From Upcoming Debut, The Inevitable Album
(Album Release Date: May 6, 2014)
It’s been nearly a year since Jinkx Monsoon, “America’s next drag superstar,” stole America’s heart with her winning turn in RuPaul’s Drag Race (LOGOtv). Today the versatile entertainer has premiered her first music video, for the song “Coffee & Wine” from her upcoming full-length debut, The Inevitable Album (due May 6).
A sexy, tongue-in-cheek little song about chemical dependency, “Coffee & Wine” was written and arranged by Jinkx’s musical co-conspirator Major Scales (aka Richard Andriessen), who is the main composer for the original songs on the album, as well as the musical director. “Just like any other relationship, you might miss them, get sick of them, or resent needing them by your side,” says M. Scales of the addictive liquids being honored in the song. “Just make sure to use in moderation unless, like in a relationship, you enjoy the headache.” The video was directed by Alex Berry, another of Jinkx’s frequent collaborators (and the creator of the upcoming film Drag Becomes Him), and shot on location in Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center.
Audio Stream for “Coffee & Wine”
Inspired by Bette Midler’s The Divine Miss M, The Inevitable Album features a guest appearance by Fred Schneider (B-52’s), who wrote one of the original songs for the album, and who Jinkx and M. Scales both refer to as “a personal hero.” “The album also has many send ups to my favorite influences,” notes Jinkx, name-checking Billie Holiday, Patsy Cline, Amanda Palmer, Marlene Dietrich, Cole Porter, burlesque and cabaret performance, and of course vodka on the rocks. “We concocted an album that is a cohesive mixture of classic and contemporary.”
Watch the video below
“Coffee & Wine” is currently available on iTunes.
Jerick Hoffer, aka Jinkx Monsoon, is a Portland-born entertainer who started his career in the Seattle theater (Spring Awakening, RENT, and the lead in Hedwig and the Angry Inch by the Seattle Theatre Group) before landing a winning run on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Since then, Hoffer has performed as Jinkx Monsoon for adoring fans across the country and around the world; co-starred with Richard Andriessen (aka Major Scales) in a critically acclaimed off-Broadway run and Australia fringe festival tour of the original cabaret comedy, The Vaudevillians; performed as Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray in Concert (5th Avenue Theatre); and co-starred with Peaches Christ in the much-buzzed-about Return to Grey Gardens.
Jinkx will be performing tracks from her upcoming album as part of RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of the Seasons Tour:
April 22 Atlanta, GA @ Centerstage
April 23 New Orleans, LA @ The Civic Theatre
April 24 Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
April 26 Knoxville, TN @ NV Nightclub
April 27 Louisville, KY @ Headliners
April 29 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
April 30 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
May 1 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
May 2 Fargo, ND @ Concert Hall at The Venue
Jinkx Monsoon Solo Dates:
May 3 Orlando, FL @ Parliament House
(The Vaudevillians show & Jinkx solo show)
May 4 Orlando, FL @ Parliament House
May 8-11 New York, NY @ Laurie Beechman Theater
(album release shows with full band)
May 17 Seattle, WA @ The Paramount
May 31 Vienna, Austria @ Life Ball 2014
June 6-7 San Francisco, CA @ The Verdi Club
Hoffer will also be featured in a full-length documentary of the web series Drag Becomes Him; and will perform with Major Scales in a summer run of The Vaudevillians at The Art House in Provincetown.