Lance Horne talks about “The Grindr Song”, teaming up with Drew Brody and his dream of working with Dolly Parton. You can purchase this and other great music from Lance Horne right here.
What was your favorite part of this collaboration?
The duet that Drew and I wrote together. It was so unexpected and we wrote it in such a fun fashion. I enjoyed getting to write with another writer who does music and lyrics just made for a fun time. The photo shoot was a really close second. It was really fun.
How did the Grindr song come about?
I was online late one night, single as per usual at this point (laughter). I just wanted to talk to someone or maybe even go on a date. Then within about a thirty minute time period I had been called skinny, fat, young, old and ugly. I had to put down the phone. I just had to do something constructive and get away from all of that. So I sat down at the piano and launched into ‘what happens to your Grindr when you die’ (laughter).
Sounds like you just need a gay Jewish mother to talk with.
Well, if I had one it would be Judith Light. She is my favorite gay mother. Every time I see her it is like spotting a unicorn. We just hustle away to a corner and she fills me with joy and wisdom.
You have performed and collaborated with an amazing list of people. Is there anyone you still just wish you could work with?
I have really gotten to collaborate and perform with most of my heroes so far. I am so honored and excited by life and music in general. I keep circling around Dolly Parton. She is the center of this universe. Someday I would to share a stage with her. I did an event last year with Jake Shears, Rufus Wainwright, Kylie Minogue and a gospel choir all doing a huge Dolly Parton event to raise money for her Imagination Library. I feel like I am just one degree away from her now.
Do you have a message for LGBTQ youth?
I think it must be a confusing time for them. I was confused during my youth. I imagine it is more confusing now. I think they should know that shame only has power if you don’t talk about it. Shame falls away if you talk about it. You aren’t the first to experience these things. Find fellowship and talk about things.
LANCE HORNE is an Emmy Award-winning arranger, composer, music director, and performer of international renown working consistently in the fields of Broadway and pop. He provides musical arrangements and then performs alongside numerous exciting artists and organizations including Gorillaz, Kylie Minogue, Ben Folds, Rufus Wainwright, Amanda Palmer/Dresden Dolls, Duncan Sheik, Darren Criss, Ricki Lake, Alan Cumming, Sesame Street, Jake Shears/Scissor Sisters, Liza Minnelli, the Gatllin Brothers, the von Trapps, Carol Channing, Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O’Hara, Justin Bond, Sandra Bernhard, Margaret Cho, Neil Gaiman, the Boston Pops, Seoul Philharmonic, and Sydney Dance Company at the Sydney Opera House. Following sold-out tours across Australia and North America, he and long-time collaborator Alan Cumming sold out Carnegie Hall in February celebrating the album Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs – featuring Horne as arranger, music director, pianist, composer, vocalist, vocal arranger, and orchestrator – and featuring guests Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Ricki Lake, and the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus.
Mr. Horne provided vocal arrangements for Little Women on Broadway and National Tour; Bent at Mark Taper Forum in LA, directed by Moises Kauffman, featuring music composed by Horne and Jake Shears, arranged and produced by Horne; Co-Music Director and Co-Arranger for Prometheus Bound at A.R.T. by Steven Sater and System of a Down’s Serj Tankian, directed by Diana Paulus; Cabaret at A.R.T. with Amanda Palmer, for whom Horne arranged Nine Inch Nail’s “Hurt” for Boston Pops and played alongside in the same bill on Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Working across the globe, he has enjoyed multiple runs at The Sydney Opera House, The South Bank Center, Lincoln Center, a command performance for President Obama and the Queen, and he is currently arranging and performing in Margaret Cho’s PsyCHO tour across the US and London. Television includes several Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades on NBC, which featured Horne conducting the NBC Orchestra, providing compositions, dance and vocal arrangements over the years for American Idol’s Diana DeGarmo, the Phoenix Boys Choir, and Ann Hampton Callaway with The Muppets. Mr. Horne also created the theme song and incidental music for The Ricki Lake Show on Fox TV and “Chemistry” for One Life to Live, which featured Hairspray’s Kathy Brier and the band from Avenue Q, earning Horne an Emmy for Best Original Song.
Upcoming works include the a forthcoming pop album and tour, original music for a series, a commission from LA Opera, headlining this season’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival, a new work for the Met Museum, and Live from Gramercy Park at the Players with Lance Horne rolling out this season online. He appears as himself on this season on the online TV program The Outs, singing and playing the song he penned for the series, “Life Is A Diamond.” A Steinway-sponsored artist and Jonathan Larson Award winner with several ASCAP awards, and a NYTW Usual Suspect, Mr. Horne received his Bachelors and Masters in Composition from Juilliard and has on faculty and mentoring since.
DREW BRODY is a New York City-based songwriter who brings his experience in the rock, pop, and folk music world to his musical theater sensibility. His unique background allows him to work comfortably across many genres, and his songs have been sung by Broadway stars including Alan Cumming, Robert Cuccioli, Sally Mayes, Lilli Cooper, Justin Sargent, Adrienne Warren, and many more. Drew wrote the music and lyrics for Cutman: A Boxing Musical, produced by Goodspeed Theaters in 2011. He also wrote the music and lyrics for Derma, which ran at the Piccolo Spoleto festival in 2013. Other projects in development include music and lyrics for Wilshire, with a book by Bobby Goldman and directed by Rob Ashford; Mudge Boy, an adaptation of the Showtime movie, in collaboration with Brett Smock; and Curvy Widow, a new musical based on a memoir by Bobby Goldman; and two other new musicals currently in development. Other theater credits include the underscoring music and lyrics for the play Lightning Field, which won Outstanding Play at FringeNYC in 2005. Drew wrote and recorded two albums with Richard Rodgers Award-winning composer Derek Gregor as the rock band M-LAB, with which Drew performed as lead singer and toured during the 2000s. Drew also released two solo albums on Baskethouse Records and produced two albums for songwriter Jay Brannan. Recently, Drew composed the score for the acclaimed film Jason and Shirley by Stephen Winter, which premiered at MoMA and has been touring movie festivals.