Mary Lambert's music always packs an emotional wallop. So it's no surprise that just 10 days after the massacre at Orlando's LGBT nightclub Pulse, she brought some healing sounds to The Advocate's Los Angeles office.
Now, on the one-month anniversary of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history — which targeted LGBT and Latino people — the out singer-songwriter has a message for everyone who is still grieving or still scared to gather with friends and family in the spaces where our community has so often sought refuge.
"If there’s one thing we can learn, it’s to dance anyway," says Lambert. "It’s to sing anyway. It’s to kiss anyway. It’s to hug everyone. It’s to love harder, love louder. Despite — always despite."
See what else Lambert has to say about the healing power of music and the resilience of the LGBT community in the exclusive video below.
While she was in The Advocate's L.A. office, Lambert offered a haunting tribute to the 49 people killed and 53 injured one month ago with an a capella rendition of "Amazing Grace." Watch it below, and be prepared for goosebumps.
Drew Kiser contributed to this article.