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Award Winning Country Artist Tommy Atkins Celebrates Pride Month


Country music’s newest star, Tommy Atkins, is celebrating Pride Month with the launch of his newly curated playlist, Proud to Be Country, featuring the very best country artists who identify as LGBTQ+.

“It’s a vibrant mix of household names and independent artists, with everything from country-pop to honkytonk, and I hope this playlist proves LGBTQ+ artists are thriving and producing world-class country music. I'm so proud to be representing for the UK along with Emilia Quinn.”

The playlist features Tommy’s latest hit, a cover of Wham’s 1984 classic, Freedom, which has enjoyed international chart success (#2 New Zealand iTunes Country, #4 Q32 Chart Canada, #5 U.K. iTunes Country, and #6 LGBTQ Music Chart), widespread radio play and critical acclaim. Freedom features 2020 GRAMMY winner, Michael Cleveland, on fiddle, and legendary steel guitar player, Smith Curry (Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift).

“To bring this song into the country genre, change the pronouns to reflect an openly gay relationship, and for it to be so well received has been an absolute joy. Audiences are ready for openly gay lyrics in country music and I’m proud to be doing my part in normalising them.”

Proud to Be Country is available exclusively on Spotify and features the track list below:

Tommy Atkins – Freedom

Orville Peck – Summertime

Brandy Clark – Girl Next Door

Michael Todd – Stay a While

Chris Housman – Long Story Long

Ty Herndon – That Kind of Night

Chely Wright – Jezebel

The Highwomen – If She Ever Leaves Me

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers – Dwight Yoakam

Trixie Mattel – Heavy Crown

Cameron Hawthorn – Cowboy Take Me Away

Brandon Stansell – I Just Want You (To Be Happy)

Emilia Quinn – Mistakes

K.D. Lang – Constant Craving

Jaime Wyatt – Hurt So Bad

Mercy Bell – Black Dress

Paisley Fields – I Could Be Drinkin’

Karen and The Sorrows – Guaranteed Broken Heart

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