The sought-after performer and “out” ex-Mormon speaks candidly about his life and experiences through his inspiring storytelling and powerful, entertaining music.
“This performance in London is unique for me,” Utley tells QWEERIST ahead of the performance on July 18.
“There has always been fantastic support there, which is why I’m debuting some of the tracks off the new album at this gig.
“The new album is some of the most gritty material I’ve written, and I’m proud and excited to have an opportunity to share it early with my friends in London.”
Earlier this month, Utley released the inspiring Survivors. Being a survivor of gay conversion therapy himself, the track rings hope and encouragement to those who have overcome struggles in their lives and made it out the other end as better people.
In June 2010, Utley released Stand for Something; a single written to inspire and motivate to take action towards securing LGBT marriage equality in the United States. The single was nominated by the LGBT Academy Of Recording Arts for 4 OutMusic Awards, including Best Songwriter and Artist of the Year, winning Best Country/Folk Song of the Year.
Justin has spent much of his music career touring and performing at official Pride Festivals and concerts worldwide, sharing the stage with top international acts like Icona Pop, Tegan & Sara, Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons) and Margaret Cho.
He also tours as an inspiring keynote speaker at colleges and universities across the nation about his experience with conversion and reparative therapy, in addition to providing insight on issues of faith in the LGBT community.
He is also a two-time recipient of the FBI’s “Inspiring Citizen of the Year” award during the FBI’s Annual Diversity Week in New Jersey.
You can get tickets to the July 18 performance at London’s Two Brewers right here.