Joy Oladokun featured on “Song Exploder”

Revolutionary singer, songwriter and musician Joy Oladokun is featured on the latest episode of the acclaimed “Song Exploder” podcast discussing his song “look up.” Listen HERE.

“look up” is from Oladokun’s acclaimed debut album, In Defense of My Own Happiness, which is available now via Amigo Records/Verve Forecast/Republic Records (stream/purchase here), which landed on numerous “Best of 2021” lists, including NPR Music, Billboard, Variety, American Songwriter, The Tennessean, Nashville Scene, The Bitter Southerner and many more.

To celebrate the music, Oladokun will debut on PBS’ “Austin City Limits” this Saturday, Jan. 15 as part of the legendary program’s 47th season and, later this spring, embark on his first-ever headlining tour. Upcoming shows include Austin’s Antone’s, Dallas’ Club Dada, Los Angeles’ Troubadour (sold out), San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, Seattle’s Neumos, Minneapolis’ Fine Line, Chicago’s Lincoln Hall, New York’s Bowery Ballroom (sold out), Boston’s Royale, Washington DC’s Union Stage, and Nashville’s The Basement East (two nights, one sold out) among several others. Oladokun will also debut at the Bonnaroo Music Festival this summer. See below for the full itinerary.

In Advocacy for My Own Happiness, Oladokun charts her own path, sharing the unique perspective she gained from living in today’s world as a black, queer woman and first-generation child of Nigerian immigrants. Born in Arizona and now living in Nashville, her musical exploration began at the age of ten when she was inspired to learn the guitar after seeing a video of Tracy Chapman – the first time she had seen a black woman. play the instrument.

Since its debut, Oladokun has continued to receive wide attention. She was recently featured on NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk (Home) Concert” series and performed on “CBS Saturday Morning”, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “TODAY”. She was also named a member of the #YouTubeBlack Voices Class of 2021, an NPR Music/Slingshot’s 2021 Artists to Watch, a Billboard LGBTQ Artist of the Month, Spotify’s RADAR US: Artists to Watch 2021, and Amazon. Music’s Artists to Watch 2021, was highlighted as part of HULU’s ‘Your Attention Please: The Concert’ alongside 24kGoldn, Kiana Ledé, Lil Yachty and Swae Lee, and her music has been featured on ‘CSI: Vegas from CBS, “This Is Us” from NBC, “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC’s “Station 19,” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Additionally, Oladokun recently collaborated with Brandi Carlile and Lucie Silvas on the new song “We Don’t Know We’re Living”, featuring Noah Kahan on her track, “Someone Like You” and featuring Jason Isbell for a new version of Bonnie Raitt’s “Can’t Make You Love Me” as part of Oladokun’s first Spotify Singles session.

IN DEFENSE OF MY OWN HAPPINESS (COMPLETE) TRACK LIST
1. Jordan
2. smoking
3. if you have any problem
4. I see America
5. Heaven From Here (feat. Penny & Sparrow)
6. young days
7. Sunday
8. bad blood
9. lost
10. Who should I contact?
11. Sorry Isn’t Good Enough
12. Take the Heat
13. someone i was
14. brick by brick
15. unwelcoming
16. Bigger Man (with Maren Morris)
17. Mercy (feat. Tim Gent)
18. let it be me
19. Judas
20. Mighty Die Young
21. breathe again
22. too high
23. look up
24. I wish you the best (with Jensen McRae)

JOY OLADOKUN CONFIRMS TOUR DATES
April 7—Austin, TX—Antone’s Nightclub*
April 8—Dallas, TX—Club Dada*
April 10—Phoenix, AZ—The Crescent Ballroom*
April 11—Los Angeles, CA—Troubadour* (SOLD OUT)
April 13—San Francisco, California—Great American Music Hall*
April 15—Portland, OR—Wonder Ballroom*
April 16—Seattle, WA—Neumos*
April 19—Salt Lake City, Utah—Soundwell*
April 20—Denver, CO—Summit*
April 22—Kansas City, MO—recordBar*
April 23—Davenport, IA—The Raccoon Motel*
April 24—Minneapolis, MN—Fine Line*
April 26—Madison, WI—Majestic Theatre*
April 27—Chicago, IL—Lincoln Hall*
April 29—Toronto, ON—Horseshow Tavern*
May 1—Boston, MA—Royal*
May 2—New York, NY—Bowery Ballroom* (SOLD OUT)
May 5—Holyoke, MA—Gateway City Arts*
May 6—Ardmore, Pennsylvania—Ardmore Music Hall*
May 7—Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—Thunderbird Music Hall*
May 9—Washington, DC—Union Stage*
May 10—Durham, NC—Motorco Music Hall*
May 11—Asheville, North Carolina—The Gray Eagle*
May 13—Atlanta, Georgia—Terminal West*
May 14—Nashville, TN—The Basement East* (SOLD OUT)
May 15—Nashville, TN—Basement East*
May 20—Gulf Shores, AL—Hangout Music Fest
June 18—Manchester, TN—Bonnaroo Music Festival
*with special guest Bre Kennedy

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