With 'Alive,' Pop Artist Joey Suarez Reflects On The Purpose Of Pride

The Los Angeles-based singer hopes his new single is a reminder of "how important it is to thrive in life" despite challenges.

Singer Joey Suarez is reflecting on his whirlwind tour of LGBTQ Pride festivals in a new single and music video.

HuffPost got an exclusive first look at 鈥淎live,鈥 viewable above. The video serves as a colorful, behind-the-scenes recap of Suarez鈥檚 Oct. 14 performance at Las Vegas Pride, an experience he said 鈥渉elped me find purpose, both on- and off-stage.鈥

鈥淚 was beyond ecstatic to visit so many diverse communities, one of which was Vegas,鈥 the 26-year-old Texas native, who now resides in Los Angeles, told HuffPost. 鈥淎nd man, what a way to end a tour!鈥

A former model, Suarez has been carving out a space for himself in the dance music realm following his 2016 debut single, 鈥High in the Sky.鈥 He followed up the release of that track with a three-song EP, 鈥Candy Kid,鈥 a year later.

In the meantime, he鈥檚 become a sought-after performer at LGBTQ Pride events across the country. Along with his Las Vegas stop, his 2019 trek saw him taking the stage in cities that included New York, Detroit and Pittsburgh.

Joey Suarez (right) wrapped his 2019 tour of LGBTQ Pride festivals in October.
Joey Suarez (right) wrapped his 2019 tour of LGBTQ Pride festivals in October.
Courtesy of Joey Suarez

As for 鈥淎live,鈥 the song reflects how he came to terms with his sexuality, as well as how others close to him have dealt with addiction and diabetes, among other challenges.

鈥淎ll of these obstacles represent moments in life that we can overcome together,鈥 he said, adding that he hoped to remind listeners 鈥渉ow important it is to thrive in life because we are still alive.鈥

The track, he said, will be featured on a remix album slated for release later this year. He鈥檚 currently at work on a music video for the song 鈥淐hanging History,鈥 an as-yet-unreleased duet with fellow pop artist Jaki Nelson slated for early 2020.

Also planned for next year, he said, is a new YouTube series that will explore his artistic journey.

Suarez, who has cited Beyonc茅 and Troye Sivan as influences, has always had a flair for electronic dance music. He hopes to delve further into the genre on future recordings.

鈥淚 like music that makes you happy and makes you want to move,鈥 he told HuffPost in 2016. 鈥淚f it doesn鈥檛, then I鈥檓 not interested.鈥

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