The 22-year-old queer singer-songwriter is ready to shake dancefloors with an energetic new track

BY VAL ZELASCHI, IMAGE BY ADAMA JALLOH

Pride does not end today – repeat it with me. And check out Cat Burns’ and Shermanology’s remix of Cat’s very own queer anthem, Free. A song close to her heart, Free is about finding the courage to come out, the pain of having to live a lie and the relief of embracing one’s true self.

The remix is the work of Curaçao-born and Netherlands-based duo Shermanology, featuring siblings Andy and Dorothy Sherman. Their 2021 Boyz N Da Club debut single made it to Annie Mac’s Hottest Record Of The World on BBC Radio 1 and their recent collaborations feature DJs such as FISHER and Eats Everything.

DIVA’s shortlisted Musician of the Year Cat Burns is a 22-year-old queer icon, whose incredible talent and powerful lyrics gained her over a million followers in the last two years alone. Born in Streatham, Cat has built her success from scratch. She went from playing her favourite covers on TikTok to supporting Ed Sheeran on his Europe tour this summer. 

Cat’s most recent EP, Emotionally Unavailable, is so easy to love and connect with. In her songs, she opens up about mental health and the struggles many Gen Z people face growing up in a world that can sometimes be overwhelming. Her honesty and talent have made her one of the top pop artists in the UK. Her platinum-selling single Go, of which she recently released a new version featuring Sam Smith, is today in the top five of the Official Singles Chart.

Cat originally wrote Free for her mum, who had struggled to accept her sexuality. Since then, the song has helped so many of Cat’s followers to come out. “I just wanted to help other people by being honest about my own experiences. It’s been really lovely to receive messages from people who used the song to help them come out to their parents, or that it helped their family to understand their identity,” she said on an interview with NME.


The soundtrack of Gen Z’s coming outs is about to get them dance, too. The remix of Free is out today, July 1, and will be available on all the most popular streaming platforms.

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