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Pride Month Spotlight: Gia Woods

It's week four of Song Plug's Pride Month spotlight, and for our final interview we reached out to queer Persian artist, Gia Woods. In 2015 Woods came out via her breakout single “Only A Girl,” and she's been releasing bops ever since. Earlier this year she dropped a single “One Big Party,” an upbeat song about the end of a relationship. The accompanying music video is visually stunning and just as iconic and dazzling as the single itself. In April she released “Keep On Coming,” a sensual song made sexier by the natural rasp in Wood's voice.

Gia's latest single, “Feel It” was released at the beginning of this month, and if you're looking for a song to dance to this Pride Month, you need to add it to your favorite LGBTQ Spotify playlist immediately. But first, be sure to check out the Q&A we did with Woods below.

1. Your music is very clearly about women who love women. What does it mean to you to be able to make music for a community of people who often don't feel represented in the media?

It’s insane...I get messages everyday from people telling me how much my music has helped them come out to their families or even come out to the person they like. I feel so lucky to even be a voice for someone in any way, and I think it’s so important because some people, like me, didn’t have that growing up! It’s the most amazing feeling knowing that you have your own community and there are people just like you. So I’m beyond honored!

2. Which of your songs mean the most to you, and why?

“Only A Girl” will always mean so much to me. It was my way of not only coming out to my parents but also to myself. I’ve never been so open and vulnerable in a song; I remember how vague I used to be in my music and afraid to use pronouns like “he” or” she”, and this was the first song where I put it all out there. The feeling that I had the day that I released it will always be the most special day to me.

3. In your opinion, what's the best way fans can support LGBTQ+ artists?

I love when fans message me and have open conversations about what they’re going through and what’s going on in their daily lives. I DM with my fans everyday, so I think that’s a cool way to connect and it makes us artists feel so grateful to even have them in the first place!

4. Who are your biggest musical inspirations?  Madonna, Green Day, No Doubt, and Radiohead were such huge musical inspirations to me. I grew up listening to whatever my sister played around the house so I feel like a lot of my taste came from her. Thanks Mona!

5. As an out lesbian artist, what advice would you give to aspiring lesbian musicians?

Be yourself and write what you want to write about without overthinking it! Music is our outlet and the best songs are when you’re the most genuine!

6. Currently, what's your favorite song by a fellow LGBTQ+ artist? 

I’m really loving “You Seemed So Happy” by this amazing band called The Japanese House!

7. What are you looking forward to most about performing at Pride events this year? 

My favorite part after every show is meeting everybody who came out. It actually makes me the most happiest knowing that they came all the way to see me perform. It’s like a lil family!

8. Do you have any projects or upcoming shows you'd like to plug?

I’ll be playing Chicago pride, Out Loud Music Festival, and Charlotte Pride this summer! Come say hi and follow me on socials @giawoods ;)

Feel It:

One Big Party:

One Big Party Music Video: