Peppermint, the trailblazing actress, singer, reality star, and activist who continues to defy limitations has released her brand new single, “Here For It”. A Girl Like Me: Letters To My Lovers is the first in a trilogy of album releases about the three stages of Peppermint’s most recent relationship. The album Trilogy took over a year to complete and focuses on Peppermint’s personal diary set to music with Volume 1 tackling the subjects of flirtation, lust and love.
In addition, Peppermint was recently featured on the GRAMMY Museum’s Collection: live series and is set to star in OUTtv’s, the world’s first LGBTQ+ network, new reality show “Call Me Mother” this fall. “Call Me Mother” will see drag mothers Peppermint, Crystal (UK Drag Race) and Canadian performer Barbada adopt and mentor up-and-coming drag talent over an 8-week journey as they compete to win the title of “First Child Of Drag” and a $50,000 prize package.
Peppermint’s star continues to rise thanks to her smashing success as the first out trans contestant to be cast on RuPaul’s Drag Race (Season 9) where she finished as runner-up in one of the series’ most-talked-about finales. Soon after, her talent led her to become the first trans woman to originate a principal musical role (Pythio) on Broadway in the hit Head Over Heels.
Peppermint can currently be seen in her new Twitch series “Pepp Talks” where Peppermint and her famous friends review classic black movies each week. You can also catch her on OUTtvgo’s new show “Translation.” In this weekly roundtable talk series, former contestants of RuPaul’s Drag Race; Peppermint, Jiggly Caliente, Sonique, and Carmen Carrera sit together to discuss various topics including politics and dating as they relate to their trans identities.
How would you describe yourself?
I would describe myself as a fabulous, fun loving, beautiful entertainer who loves to get the most out of life.
Talk to me about your new 90’s Inspired Summer Jam, “Here For It”?
That’s exactly what it is. I’ve been working on a lot of material lately, of which a lot of it has been very personal and very deep. I just released a recently a the first of three EPs which is 90s inspired music and it’s called A girl like me: Letters to my lovers. Also, it’s based on my real experiences. I was sitting around with my producers and was like “Let’s just do something fun”. My music is not about my relationship, it is not about my breakup. It’s just about having a good time, and maybe meeting somebody on a hot summer night. So, that’s the jam we got together with my producer, who is also the writer, and came up with this track. And when the track was ready, we went and filmed it in Los Angeles.
That sounds amazing. What is your ultimate summer fantasy?
Well, my ultimate summer fantasy would be to travel to Greece and meet a beautiful man who sweeps me off my feet. A beautiful rich man who can say “Don’t worry about anything, baby. I got you, you can keep your place in New York, and you can stay with me, and we’re just going to have fun and sex forever”.
A Girl Like Me: Letters To My Lovers is the first in a trilogy of album releases about the three stages of your most recent relationship. How did you come up with this idea?
The album idea came at came after the experience I had with my previous relationship. I was in love, everything was lovely and beautiful. And we were together for a while, and then we broke up. It was one of the best relationships I’ve ever had. With all of the highs and all of the lows, all the love and all the tears, all the happiness all the pain. And so, I decided to write about it. And as a matter of fact, I didn’t write a song, but 15 songs which I decided to spread out over three EPs. The second one is called Moment of weakness: Letters to My lovers, and comes out in August, and then, the third one will follow shortly thereafter and it’s about the beginning, the middle and the end of the relationship.
Who were your influences?
My musical inspirations are people like Prince and Janet Jackson, who I absolutely love and adore. In terms of music, I’m always been really inspired by 90s music and r&b. Some of the top songs from the 90s are definitely some of its r&b songs, and some of the r&b songs have hints of everything rock, hip hop, pop, rap, just different, you know, things from different genres.There was there was a lot going on in the 90s, like the Berlin wall falling, and at the same time, we were also getting our first cell phones and the internet was coming through. So, this is the time where we were connected globally. Additionally, 90s entertainment really saw the spreading of different types of culture and music and mixing all of those things.
How was it to be featured in GRAMMY Museum’s Collection: live series?
Oh my gosh, I was so honoured to be featured. When they asked, I said yes right away. And it was great to be able to interview with with Monet Exchange for that. That was such an honour. I think it’s great that organisations like the Recording Academy, the Grammy Museum are starting to to recognise queer artists and drag artists. Many of us are still independent artists, but are worthy of being able to have the same type of support that other artists get in the business. So, it feels good to be included in that.
Are you excited about the new reality show “Call Me Mother” that will be released this autumn? Can you give us some spoilers?
Someone will be upset. Someone will get in a fight. Someone will scream. And there will be tears. It’s a new drag reality competition show that I’m a judge on and I’m really excited about it. We just announced this summer and it premieres this fall on TV. And the premise is very different than other drag reality competition shows. The show focuses primarily on performance and the essence of the actual drag entertainer, who they are and what they really bring to the art of drag. The format is also really different because instead of just being individuals, it’s individuals in a drag house. And I am the mother of one of the houses.
How has your life changed since your participation in RuPaul’s Drag Race?
My life has changed, but also it has stayed remarkably the same. I still live in the same city, still in the same apartment, still friends with the same people, and do a lot of the same things and have the same interests that I had before doing Drag Race. I guess the biggest difference is that pretty much all of the things that I do now, are on a bigger scale and on a larger platform than before. And I’m really grateful for for the platform that I’ve been able to get
Would you go back to an All Stars?
Would I go back? Yes, I would go back if it were the right situation.
Are you in a happy place now?
Yeah, oh my gosh! I mean, I couldn’t be more exhausted. Now that Pride Month is over, I just want to go and lay down and just sleep and then take a vacation. So I guess I have to wait a while for my vacation but, yes, I’ve, I’ve started off in a really happy place. I’m so content with what I’m doing in my life and the things that I’m involved in and things that I have. I’ve felt like I have made it, you know, whatever that means. When I started working as a drag waitress in New York, and I was getting paid to go and perform and do drag several nights a week I was like “Oh, I’m a star, I’m in New York, I can pay my rent, that’s all I need”. And so, doing something like Drag Race, obviously, it’s different than being a waitress. So anything that happens after that point is extra.
How do you feel being the first-ever Ambassador to Trans Justice with the ACLU?
I’m really honoured that they asked me to be the ambassador to Trans Justice. The ACLU has worked for over 100 years fighting for equality and the human rights of marginalised groups and minorities. ACLU asked me to become an ambassador and to go to courts and see the judges and lawyers. Because most of their work takes place in the courts, and have to be there. So, and so it feels great to be able to be connected with the ACLU and be on the inside of all that, so that I can take all that information and share it.
What are your future plans?
My future plans are to release my next EP Moment of weakness: Letters to My lovers, and that’s all I’ll be focused on now.
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