Mindless harassment, shit storms and cyber-bullying are the daily grind of social media. Without getting too peculiar fussing over the many reported suicide incidents and countless therapy hours yet to be spent, one’s got to acknowledge the destructive potential of modern mass communication tools. Some do just that.

First it was Prince William and wife Kate Middleton to announce plans for tackling cyber-bullying. Now, a queen is joining the fight. RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Kelly Mantle’s new pop track, “Keyboard Courage”, is intended to be an anthem for anyone who has been harassed or stalked online.  “I’ve been called every name in the book,” she reveals.  “One person tweeted ‘Kelly Mantle is so ugly.  She looks like a burn victim going through chemo.’  Luckily, Kelly’s strong sense of humor allows her to brush off many of the personal attacks, but she wrote the song after meeting young fans being victimized online by kids in their schools. “Not everyone can laugh it off. It’s a scary thought that someone’s heartless, mindless words could drive another person to take their life.”

Kelly Mantle is an entertainer extraordinaire.  Whether she’s acting, singing or brandishing her sardonic comedy, her high-energy shows captivate audiences, leaving them wanting more. She grew up in Oklahoma like her uncle, the late great Mickey Mantle. She received a B.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Oklahoma and is a graduate of Second City in Chicago.

 

“My hope is that Keyboard Courage can be that song kids listen to and be reminded to not get discouraged by online bullies,” continues Kelly Mantle from her Hollywood home. Produced by Steven Phillips, who also produced Mantle’s last album Satellite Baby, “Keyboard Courage” is a high energy, 80’s inspired pop track. It’s fun but with a powerful message. The lyrics include actual negative comments that Kelly Mantle has received.

It isn’t the first time Kelly Mantle has reflected on real life in her music. She followed her elimination from RuPaul’s Drag Race with a song called (what else?), “Eliminated”.

“One of my favorite things to do is to sit down with my guitar or at my piano and create a song about something that just happened to me,” she explains. “I get off on turning life experience into lyrics. Ya know, figuring out how the rhythm behind the words can convey what happened. I’m all about turning life into art.”

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“Keyboard Courage“ is the first single from the album. Along with it, Kelly is releasing a new music video. “I wanted to make a fun video showing me in my element playing live music on stage,” she says. “It’s what I’ve wanted to do since I was little girly boy growing up in Oklahomo. Hopefully, it will inspire others to go after their dreams!”

Kelly Mantle’s “Keyboard Courage” is now available on iTunes.

For more information, visit KellyMantle.com.

 

 

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