MC: This year you performed the National Anthem at the Indianapolis 500 race, the baseball All-Star Game and you sang at Gay Pride in Miami. That’s a pretty broad spectrum of listeners.
Rexha: Right? (Laughs) It was so different, too. It’s tough. I travel the world and I see things. I really do believe that people are the same in their hearts. I think that the world shapes us, and the places that we come from. And I do think sometimes it’s ignorance. Deep down in our hearts I think we are all loving people who just want to be accepted. It’s funny––you go to the Indy 500 and it’s American flags. You go to Gay Pride in San Francisco or L.A. and it’s gay flags. I think we are all human. I grew up in New York City around all different kinds of people. I don’t stand for one thing. I just want people to be happy. I believe in love.
MC: Do you have conversations with the fans?
Rexha: Yeah, I had a show and I met this kid at Gay Pride and he told me that one of my songs helped him to come out to his parents. And it touched me. I think that what I want my music to do is to help people. And to empower not just gay people, but any person.
MC: Clearly this is important to you, a deep level of audience communication and your message.
Rexha: I think that my favorite artists throughout my life are the ones who said something, rather than just selling tickets and looking pretty and having a dialogue that’s built into their set, “Okay, I will speak here.” I don’t know what I’m going to say, or what I’m going to do or how I am going to feel. And I think people like that because it feels more real and less obvious. I want it to be more than just music. I want it to be a movement.
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