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The Demi Ramos Show: Catie Turner

Comedy & Tragedy:Act 1 is out now

The last time we talked to Catie Turner, she had just released her breakout single "God Must Hate Me." Since then, she's added singles like "Step Mom" and "Easy" to her catalog, demonstrating the emotional center and lyricism of a complete artist. Five years removed from American Idol, her appearance on the show is now the beginning of the story, not the main part.

Favorites and new tracks make up her latest project, Comedy & Tragedy. Act 1, which includes "God Must Hate Me" and five other songs, arrived on June 9. The second volume will be out later this year. To support the release, Turner starts a headlining tour tonight in Chicago with best friend Sophie Holohan opening.

Watch Demi Ramos talk to Turner about Comedy & Tragedy, life on tour, and how she feels about her experience on Idol.

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Photos and Interview by Jordan Edwards

With his breathy bedroom vocals and heartbreaking lyrics, JORDY is something of a throwback. You can imagine the LA singer-songwriter on a mall tour in the early '90s or performing on the original TRL. He doesn't just sing about love and breakups, he sings about the moments inside those relationships.

We met up with JORDY at Venice Beach to eat some ice cream and talk about new music, including the single "Dry Spell."

"Dry Spell" is about lust vs. feelings, and you’re not shy about the subject on social media. Do you think people in general are becoming more comfortable with queer artists talking about sex?
I’d like to think so! I try to always be as authentic and conversational in my music as possible. Sex is actually something I’ve felt shame attached to for a long time, so making this song was incredibly cathartic for me. Talking about sex is very important and I think that as a queer person, it’s important to allow my queer listeners to feel seen and heard. Straight artists have always been singing about sex; we should be able to do the same.

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With her talent, high energy, and vintage style, Catie Turner quickly became an American Idol favorite. She didn’t win, but her seventh place finish was enough to earn a loyal fanbase.

But what happens after the show is over?

Watch Jordan Edwards and Demi Ramos talk to Turner about forging her own path, signing to a major label, and the success of her single “God Must Hate Me.”