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Songwriting for Them: Identity & Pop Songs

I’m not putting pronouns in my music. Why? There is much more to it than you think.

My name is James Rosa. I am an up-and-coming singer-songwriter who is preparing to debut soon.
Filipina-American singer Olivia Rodrigo’s “driver’s license” is double platinum in the United States (RIAA). Photo: IMDB
Lil Nas X’s music video and song for “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” has opened up conversations about sexuality in music. Video: VEVO, Lil Nas X, Columbia Records.

To BIPOC and/or LGBTQ musicians: continue to sing about Black love. Sing about they/them. Sing about the beauty of monolids and jet black hair. Sing about brown skin and curls in the sun. Show the world that you too can make songs people cannot relate to.

James Rosa is a musician based in the U.S. He enjoys writing as well as making music. Connect with him on Instagram: @imjamesrosa.

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