Monday, July 22, 2024

Take a listen to Jake Wesley Rogers’ ‘The Dove Sessions’

Rogers is arguably the queer music discovery of the year, and this single is the way to take out 2021.

Jake Wesley Rogers’ star is shooting into the stratosphere with the release of his label debut EP Pluto, released in October via Facet Records/Warner Records. On the title track, “Pluto,” skyscraping vocals, rich piano, cinematic strings, and a gospel choir underscore his confessional delivery as he urges, “Hate on me. Hate on me. Hate on me. Maybe at the end of the day, me and you are both the same, we just want to be loved. The accompanying visual amplifies the emotional impact with an intense performance from Jake.

The surreal video presents a different kind of origin story as our hero embraces the power to really take flight from within. 

The Pluto EP features previously released singles “Weddings & Funerals,” “Middle of Love,” and “Momentary,” along with 3 new tracks. Regarding the EP, he commented, “I began writing the Pluto EP in London in 2019 when my grandpa was dying from heartbreak and my lover and I were nearing the end of our relationship. Working with some of my dream songwriters like Eg White and Justin Tranter, I went deeper than I ever have before in exploring my relationship with love and how it’s taken a toll on me and everyone around me.” 

After singing a spontaneous duet onstage recently during Jake’s performance at The Elizabeth Taylor Foundation Ball to End AIDS, Tony®, EMMY®, and GRAMMY® Award-winning icon Billy Porter proclaimed, “This is the future!” In other big news, Tony®, EMMY®, and GRAMMY® Award winner Ben Platt personally chose Jake to open up his North American headline tour, kicking off February 23, 2022 at Amway Center in Orlando, FL.

Listen to the EP here

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