Interview: Lip Service star Heather Peace on new album The Thin Line

Interview: Lip Service star Heather Peace on new album The Thin Line

‘It’s for every kid that has ever messaged me on social media to say they are being bullied'

After locking lips on Lip Service with Laura Fraser then with Daniela Denby-Ashe on Waterloo Road, Heather Peace has turned back to her first love – music. Following a sell-out tour with her 2011 debut album Fairytales, Peace is back with The Thin Line which features Peace’s throaty vocals on everything from Motown-infused tracks to heart-wrenching ballads.

Peace certainly knows her stuff, describing the technical details of the recording process with an enthusiasm that's infectious and, to be frank, more than a bit sexy. When she speaks to The List, she’s giddy with excitement at having received the physical copies of the new album which features what she describes as her 'big gay anthem', 'We Can Change', a bold and brassy hymn to tackling homophobia. ‘It’s for every kid that has ever messaged me on social media to say they are being bullied and it’s a message to anyone that opposes equal rights for LGBT people,’ says Peace.

Although she's frustrated at being pigeonholed as a ‘lesbian actress’ or ‘lesbian musician’ – her wife claims she's better at playing the piano than kissing anyway – her commitment to social change is evident. ‘I'm ready … this is our time now,’ Peace growls on 'We Can Change', possibly the sexiest call to action since Che Guevara donned that beret, and she speaks passionately about breaking down barriers: ‘the basis of all hatred is pointing out what's different instead of finding the common ground.’

With the new album and a fresh outlook on life, Heather Peace is ready to show the world that there's much more to her than her sexuality.

AXM, Glasgow, Fri 13 Jun.

Heather Peace

Concert from singer and actress Heather Peace, star of Lip Service, London's Burning and Waterloo Road.

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