NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On February 10, two-time Grammy Award winner Mary Lambert, flew in from Los Angeles to share her poetry and spoken word verses with Rutgers students at the College Ave Student Center.

Lambert is best known for her gay rights single “Same Love” sang with acclaimed artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

“An Evening with Mary Lambert” was co-sponsored by Rutgers University Programming Association, The Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT communities to promote Body Positivity and Awareness week at Rutgers University.

Lambert, only 26 years old, is not only a singer and songwriter.  She is also a spoken word artist and an avid gay rights activist.

Her love for music began as a young child while she grew up in Everett, Washington. During her interview, Lambert mused over her childhood, recalling her mother filling the house with sweet melodies about simple tasks, such as taking out the trash.

Her success as a spoken word artist began only seven years ago.

“Poetry was such a great discovery for me as an artist. There was things I couldn’t say in music. I couldn’t swear. I couldn’t say things in their former structure” explained Lambert.

Throughout her show Lambert chose to share several spoken word verses and poems. This animated entertainer surprised the crowd by also beautifully singing verses, creating an elegant mix between soft spoken words and soulful lyrics.

“I want my performance to be an invitation to connect” said Lambert. In support of Body Positivity and Awareness week Lambert touched upon a number of powerful and current topics regarding body image and self-appreciation, relaying her opinion and guidance.

Lambert recalled on her years in college and explained her purpose for speaking at Rutgers.

“That was when I was sort of at the peak of my self loathing and crippling insecurity and I’ve grown so much since then and I thought what a great opportunity to give some tools, some concrete tools rather than just saying love yourself.”

Throughout the performance, Lambert seemed comfortable and satisfied in her own skin. She glowed in a short-sleeved black top and a printed floral skirt. Her outfit and guidance was impeccable.

During her interview, Lambert shared special news about her second album titled, “Shame Is An Ocean That’s Hard To Cross” that is currently in the works.

Fans of this talented entertainer will also be happy to know that she is finishing up her second collection of poetry and has hopes of expanding her success to the fashion industry by creating her own fashion line.

As a closing statement, Lambert reassured her listeners that “You can’t love your body for what you want it to be, without loving it for what it is.”