Kenyth Mogan Talks “Real Me” and “It Was Love”
(DALLAS) – A Very Sordid Wedding takes place in Texas, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you should. The film’s currently touring the country and is enjoying a limited run at Texas Theatre in Dallas until May 10.
Take particular note of the lively song playing in the dance club scene. It’s by out singer Kenyth Mogan, best known for “Unlock Your Heart”, his 2015 single.
“Real Me” is a fun track – Mogan describes it as Katy Perry meets Mika – but its introspective, too. The song’s lyrics are about revealing your authentic self to your lover. “I have a hard time showing people my true self,” he admits. “I have to trust a person implicitly before I let them into my personal space. I’m one of those people who either trusts immediately or not at all.”
Mogan wrote the lyrics a few years ago and gave it to Wild (the song’s producer) to work his magic. “Wild turned ‘Real Me’ into one of the most danceable songs I have ever recorded.”
He’s thrilled the track made it into A Very Sordid Wedding. “Del (Shores, the film’s director) knows how much the Sordid Lives series means to me and worked very hard to find a spot for me. I am forever grateful to him for that. It’s a huge honor for me.”
“Real Me” is a different direction for Mogan. Except for the pop single “Unlock Your Heart,” his music tends to fall in the soft-rock genre. “It Was Love,” a song he released last year, is more in line with his typical sound.
“‘It Was Love’ is my favorite song that I’ve ever written,” he says. “It’s me at my most real and raw. It reflects some of my truest emotions.”
Mogan released the music video for “It Was Love” two weeks ago.
“I wasn’t planning to do a music video for the song,” he explains. “But I recently lost someone very close to me, my grandmother, who was my biggest cheerleader. Whenever I’m sad, I put myself to work and I’d been working with Josh (Mogan’s love interest in the video) on another project and had this idea to see if what we’d filmed might work in the context of a music video for ‘It Was Love’. My producer Wild and my friend Benno had already shot the performance sequences so we fit the two together. I mean, the video may not be perfect, but I’m very proud of it.”
Kenyth Mogan grew up in Montana. Though his parents divorced when he was young, he was always surrounded by cousins and grandparents. He was especially close with his grandmothers who both encouraged his pop star dreams.
“Some of my earliest memories are of dancing around to Tiffany’s ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ on my little Rainbow Brite record player,” he laughs. “I would play it over and over and over again ad nauseam.”
Mogan came out to his family in a handwritten letter at 15-years old. His father embraced the news right away. “He was more upset with how I told him than with what I told him but I was afraid to tell him in person.”
His mother took a bit longer to accept that her son was gay, but eventually, she came around, too. “We all have a wonderful relationship today.”
Mogan now hopes to be an example to young gay children. “I’ve always been fueled by the desire to be that person that others can look up to. If I can show one little gay kid that life does in fact get better, than I will feel like I’ve accomplished something.”
That’s why he strives to be an artist who is not afraid to take risks or try new things, including dance music. “I don’t want to be ‘the next’ anyone. I want to be the first me,” he explains.
Whatever the sound, the one goal that remains consistent in all of his music is his desire for people to connect with his story. “I want people to hear my songs and smile, cry, laugh, and yeah, sometimes dance, too,” he says.
Kenyth Mogan’s “Real Me” and “It Was Love” are available on iTunes. Follow Kenyth on Facebook @Kenythmusic.