Michaels reflected on first meeting Barry backstage at her West Hollywood show, The Dreamgirls Revue. Despite being very raw in terms of drag, the veteran immediately recognized the young performer's potential. When friends in Vegas called looking for a Britney impersonator, she referred the future star.
A theme throughout her career, Osborne acknowledged, is honest, authentic examinations of life. Combined with early participation in Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair -- which gained an early reputation as a wonderland for lesbian fans -- the singer has gained a strong following within the LGBT community.
Today, nearly everyone knows the words to "It's Raining Men" -- especially within the LGBT community. While the song's authors might have predicted its lasting impact, particularly on gay audiences, vocalist Martha Wash certainly never did. In fact, she admits The Weather Girls didn't even want to sing it!
During our telephone interview, the Grammy Award-winning performer showed significant introspection talking about her work with everyone from The Rolling Stones to Tina Turner. Her gears were nearly audible as we discussed 20 Feet from Stardom, the Oscar-nominated documentary showcasing Fischer and others who've made careers of singing backup for music industry giants.