100 Women We Love: Tylan Greenstein

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“I think it's important to own all parts of who you are,” says Tylan Greenstein, lead singer of the band Girlyman and solo artist. “For me, that means walking out on stage every night wearing a jacket and tie and a pompadour and singing with a female, alto voice.” Girlyman’s self-released debut, Remember Who I Am, sold thousands of copies before it was re-released successfully by Daemon Records, an indie label created by Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls. Greenstein is getting ready to drop her first solo album, One True Thing, this summer. “In my early days with Girlyman, I used to be scared to get up in front of these folky audiences at festivals where no one looked like me, and sing songs like ‘Young James Dean,’ which is about growing up as a tomboy,” says Greenstein. “A lot has changed for the better in the past 10 years, but it still takes courage some nights to trust that people will get it. It's worth it to just put it all out there, your presentation and your art, forget about being cool, and trust that it'll land the way it needs to. You never know what people take with them.” –NHM

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