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Queer Necessities: Jon Ali’s April 2021 Playlist, Featuring Emily Vu & More!

It’s about that time to refresh Queer Necessities, my monthly LGBTQ-focused playlist where I catch you up on the latest releases by rising queer talent and fierce allies.

The cover star this month is Emily Vu, a 19-year-old multi-instrumentalist who has been making waves in the popsphere ever since releasing her 2020 debut EP, Found. Since then, Emily‘s amassed over 1.4 million unconditionally passionate TikTok followers and has signed with White Rabbit Records, while using her platforms to bring awareness to social justice and LGBTQ rights.

Emily continues to push forward with her first release of the new year “LILA,” an emotive power ball that chronicles the expectations and reality of being in Los Angeles, and how impossible love can seem with all the distractions.

“‘LILA‘ was inspired by me living in LA for a little while now. Before I moved to LA I was living in Anaheim and had heard all these crazy exciting things about being in LA. Once I finally moved and settled into the LA life I quickly realized it wasn’t all it was hyped up to be,” Emily told Jon Ali in a statement. “There are so many distractions and so many obstacles to face that make it so difficult to live your dream and thrive. Of course all of that comes with hardwork but the moral of the song is that my expectations were quickly shutdown by the reality of what it really is.”

“I think it’s amazing. The fact that I can be so open about my sexuality and lifestyle in this day and age it’s so freeing,” Emily added in her statement. “You can expect a LOT of songs that are truthful and that portay who I am down to the T.”

There’s plenty more where “LILA” came from so get familiar with her name now if you haven’t already! This month’s selections also include new singles from Lagoona Bloo, LEADR, morgxn, LP, Shea Diamond, Mykki Blanco, Oscar and the Wolf, Blew Velvet, Keekai, Lil Nas X, Noah Davis and more.

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