TJ Osborne came out as the first publicly gay man signed to a major country music record label in 2021.
Brothers Osborne have compiled four songs for a digital EP to celebrate Pride Month. The collection includes two fan-favourite love songs, the nostalgic 21 Summer and Pushing Up Daisies (Love Alive).
The track list also includes I’m Not For Everyone, the duo’s song celebrating diversity and the power of being yourself — even if that means you don’t fit in with the mainstream.
Rounding out the track list is Younger Me, the duo’s emotional message to their younger selves. They released the song in 2021, shortly after TJ Osborne came out as gay, becoming the first artist signed to a major country label to do so.
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Revisiting older material has special power for TJ since he came out. He has said that 21 Summer is more meaningful to him now, since it was based on a real-life breakup that he experienced, but couldn’t talk about, because no one knew he was gay at the time.
“To finally be able to play it and talk about that — there’s probably more depth to that song than people even realize,” TJ told ABC Audio back in February. “To be able to talk about that now, it feels like the shackles are off.”
In April, TJ was named a Grand Marshall for 2022’s Nashville Pride Parade that will take place on Saturday, June 25. He’ll serve as Grand Marshall with Leslie Jordan, Greg Cason, and Alberta Hardison. It marks another milestone for TJ since publicly coming out.
Also in April, the brothers won their first GRAMMY Award for ‘Best Country Duo/Group Performance’ for Younger Me. The win took place a little over a year after TJ came out.
Accepting the award, TJ said, “For those of you who do not know, [Younger Me] was written really in response to me coming out. I never thought I would be able to do music professionally because of my sexuality, and I certainly never thought it would be here on this stage accepting a GRAMMY, after having done something, I felt like was going to be life changing, potentially in a very negative way. And here I am tonight, not only accepting this GRAMMY award with my brother [John Osborne] who I love so much, but I’m here with a man who I love and who loves me back. I don’t know what I did to be so lucky.”
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