American Idol Alumni Rayvon Owen Captivates at Outloud Festival Thoughts+Photos: Rayvon Owen at Outloud Festival For WEHO Pride 6/3/23
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA- WeHo’s Outloud Festival might be known for showcasing a pantheon of established LGBTQ+ artists, but it’s also a springboard for talented newcomers. This year, one of the early highlights was undoubtedly the captivating performance by Rayvon Owen.
Taking the stage with a humble smile and a bright spirit, Owen immediately commanded attention with his rich, smooth voice… not to mention his loud yellow ensemble. There’s a soulful timbre to his singing, a warmth that can’t help but pull you in. He navigated through his pop-infused R&B set with effortless grace, showcasing a range that was as impressive as it was emotive.
The true testament to his appeal? None other than Demi Lovato was spotted in the photo pit, clearly enjoying Owen’s performance. It’s not every day a newcomer earns such esteemed audience.
Though Owen might have come to prominence through American Idol, his performance at Outloud made it clear that he’s no longer just a talent show contestant. He has evolved into an artist in his own right, one whose music resonates deeply with the LGBTQ+ community, and whose raw vocal talent can captivate a crowd.
His songs are intimate narratives of love, self-discovery, and acceptance, themes that strike a chord with listeners from all walks of life. And yet, Owen brings an unflinching honesty to these universal themes that gives his music a distinctly personal touch. From his initial foray into the music industry to his coming out as gay in 2016, his experiences have shaped him as an artist. They have given his music depth and nuance that, coupled with his exceptional vocal talent, sets him apart from his peers.
An early performance at the festival it might have been, but Owen’s set was memorable. He left the stage to rousing applause, the audience moved by his poignant lyrics and striking vocals. His performance served as a potent reminder of the power of music, not just as entertainment, but as a means of connection, self-expression, and advocacy.
The festival is all the richer for having showcased an artist like Rayvon Owen. His music, his journey, and his unwavering authenticity are exactly what the spirit of Pride is all about. This might have been many people’s first exposure to Owen’s music, but if his performance at Outloud is any indication, it certainly won’t be the last.