Danah-Lee delivers a message of acceptance and unity with her new single and lyric video Equal — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The latest single from the Ottawa contemporary Christian singer-songwriter and LGBTQIA+ artist, Equal finds her channeling her faith and musical spirit to deliver a powerful and personal statement drawn from the very real threat of danger that members of the LGBTQIA+ community continue to face daily. “The song stems from years of queer folks being treated as second-class citizens. As a member of this community, I have countless accounts and experiences of being treated with discrimination and anti-gay behaviour. Especially, but not limited to, within the Christian music industry. We need to change the conversation and be better.”
Accompanied by warm and melodic musicianship that feels like a welcoming embrace, Danah-Lee brings the potent message into the listener’s view and holds their attention so they can’t look away:
“Oh fear, why are you hiding here
On both sides of this petty war?
Some of us are scared to come out
And they are scared at findin’ out
We bleed the same kind of red.”
The song came to her while teaching a piano lesson. “I stopped the lesson and took two minutes to hum the melody into my phone’s recording app,” she says. “Later that evening, when I had an opportunity, the lyrics and melody flowed out of me so freely.”
A beacon of positivity and hope for the LGBTQIA+ community, Danah-Lee has been a champion for equal rights, challenging conventions within her faith. “As a Christian LGBTQIA+ artist, my vision and intended outcome for this recording was to examine and break down barriers between queers and Christians.”
Danah-Lee is a producer, award-winning music educator, church music director, entrepreneur, speaker, and author. She was nominated for the Impact Award at Ottawa’s Capital Music Awards in 2021. She has released four solo albums and toured throughout North America.