Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2016-10-26
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


R&B singer Van Hunt on Randy Jackson, song 'Cross-Dresser'
NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Jerry Nunn, Windy City Times

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Grammy Award-winning singer Van Hunt has always danced to the beat of his own drum. Whether he was producing records or playing multiple instruments, he remains an original and at the same time influenced by such classic artists as Prince, Iggy Pop and David Bowie.

He just released his first live album, entitled Live at The Troubadour 2011. In support of this, he heads to Lincoln Hall in Chicago. We caught up with him on the road on his birthday in the middle of his tour.

Windy City Times: Happy birthday, Van! It's today, correct?

Van Hunt: Yeah, man. Thank you.

WCT: Don't you have a million things to do? I'm honored you are talking to me.

Van Hunt: [Laughs] Yes, but high at the top of the list of those million things is making sure everybody knows about our concert.

WCT: I noticed on Twitter that you said all you want for your birthday from your fans was a picture of the concert ticket to your show.

Van Hunt: We spend a lot of time rehearsing so I kind of want to show off to be honest.

WCT: You are releasing your first live CD. What went into deciding what to play at the concert and the live album?

Van Hunt: With the live CD we were just anxious to get back out on the road and show people a good time. We pulled together songs from the older records and just a few songs from the new record.

For the concert I collected all the reviews from the last show, what people loved about it or didn't love about it. We shaped this show to be a little more inclusive. It has a lot of this new record and the older stuff in it. It is still funk, rock, punk, a little jazz, a little classical all mixed in. It is a lot of fun.

WCT: Your sound pulls from many different styles, [like] Prince.

Van Hunt: I wish I could pull a little more from modern music but it becomes more difficult to do that as things become more and more fragmented. It is harder to find music nowadays. There is so much music that is not on the radio. There are so many fewer magazines now. You used to be able to comb through the newsstands to pick up the buzz about music but now it's very difficult to do that. So many magazines have gone under.

WCT: The business has changed so much over the years. That is what I like about listening to your music is that it seems about the artistry and not about top-10 singles.

Van Hunt: I feel like we make songs that could or maybe should be top ten singles or certainly have some commercial potential but it is very difficult when the business model for that costs so much money now when I am trying to get a song in front of a lot of different people.

WCT: You were on Blue Note Records and now you are working independently, correct?

Van Hunt: We are doing all of this on our own. It is a lot of fun but obviously a lot of work. I would have preferred to work my career within the major label system because I feel that system could have worked but now I prefer things the way they are now.

WCT: Randy Jackson is still your manager?

Van Hunt: He is executive producer on all of my records. We are still really close but I have a day-to-day management team Red Ghost Music who helps me out.

WCT: Is it funny to watch him on American Idol?

Van Hunt: I don't watch American Idol. I don't even need to. I can just have dinner with him and have a good conversation that way.

WCT: Did you work with Lenny Kravitz?

Van Hunt: I have never worked with him. I wrote a song, "Mean Sleep," with Cree Summer, and she took the song and he produced it. I have never even met him.

WCT: What inspired your song, "Cross Dresser?"

Van Hunt: That was one of those tunes that came together so quickly. I don't even remember what the inspiration was. I know that when I started coming up with the lyrics that it was going to be about heartbreak. It is a tongue-in-cheek way of saying this guy was heartbroken so he starts wearing his ex-girlfriend's clothes as a way of making himself feel better about the loss. When he did that, he unknowingly started a counterculture.

WCT: You are performing tracks from this album at Lincoln Hall.

Van Hunt: I am looking forward to coming to Chicago. I have loved it since I was 8 years old.

WCT: You are from Ohio, right?

Van Hunt: Yes, but I have a lot of family in Chicago so I will come there and visit. I have always had a ball there. I am probably one of the few people that probably likes the weather!

WCT: There is a table at Lincoln Hall for you to meet fans. Do you sign autographs after?

Van Hunt: If the tour manager feels like I haven't overexerted myself onstage then she will allow me to go out and hang after the show. To be honest, I try to hide all of my sweat from her and change my shirt! She feels that if I don't get enough sleep then I will be too tired for the next day but I love meeting people after the show. I am a silly dude. I am really a stand-up comedian in musician's clothes!

WCT: What else are you doing fun for your birthday today?

Van Hunt: Going to rehearsal!

Hunt hits Lincoln Hall March 21. Check out for ticket information and details.

For more of Van, visit .

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

MUSICAL REVIEW Hamilton 2016-10-26 - Book, music and lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda. At: The PrivateBank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. Tickets: 800-775-2000;; $62-$600 and up. In an open ...

Gay News

Pet Shop Boys at Civic Opera Nov. 5 2016-10-26 - Longtime duo Pet Shop Boys announced the first leg of the act's "Super" world tour, which started Oct. 21 in Las Vegas. The ...

Gay News

Entertainment: 'Crime Story,' gay romance novel, Diana Ross, Lady Gaga 2016-10-25 - On the heels of the highly-rated People v. O.J. Simpson first installment of American Crime Story dominating the long-form Emmy categories with 10 ...

Gay News

American Idol's Rayvon Owen joins Simply Sensational Benefit 2016-10-24 - Chicago — The entertainment line-up for PFP's Simply Sensational Benefit gets more and more sensational each day, with American Idol's Rayvon Owen joining ...

Gay News

'Rocky Horror' soundtrack out Oct. 21 2016-10-19 - The soundtrack to Fox's reimagined version of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again will be ...

Gay News

Shemekia Copeland to perform Oct. 21 2016-10-19 - Blues singer Shemekia Copeland is touring to support her Grammy-nominated album Outskirts of Love, and will perform at Freedom Hall in Park Forest ...

Gay News

Rapper's CD cover sparks debate on masculinity 2016-10-19 - Rapper Young Thug has launched a debate on masculinity, thanks to the cover of his latest project, No, My Name Is Jeffery, which ...

Gay News

Remastered 'Divine Miss M' out Oct. 21 2016-10-19 - Rhino will revisit the early days of Bette Midler's career with a deluxe version of her iconic 1972 debut album, The Divine Miss ...

Gay News

BENT NIGHTS Tim Cain; The Seth Bogart Show 2016-10-18 - More queerness... Taking up the flank for old-school queer rock we have Tim Cain and Boy's Entrance, and the new Tunnelvision on ...

Gay News

Entertainment news: Miley Cyrus, TransNation, 'Prince Charming,' Whitney Houston 2016-10-18 - Miley Cyrus discussed her return to acting in Woody Allen's Crisis in Six Scenes, encouraged waffling Bernie Sanders supporters to vote for Hillary ...


Copyright © 2016 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.








About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.
[email protected]  •  [email protected]  •  [email protected]

Website Powered by