the Word of God, homosexuality is a sin (but not a crime); unlike stealing and murder and adultery. Lawrence has a magnificent voice! And is the most sensible thinking member on the show. And who he is, is between him and God. That’s the One we all answer to at the end of the day. I don’t believe in homosexuality, so I’m not gay. But I would never impose my ideas on someone else. Good for Lawrence.

  • RazeKane

    I cringe when I see these embarrasing, confused fools parading around on tv like this chit is fashionable..had my way I would never let them set foot on tv, especially the “FREAKNICS”.

    And to make matters worse hollywood don’t have any problem with showcasing these freaky “negroes” to them the more the better.

    • 504_MsGV

      @ RazeKane Oh please, they are white gays in Hollywood too. More so. Don’t come with that he making blacks look bad in Hollywood. If you are comfortable with your sexuality, why is his bothering you? Raise your kids they way you want to, and hopefully its with acceptance and understanding, they will be alright. If you don’t HATE them, why should they stay off TV? Sounds like hate to me. There are no two people that are the same. Learn it.

      His lipstick is pretty.

    • JustAshley

      @RazeKane

      CoSign!

  • Troi Dustin

    Lord, today.

  • Maureen

    “The two singers, both graduates of Atlanta’s Tri-Cities Performing Arts High School, thought that it would be an interesting undertaking for an openly gay artist to create music geared towards mainstream audiences.”

    It’s not like he’s the FIRST gay artist to sing for mainstream radio. There’s Johnny Mathis, Melissa Ethridge, George Michael, Elton John, Tegan & Sara… Good for him but it’s not like what he and Kandi are doing is anything totally new.😉

  • Miss Perfection ..Allergic to Coons & Mudbutts Miss Pefection .. Allergic to Coons &Mudbutts

    his voice is amazing ! you better work it Lawrence whats the difference between him and trey songz there both gay Lawrence is just open and Trey is still in the closet

  • heh

    I LOVE YOU MISS LAWRENCE! seriously- he’s funny, fierce and fly.

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