Although out 24-year-old singer-songwriter Jake Hagood — better known by his stage name, Who Is Fancy — only has two singles under his belt so far, he is already starting to make a big name for himself in music.
Not just because of his admittedly catchy songs. Not just because of his sultry, soulful voice. Not just because he’s already collaborated with superstars like Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor. But because in the short time that he’s had in the spotlight, he’s already shed light on topics too many mainstream singers ignore. Like LGBT inclusion, visibility for people of color, and especially body positivity.
“Those music videos are straight from the things I go through. Weight has always been an issue for me; sexuality has always been a topic around me. Because I grew up in the South, where I’m from, being gay isn’t condoned, and also it’s not talked about. It’s not a conversation,” Fancy said in an interview with The Advocate earlier this year, recalling how different versions of the music video for his first single “Goodbye” featured people from all different walks of life.
“I wanted these videos and this whole Fancy movement to be the start of a conversation,” he continued. “I wanted people to know that, regardless of size, gender, color ... I want to be able to help people, young people especially, start those dialogues and have those conversations.”