Joy Oladukun‘s “I See America” is a powerful song about belief in a better world, as well as an honest and objective reflection on the state of the country. Performing it in her late-night television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, she’s backed only by an upright bass, a piano, and her acoustic guitar. Still, her poignant song flies from the stage through the audience and through the screen, striking evocative chords in listeners’ hearts and minds. On her major label debut album, in defense of my own happiness, Oladokun’s words point out what she sees from her rare vantage point as a black queer woman and first-generation American. Her breadth of experience also marries perfectly with an hushed, intimate sound throughout that album, but especially in “I See America.”
If you haven’t yet heard Joy Oladokun’s sweet voice or strong songs, then you may be able to see her in person this spring as she embarks on her first headlining tour across the country starting in early April.
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