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These days, with more and more public figures coming forward about their sexuality, it was only a matter of time that we here at The put together a list of the most influential and intriguing openly gay and bisexual male musicians of the past century. While we’ve limited this to only 50 musicians, the number of openly gay artists far surpasses that number, and we’re sure you will likely spot an artist near and dear to your heart that we left out. We simply tried to assemble a list of those artists we feel have been both successful in their careers while also raising awareness toward gay rights issues and giving back to the community in which they belong.
Ford walked away from the adult film industry in 2002 to refocus his career on music, generating a string of club/dance hits including “Everything” and “That’s Me” on which he collaborated with Cazwell.
His cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” peaked at No.
He soon developed a loyal fan base and in 2008, Brannan released his debut album in 2009.
Interestingly enough, before Ford’s time in the movie industry, he began his career as a back-up singer for the likes of Salt ‘n Pepa, Chaka Khan, and Vanessa Williams.After his parents divorced, his father kidnapped him and brought him to Jordan, where he began playing a Casio keyboard and began writing his own songs.Ferras’ first album, He has since co-written several songs for artists including Adam Lambert and The Veronicas, and is currently working on his next album which he hopes to release in 2011. His debut album, was released in 2006 and the music video for the lead single “All Over Your Face” turned out to be too controversial to be aired on Logo due to the explicit lyrics and sexual themes.Ford appears in the music video for Lauper’s 2008 single “Into the Nightlife.” Ford’s second album features his versions of tracks from artists like Britney Spears’ “Trouble” and Robyn’s “With Every Heartbeat.” So what kind of man is someone like Colton Ford into?He says he likes “a man who can be vulnerable, share his insecurities, be in the moment and be very honest and authentic. That’s a really, really hot quality.” The Texas born Brannan has been compared to Rufus Wainwright for his openness as a gay artist, and has been compared to Ani Di Franco and Joni Mitchell for his craftiness with songwriting, possessing the qualities of an “angry, sad woman.” In 2002, after just one semester of college in Ohio, Brannan set out for New York City hoping to break into the entertainment industry.Ferro’s song “Universal Prayer” was used at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, and he has since gone on to sell over 8 million albums worldwide, in part because Ferro is fluent in Spanish and releases Spanish versions of his Italian albums.