Aidin Vaziri | Mary Lambert caught the world’s attention singing the hook on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ equality anthem “Same Love,” which earned her an invitation to perform at this year’s Grammys (alongside Madonna, Queen Latifah and 33 couples exchanging marriage vows) and, just last week, at the White House. Now she’s hoping to win people over with her own deeply personal work via the recent EP “Welcome to the Age of My Body.” Lambert, 25, performs June 20 at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley.
Q: You were at the White House for the Harvey Milk stamp issuance. How did it feel to sing for the president?
A: The president and first lady had other business to tend to, so they were not there. But I think that was a good thing because it made it more about Harvey Milk. It made me realize, this is our first gay icon on a stamp. This is where we usually put people like Martin Luther King.
Q: Does it sometimes feel as if you’re doing your career in reverse, going from performing at the Grammys to jumping in a van to open shows while people find their seats?
A: Oh, God. I never thought about it like that. Everything that happened with “Same Love” is a separate entity. Where I am with my solo career is more of an honest trajectory of the work I’ve put in. As soon as we were in Grammy rehearsal, I knew it was not about me.
Q: What did you and Madonna talk about?
A: There was a moment where she wiped the tears off my face, and that was the highlight of my life. I wish I could remember. But it’s sort of like what I imagine a wedding day to be like – it was a blur.