Orville Peck, known for his signature masks, emerged in 2018 with his debut single “Big Sky.” His masks, with a leather upper and fringe, offered a blend of mystery and fetishistic allure. As Peck’s fame grew, he started revealing more of himself, shifting from fully covering masks to simpler Zorro-like coverings. This evolution reflects his desire to avoid stagnation and be more vulnerable in his artistry, as is revealed in recent PAPER Magazine cover profile.

Peck’s journey has included notable milestones: signing with a major label as the first openly gay country artist, performing at Coachella and Stagecoach, and collaborating with legends like Willie Nelson and Elton John. After a challenging period affecting his mental and physical health, a project with Nelson reignited his passion for music, leading to his duets album “Stampede: Vol. 1,” featuring a diverse range of collaborators.

He’s currently on tour, promoting “Stampede: Vol. 1,” while teasing “Vol. 2,” which includes a “dark disco country” track with Diplo and Kylie Minogue. He embraces evolution in his music and persona, aiming to push boundaries and encourage his fans to grow with him. Peck’s work blends queer and mainstream country elements, fostering inclusivity in a genre traditionally seen as conservative.

Read the full story at PAPER Magazine

Photography: Brett Loudermilk

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