GLEE's Kevin McHale Releases Debut EP 'Boy'
Globally acclaimed vocalist, songwriter, and former Glee star Kevin McHale has released his debut EP Boy via innovative content platform and global distributor Vydia. The EP can be streamed on Spotify, Apple Music, and all DSPs worldwide.
McHale's indie debut project has already pocketed millions of streams in just a few months and added to tens of thousands of playlists globally.
"This EP is about having confidence in being self-conscious," Kevin explains. "As counter-intuitive as that may sound, I just mean that it was all about being able to express whatever I wanted regardless of how self-deprecating or vulnerable or arrogant it might come off, and to feel good and confident about that because ultimately the music is for me - for me to express my memories, feelings, thoughts and work through them. I want this music to be a conversation for those who see themselves in it and those who don't and myself - an open dialogue about our experiences with no filter and some nice beats."
The EP's debut single "Help Me Now" is currently featured on Spotify's "Out Now" playlist and all of June's download proceeds from his follow up mid-tempo "James Dean" will be donated to The Trevor Project, in honor of Pride month.
After over a decade of assuming key roles on everything from FOX's EMMY® Award-winning Glee to the acclaimed ABC mini-series When We Rise, with his debut EP Kevin McHale is formally introducing himself as an artist with an infectious and idiosyncratic take on pop. As a child in Texas, he took the first step towards a life in music. In 2007, he launched his career in the pop group NLT before transitioning to film and television full-time. Beyond memorable spots on the likes of True Blood and The Office, he spent six seasons on Glee as fan favorite Artie Abrams in addition to touring the country in the show's live production and appearing on the big-screen in Glee: The 3D Concert Movie. During this time, he attracted millions of followers online and garnered nominations at the Teen Choice Awards and beyond. Along the way, he quietly wrote songs and spent countless hours in the studio. Encouraged by NLT collaborator and producer Justin Thorne as well as songwriter Wednesday, he crafted his debut solo EP, Boy-released as the first artist signing for Vydia in 2019. The project illuminates the nuances of Kevin's manic love for a wide swath of genres, finding a middle ground between influences as diverse as SZA and nineties pop favorites a la Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears.
In addition to releasing new music, Kevin recently launched a new podcast with former Glee castmate Jenna Ushkowitz. Titled Showmance, the project is part of The LadyGang/ PodcastOne Network and features Kevin and Jenna interviewing some of film and television's favorite best friends about their work-life balance and maintaining friendships in Hollywood.