Justin Tranter Hosts "Beyond": The Third Annual Spirit Day Concert Benefiting GLAAD & LGBTQ+ Youth


Justin Tranter performs onstage at "BEYOND" Spirit Day Concert Presented by Justin Tranter and GLAAD at Sunset Room Hollywood on October 16th, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA.

Photo credit: Jerod Harris / Getty Images for 'BEYOND' Spirit Day Concert 2019 Presented by Justin Tranter and GLAAD


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Los Angeles (October 17, 2019) - Last night, acclaimed songwriter & activist Justin Tranter hosted "BEYOND", their third annual Spirit Day Concert benefiting GLAAD at Sunset Room Hollywood. With over 500 guests in attendance, the event raised more than $400,000 for GLAAD's Spirit Day anti-bullying campaign to support LGBTQ+ youth, a record amount for the concert. As a GLAAD Board Member and dedicated advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community, Tranter has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the organization to-date. For more information on Spirit Day, please visit here.

"BEYOND" featured a setlist of nonstop hits and showcased memorable performances from Tranter, Bebe Rexha, Idina Menzel, as well as LGBTQ singer-songwriters Jesse Saint John and Jozzy. Notable guests also included Troye Sivan, Emily Hampshire (Schitt's Creek), Shea Diamond, Victoria Monet, Monique Heart (RuPaul's Drag Race), GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis, August Getty, Frankie Grande, Parson James, VINCINT, Stephanie Rice, Karl Schmid, and Angel Bonilla, and donations were made by Bebe Rexha, Troye Sivan, August Getty, CEO of Warner Records Aaron Bay-Schuck, and more. This year's event was proudly sponsored by the Ariadne Getty Foundation, CAA, and Ketel One Family-Made Vodka.

GLAAD'S Spirit Day Campaign encourages millions of people across the globe to wear purple or "go purple" on Spirit Day (October 17th, 2019) in a united stand against bullying and show of support for LGBTQ young people, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment. Purple symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Each year, GLAAD organizes hundreds of celebrities, media outlets, brands, landmarks, sports leagues, influencers, faith groups, school districts, organizations, colleges and universities to participate in Spirit Day, the most visible anti-LGBTQ bullying campaign.

In 2017 and 2018, Tranter presented the first and second iterations of the Spirit Day Concert at The Sayer's Club. 2017's event, entitled "Believer", featured performances by Hailee Steinfeld, JoJo, Courtney Love and Adam Lambert, and other noteworthy guests that appeared at the event included Carly Rae Jepsen, Troye Sivan, Superfruit (Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi), Laura Marano, Chris Colfer, Betty Who, Gigi Gorgeous and Tinashe and more. 2018's event, called "Beyond", raised over $400,000 for GLAAD's Spirit Day Campaign and featured appearances by Nick Jonas, Dan Reynolds, Ariadne Getty, Darren Criss, Derek Hough, August Getty, Shea Diamond, Katherine Langford, Daya and more.

About Justin Tranter
Within five years, Justin Tranter reshaped, reconfigured, and redefined popular music as a GRAMMY® Award-nominated songwriter with over 40 million single sales, 7 billion streams, and dozens of honors and award nods thus far. Simultaneously, Justin remains a committed philanthropist and GLAAD Board member that gives back at every term. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2002 and founding New York glam-punk fire-starters Semi Precious Weapons in 2006, Justin has become one of the industry's hottest songwriters. They landed their first mega-hit by co-writing Fall Out Boy's quintuple-platinum "Centuries" before going on to co-write Selena Gomez's "Good For You," Justin Bieber's "Sorry," DNCE's "Cake By The Ocean," Hailee Steinfeld's "Love Myself", Fifth Harmony's "Dope", Britney Spears' "Slumber Party", and numerous other songs. In 2017 alone, they landed four Top 10 smashes at Pop Radio, namely Imagine Dragons' "Believer", Julia Michaels' "Issues", Halsey's "Bad At Love", and Maroon 5's "Cold". Meanwhile, Billboard proclaimed Selena Gomez's "Bad Liar" (co-written by Justin) as "Best Song of the Year." By year-end, the maverick garnered "Songwriter of the Year" at the BMI Pop Awards and stood out as "the only pop songwriter to land two songs on Variety's 'HitMakers' Most Consumed List'". In 2018, this game-changer became the only songwriter nominated for both 'Song of the Year' at the GRAMMYS® and 'Best Original Song' at the Golden Globes®. Tranter also won Songwriter of the Year at the 2018 BMI Pop Awards for the second consecutive year and was nominated for Songwriter of the Year at the Spotify Secret Genius Awards.

In addition to writing on two of the biggest albums in recent memory (Ariana Grande's Thank U, Next and The Jonas Brothers' Happiness Begins), Tranter has also written with Camila Cabello on her acclaimed new single "Easy", YUNGBLUD and Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds on their brand new collaboration "Original Me", and a number of other artists including King Princess, Dua Lipa, Sara Bareilles and more so far this year. 2019 also sees them reimagining the industry from a different angle as an entrepreneur, mini-mogul, and founder of Facet Records alongside their longtime publisher Katie Vinten and in conjunction with Warner Records. With a record label and publishing company under Facet, they built a platform for the next vanguard of genre-blurring, game-changing, and groundbreaking artists, songwriters, producers, and talent to flourish.

GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love. For more information, please visit http://www.glaad.org or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.

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October 17, 2019 3:45pm ET by BB Gun Press  

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