Out singer-songwriter Jake Shears'
debut solo album will be released in August.
The 39-year-old Shears is best known as
the lead male singer for Scissors Sisters. After releasing their
fourth studio album Magic Hour in 2012, the band announced
they would be taking an indefinite hiatus.
Since then, Shears has appeared on
Broadway and released a memoir.
Shears regrets coming out gay in high school.)
“I created the record that I wanted
to hear, that I felt had been missing from my life,” Shears wrote
on social media.
“It took time, was handcrafted and is
something that no one else could have made. These songs were cooked
low and slow in the South, in Kentucky and New Orleans, with humor,
heartbreak and horns.”
“If it sounds expensive, that’s
because it was. This is the sound of actual human beings, playing
real instruments onto tape.”
“It took two years to make and for
months I slept in the studio, behind the old upright piano.”
“Whenever I had any self-doubt, I
reminded myself – this is exactly how all of my favorite records
were made, with fingerprints, sweat and honesty. It’s a record
about finding yourself, again,” he added.
On Friday, Shears
released the video for “Creep City,” the first single from
his upcoming 11-track album.