*The Following Press Release Was Issued By Independent Music Promotions*
Heaven Sent Delinquent (Electric Single Mix)
20 May 2020
|TRANSGENDER MUSIC PIONEER and cult solo acoustic artist Shawna Virago released her latest single, an electric version of her song ‘Heaven Sent Delinquent’ (Tranimal Records). Available at CDBaby, iTunes/Apple Music, Amazon mp3, Spotify and SoundCloud.|
‘Heaven Sent Delinquent’ weaves a tale of escape, an anthem for outsiders too timid or shackled by family and economics to make it out of the oppressive towns where they were born. The song also critiques how the hyper-religious are missing the point and is determined to blaze her own path to salvation “The town was on the Hallelujah side / I would have stayed but I had too much pride. / Everyone stared at me with suspicion / As the girl who would never do / The missionary position.”
Let’s give some context: Virago has been performing as an out trans artist since the early 1990s. She is the voice of a generation who existed long before celebrities, the Internet and the media started making all things queer or transgender a rising trend. While Virago is called anti-folk and punk and while she is both of those, she is first and foremost a singer-songwriter, rightfully celebrated for her striking trans-Americana and lyric-based songs.
‘Heaven Sent Delinquent’ is about hope in seemingly stark times, like those we currently find ourselves in and channeling your life force to escape oppressive circumstances.
‘Heaven Sent Delinquent’, the electric single version (Tranimal Records) is out now.
Stream via Spotify.
Stream via Bandcamp: https://shawnavirago.bandcamp.com/track/heaven-sent-delinquent-electric-single-mix
Stream via Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/shawnavirago/heaven-sent-delinquent-electric-single-mix
Official website: www.shawnavirago.com
Band/Artist: Shawna Virago
Location: San Francisco
Styles: anti-folk, folk-punk, singer-songwriter
Similar to/RIYL: Billy Bragg, John Doe, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Lou Reed/The Velvet Underground
When you think of traditional, “folk singers,” transgender singer/song-writer Shawna Virago may not come to mind, but she should. She’s the definitive of “folk music,” which is not just an expressive body of work, it’s a cultural movement, it’s not just lyrics, it’s a beautiful poetic story authored over a melodic soundtrack. – No Depression
This San Francisco native is a singer-songwriter pioneering music space not only for her visionary talent, but also her ability to be a voice for the transgender community – Eat Sleep Music
“In these turbulent times, you may often wonder, ‘Where’s our Bob Dylan? Where’s the bard of the 2010s translating the dicey political and social climate into musical stanzas?’ … Enter Shawna Virago.” – POP DOSE
SHAWNA VIRAGO is a transgender trickster celebrated for her striking lyric-based songs. Her music twists together folk and punk, offering raw observations about survival in a predatory world, queer love, and sticking up for the underdog. Virago is celebrated as a music pioneer – she was one of the nation’s first openly transgender women to perform and tour nationally, and has performed as an out transwoman since the early 1990’s.
Virago’s performances are a fusion of original songs, storytelling and standup. Virago has been profiled online, in print and on radio, including Bitch, Louder Than War, No Depression, Paste magazine, on NPR and PBS and on left-of-the-dial radio.
Shewired named Virago as one of the nation’s “Top 25 Hot Femmes.” The Advocate named Virago’s song ‘Objectified’ as one of the nation’s top transgender anthems.
Virago is the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival. Virago is also a filmmaker and her music video “Transsexual Dominatrix” has screened at more than 30 film festivals around the world and was awarded Best Music Video at New York’s CineKink Festival.
Virago is a published writer and her work appears in “Gender Outlaws: Next Generation” and in the anthologies “Trans/Love: Radical Sex,” “Love & Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary” and “Take Me There.” Virago has been featured in documentaries aired on PBS and NPR. Virago has composed original soundscores for transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey.