Epiphany is the mouthy drag performer with a great voice and lots to say with it. Here’s more of just what that might be:
Me: “Hey, Epiphany. First of all, what in your childhood affected the way you carry on today?
Epiphany: “I am the only child of two very loving and wonderful people. Both my parents have always been supportive of me. They split up when I was two. My mom, then realizing that she was a lesbian, decided to live openly as one. I had a hard time in school, always ‘disruptive’ and then, when confronted by the teachers, I was ‘argumentative’ or ‘insubordinate’. They always used to tell me that I should be a lawyer because I loved to argue.
“At a very early age, I was introduced to the theater. I was put in dance around the age of 5 and started singing at 8. This became an addiction I still can’t cure. Socially, I had it rough, lots of gay taunts, lesbian mom taunts, fat kid taunts, looking like a girl taunts.
“But the stage gave me an escape from my life and I dug in hard and studied well. Combined with my opinionated and critical mind and my desire to be accepted by straight men, I started dabbling in ‘drag’. I use the theatricality of real life to make myself into a hyper idealized version of who I sometimes want to be.”
Me: “How does it feel to be one of the handful of New York drag queens who can actually sing?”
Epiphany: “It feels great to sing! If you can sing, you must sing. It is your duty to the universe for giving you such a gift. So many queens say, ‘Oh, I can sing, I just don’t ’cause it’s not my thing’. Yeah, bitches, you can sing…LIKE A MAN!!!!
“I had the same vocal coach throughout my childhood who coached me through the rough years when my voice changed. He gave me the option to keep my high voice from being a child or change it and allow it to drop. I decided to keep it high and that’s why I can sound like a woman when I sing.
“Performance in general has become so lowbrow in this new century. Being a drag queen and singing live isn’t all you might think it is. Yes, I am one of very few, and yes, my art is elevated to a place the great Broadway doesn’t rival. Yet most of America is stuck in the era of drag where lip-synch and poop jokes and making fun of people who have no defense because they have no microphone constitutes talent. I try to be better than that.”