I met openly gay singer/songwriter Matt Zarley several years ago through uber-publicist and pal Michael Caprio, who reps two of my top-tier fave acts, Olivia Newton-John and Jon Secada. My first impression was, gulp, hot, sexy, to the point that I found myself bashful in our first conversation.
But once I heard his music, I was able to see Matt more objectively, and realize he is a wildly talented entertainer, and I was happy to review his single "Here I Am" in Billboard. I wrote-->>
Now that I know Matt better, I recognize he has a heart of gold to match his iron-clad demeanor (okay, he's still hot as shit). His latest single is a remake of Pat Benatar's "We Belong," which, lyrically, is a wondrous mantra for young gays finding their way in a still-often hostile world. He is donating all proceeds to gay youth organization Trevor Project.
Meanwhile, he is working on full-length project "Change Begins With Me," which is slated for release this summer. On Sunday, Ayhan—who provided one of the remixes for "We Belong"—and meese, with our mutual bud (and Caprio's partner) Randy, had a grand catch-up, brunching at Chelsea hot spot Elmo.