I first heard Kristine W in a gay disco called Neighbours. This would have been in the late 1990's. Neighbours had no windows or entrance facing the street. This wouldn't change until just a few years ago. Most gay clubs existed in semi-secrecy. In the 80's Neighbours had been targeted for bombing by a neo-Nazi group but the plot was foiled. I lived in Seattle for most of my life. As I mentioned before, a high school radio station had an outsized impact on dance music worldwide then and now. The teachers at the high school worked as DJs at Neighbours on the weekends. They discovered Kristine W and set her country western ballads to a dance beat. She was from Spokane, where I now live. She was a determined country artist with smart, emotional lyrics. She was getting nowhere. Then "the gays" discovered her, remixed her songs and made her a star of dance clubs, gay Pride stages, and a guest singer with gay men's choruses around the country. We adopted her heartfelt lyrics. She adopted our pain and struggle. Years later I met her in a coffee shop here in Spokane. I thanked her for what she meant to this gay man struggling with his identity. We cried and hugged. One More Try
Music video "One More Try".