Recently Little Big Town in their hit song "Girl Crush" sang about a girl fantasizing sexually about another girl. Now, Ty Herndon is preparing to be the first gay country singer to sing about gay themes on his forthcoming album. Ever since Herndon came out as gay, he isn't about to sing heterosexual love songs.
"I may be the first man in country music to sing a love song to another man. And I'm very proud to do that," Herndon tells People. "I'm not changing the 'he's for 'she's.' It's straight on who I love. Love is universal.
"I'm keeping it unisex, but there are a few songs that I've written that I wrote about my own life," he adds. "That's the one thing about country music - you got to sing what you know."
Herndon is heading into the studio later this month to begin working on his new album, which he says comes on the heels of one of the biggest adjustments of his life.
"I want to get [through] my first year of being an out gay man. I'm still getting my footing with all that," he explains. "And still remain true as a country artist. I'm still the same old redneck I was before I came out. So I have a responsibility to the fans to make great country music out there."
After keeping his sexual orientation quiet for so long, the Mississippi native says that the freedom is exhilarating.
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