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Thank You.

Thank You.

  • By Skylar Kergil
  • Release 11/12/2013
  • Music Genre Folk
  • Media Format CD
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Skylar Kergil is a transgender singer-songwriter, activist, educator, writer and artist originally from outside of Boston, but currently living between Montpelier, VT and various locations in the northeast. After high school, he attended Skidmore College until graduating in May of 2013. While he majored in Studio Art with a concentration in drawing and photography, he pursued a wide range of classes and interests in gender studies, environmental studies, philosophy, poetry and biology. As of now, he is continuing several projects, working on his music, and writing a book about his transition through high school and college. Most often known on the internet as his pseudonym "Skylark" or "Skylarkeleven," he began documenting his transition on YouTube in 2009 when he began hormone therapy. Being transgender is not the only identity Skylar assumes, but it has been one that has formed his passions around LGBT rights and advocacy for the community. Because of his YouTube vlogs and written blogs, he has been invited to speak internationally on college and high school campuses; due to wishing to complete his college career, he had to decline most of these invitations. In Fall of 2012, he was a speaker at the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY, which led him to become the keynote speaker at the 4th largest national Breaking the Silence Rally sponsored by GLSEN in April of 2013. The New Yorker blog, in an article titled "Being Seen: YouTube Diaries of Transgender Youth" describes Skylar as "an upbeat, articulate F.T.M., tak[ing] viewers through his initial physical and psychological changes on testosterone, interviews with his mother, post-surgical reports on his mastectomy and hysterectomy, and his life as a college student and aspiring musician four years later." Outside of transgender activism, he is an avid reader and writer as well as a singer-songwriter described by the FTMDen as having a style that is "acoustic, though some would argue 'passionate' better describes it." His music is mostly raw, single track recordings, but his first full album, 'Thank You,' contains more developed tracks. Previously, he performed under the name 'Lentils & Dirt,' but as he has grown and felt more comfortable with his identity, he has been performing simply as Skylar. 'Thank You' seems to express clear inspirations from Elliott Smith, Matt Pond, Brett Dennen, and Jack Johnson. All ten tracks were written over the course of Skylar's physical and social transition, leading to difficulties as his voice dropped. Once his voice had finally plateaued, he felt ready to record this album, expressing his pride in how far he had come on his journey and how thankful he is for those who support him.

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Artist: Skylar Kergil
Title: Thank You.
Genre: Folk
Release Date: 11/12/2013
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 888295025768

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