Jason and deMarco Return to Richmond
Musicians Jason and deMarco return Sunday, Febuary 13 for two performances as part of the 2nd Annual Love Equality Style weekend.
No strangers to Richmond, the duo begins their day at Metropolitan Community Church followed by an evening concert at the Gay Community Center of Richmond.
Jason and deMarco met in Hollywood in 2001 and launced their act shortly after. Last year, their documentary film, We’re All Angels, made its debut on LOGO. They have released eight CDs with their latest release being “SAFE”, produced by David Eaton, and is available in Best Buy stores nationwide and online at www.jasonanddemarco.com.
This couple stay busy sharing their music and message of faith around the world, as well as being involved in their non-profit project of the same name – S.A.F.E. (Safe, Affirming, Family Enviroment).
In an interview with the duo, they share some of their life experiences.
deMarco has been singing longer than he remembers. His mom tells stories of him returning from Catholic nursery school singing songs that the nuns had taught him; meanwhile, Jason traveled around with his mom singing and ministering to people in nursing homes and places.
deMarco left the Catholic church before he came out and says he would not be accepted in the small Italian Catholic community where he had not known any gays. He had began his singing career through performing in mainstream musicals when he met Jason.
They soon realized if they were going to have any time together it would have to be while traveling. deMarco says Jason invited him to sing one song together and the response was incredible, so they have never stopped.
deMarco says there is a significant difference in acceptance now compared to when they first set out touring eight years ago. “The media, TV, movies are to thank for that. “ deMarco adds, “you can’t have a hit show these days without a good gay story in it! Martin Luther King said it best; the moral arch of history leans towards justice, over time people’s hearts soften.”
He says peoples are realizing we are not monsters, we are normal people.
“Being grateful for life. It’s easy to go down the wrong road of wondering why they are still booking their own tours, or not having larger venues, and then we realize we are having a great career,” deMarco says. ”Being sucessful financially as well as empowering and inspiring other people. So many would love to be in our shoes. Someone asked us why we didn’t audition for American Idol. Why? Those people want what we have now”.
deMarco says the couple rarely faces animosity when traveling.
“I feel traveling in the circles we do, it is a very loving enviroment. I don’t feel I am a gay person walking around. I just feel Jason and I are two people accepted by our church, family and friends,” he says.
“Maybe in some areas we don’t hold hands if we are walking down a street, but Jason says I don’t do that anyway! Once in a while we have a someone show up at a concert telling us we are messing up young people, or trying to tell us we are wrong, but that doesn’t happen very often.”
In 2011 the couple releases a new video, continues touring the new album, and continues work on their SAFE project building a drop-in center for LGBT youth.
The new center will offer computer access and workshops for improving job skills. “Communities are coming together to make this happen,” deMarco says. ”People are volunteering and I am blown away by it. It’s just incredible!”
At this Sunday’s event, Jason and deMarco are planning to share and empower while adding a dash of their funny story telling to the mix.
Jason and deMarco perform Sunday, February 13 at 10:30 a.m. at Metropolitan Community Center, 2501 Park Avenue, and at 6 p.m. at the Gay Community Center of Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Avenue. Tickets, $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door. Photo courtesy Jason & deMarco.
Artist, photographer, life enthusiast, mom and grandmom - Sylvia's grandkids are her partners in crime. Together, they love traveling and exploring off the beaten path. Find Sylvia's art at http://artographybysylvia.com
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