Charlie Peck recently underwent hormone replacement therapy (HRT) so he could transition from female to male. As we're all aware, when a person transitions from one gender to another, not only does their appearance change but their voice does too. While lots of transgendered people take before and after photos of their physical transformation, not everyone thinks to keep a recording of their old voice. But, Charlie did.
The transgender singer recorded his vocals for a cover of Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros on his first day of HRT, then nine months into his treatment, he once again took to the mic to record new vocals with his lower register. The result is a mind blowingly beautiful duet.
Charlie told The Huffington Post that he decided to take on this project after coming to the realization that his voice is an important part of his new identity.
“I was first and foremost hoping for a voice that I could identify with,” he explained. “In contact with other humans, the filter through which everything you say is perceived is your voice. I was also really scared that I would not be able to sing any more. With these thoughts in my head an idea about singing as a way to show others my journey started to form."
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