“… this certified bop blends elements of pop, rock, and dance with an infectious beat… damn, we are definitely here for it. ” – OUT Magazine
“… an effectively seductive and posturing modern R&B jam.” – PopMatters
“Locke dazzles… This Houston native brings the funk!” – AFROPUNK
Doug Locke is a Black actor and musician from Houston, Texas with more than 10 years in the industry. As a musician his influences include Prince, Jimi Hendrix, Lenny Kravitz, Rihanna and Madonna. His work has been featured in The Huffington Post, AFROPUNK, Out Magazine, Idolator, GLAAD, Logo’s NewNowNext, Upworthy.com, PopMatters.com, Blurred Culture and many others. His Spotify counts over 860,000 streams and Soundcloud sports over 30k streams.
His single “#ThisCouldBeUs” hit no.32 on the iTunes Hot 100 chart. The music video for this song has over 1.2 million views and his video for “In or Out” was nominated for “Best Indie Music Video” in the 2018 Queerty awards. Locke returned to Houston to film his music video for “KING” which has a strong anti-bullying message and themes of self-empowerment and love.
In addition to playing shows all over Los Angeles (The Hotel Cafe, The Roxy, Boardner’s and others), Locke recently headlined Portland Pride Festival. He has made televised appearances on kCal/CBS ‘Morning Show’ in Los Angeles and ‘Great Day Houston’ in Texas. Locke has just released “Black Travolta,” the first in a series of 3 mini EP’s to be released in 2020.
ARTIST STATEMENT ABOUT “WHY?”
“I began writing the song “Why?” last year. My heart was broken yet again by the Anti-Black violence that plagues this country. Donald Trump’s Presidency and the agenda of his cabinet has continued to underscore a dark turn in American history. The growing proliferation of hate crimes, videos of police brutality and the murder of Black Americans (that seldom results in justice) has worn heavy on my heart. After the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, something in my heart died. I knew I had to finish the song and release it. This song my response, as a Black man, to the turmoil and the ugliness of the injustice that plagues America. We chose to include the angelic sounds of the gospel choir singing the word “Love” throughout the chorus is a beautiful beacon of hope to contrast the darkness.” The closing verse is dedicated to the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre, the largest mass shooting by a single gunman in American history. May they rest in peace, never forgotten.”
– Doug Locke
“My mission is to add a little beauty to the world through my art and hopefully to inspire others to live their truth. I believe that there is nothing more courageous than living a life of authenticity. Let us celebrate fierce individuality and practice radical self love though self acceptance and empowerment.
So, I encourage you to take up space, raise your voice, be heard.
Here’s to the outliers and the rebels who keep pushing the boundaries dictated by society; I see you. In the words of Grace Hopper, ‘It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.’ Be kind and leave this world a little better than you found it.”