Ahead of singer/songwriter Jake Wesley Rogers’s debut at Adam Lambert’s concert OutLoud: Raising Voices on Friday, he’s released the video to his new song “Momentary” which pays tribute to the legendary Marsha P. Johnson among others.
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Lambert calls the event concert a “pride event for queer people.”
Rogers, on a track that strings stir in between cinematic piano chords, pays homage to a bevy of classic figures before the powerful admission, “I thought that love could set me free, but it was momentary.”
The video can be heavy handed at time and appearing on a crucifix also evokes the murder of Matthew Shepard. Rogers says, “‘Momentary’ is a funeral and celebration of life. As a queer person, I think it’s important to recognize the complex tapestry that began before I was here and will continue after I’m gone. In the song, I pay respect to my heroes, both fictional and actual, from Marsha P. Johnson to Peter Pan, who didn’t get a chance to grow old. In the music video by Se Oh, I boldly sing in fishnets and a loin cloth while being crucified on a cross, a powerful representation of the impermanence of love and life. Everything truly is momentary.”
Rogers’ first single “Middle of Love” was only released last month. After an auspicious debut on Zane Lowe # 1 Apple Music radio show, who hailed Rogers as “wildly talented,” it incited unanimous tastemaker praise. Billboard raved, “‘Middle of Love’ plays like a long-lost Elton John deep cut that deserved to be a single,” ” American Songwriter predicted, “Jake Wesley Rogers is destined to become a household name,” while PAPER summed it up best, “Give Jake Wesley Rogers a stadium.”
Friday, Rogers will take the stage for what promises to be an unforgettable performance at OUTLOUD: Raising Voices Pride kick-off celebration. The 3-day in-person music festival will take place this weekend at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and feature artists including Adam Lambert, Hayley Kiyoko, Sofi Tukker, Kim Petras, Sam Sparrow, Zhavia Ward, and more.
Born in Kansas City, MO, Jake Wesley Rogers combines skyscraping vocals, eloquent songcraft, and driving instrumentation to give pop a jolt of infectious integrity and soaring spirit. Generating 20 million-plus streams independently, he captivated a growing fanbase with various singles and the Evergreen EP  and Spiritual EP . Grammy-nominated songwriter Justin Tranter heard the powerful and poetic “Jacob From The Bible,” fell in love with Jake’s music, and signed him to Facet Records/Warner Records in 2020.
Watch the video below.