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Joy Oladokun – In Defense of My Own Happiness

Joy Oladokun debuts new song, judas, from the deluxe album in defense of my own happiness (complete).

Breakthrough singer, songwriter and musician Joy Oladokun’s new deluxe album, in defense of my own happiness (complete), is out today via Amigo Records/Verve Forecast/Republic Records. The special extended edition includes all 14 tracks from her major label debut, in defense of my own happiness, as well as the ten additional songs from her self-released 2020 record, in defense of my own happiness (the beginnings), and one new track, judas.

In celebration of the new music, Oladokun will be featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” this afternoon speaking with host Ari Shapiro, and recently made her debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert performing sunday from Nashville’s newly opened National Museum of African American Music. 

Released last month via Amigo Records/Verve Forecast/Republic Records, in defense of my own happiness finds Oladokun forging her own path, sharing the unique perspective she’s 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 age ten when she was inspired to learn guitar after seeing a video of Tracy Chapman—the first time she’d ever seen a black woman play the instrument. 

Recently named one of the “Best Albums of 2021 So Far” by Rolling Stone and Variety, and one of Billboard’s “Best Albums by LGBTQ Artists of 2021 So Far,” in defense of my own happiness features special collaborations with Maren Morris (Bigger Man), Jensen McRae (wish you the best) and Penny & Sparrow (heaven from here) and continues to receive widespread critical praise: 

“She has a remarkable ability to distill how forces at work in the world…she can make even social and political protest feel like an intimate, warmly human act”—NPR Music 

“a serious talent with a kind of low-key, casual ease…she’s always seeking out the light to point the way, making for one of the year’s most uplifting listens.”—Rolling Stone 

“one of the hottest new singer-songwriters making music…surgical songwriting and soulful vocals that will send chills down your spine on each repeat listen.”—Billboard

“Joy Oladokun is a rare talent who manages to dissect Christianity, queerness, race and mental wellness with a delicate yet determined touch”—Vogue

“Oladokun’s message is not only timely, but essential.”—them.

“a stunning major label debut…any Nashville musician worth their salt should be pinching themselves to work with Oladokun, among the most exciting talents this city has seen in years.”—The Tennessean

“the rising singer-songwriter proves her worth as a master storyteller”—American Songwriter

Furthering her breakout year, Oladokun will tour throughout the fall including upcoming performances at Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Austin City Limits as well as several dates supporting Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and Dermot Kennedy. 

Oladokun has continued to receive widespread attention in the past year, including recent performances of album track, breathe again, on NBC’s TODAY and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The song also received a key placement on NBC’s This Is Us, propelling the track to reach #3 on Shazam’s U.S. Top 200 while also charting globally. Additionally, Oladokun has been named a member of the inaugural #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, Amazon Music’s Artists to Watch 2021 and Vogue’s #1 New LGBTQ Artists to Listen to Now, and was recently highlighted as part of HULU’s “Your Attention Please: The Concert ” alongside 24kGoldn, Kiana Ledé, Lil Yachty, and Swae Lee. In addition to This Is Us, her music has been featured on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, ABC’s Station 19 and NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Oladokun also recently teamed up with the ever-popular life simulation game The Sims™ 4 as part of their first-ever in-game music event alongside Bebe Rexha and Glass Animals. 

IN DEFENSE OF MY OWN HAPPINESS (COMPLETE) TRACK LIST

  1. jordan 
  2. smoke 
  3. if you got a problem
  4. i see america 
  5. heaven from here (feat. Penny & Sparrow)
  6. younger days 
  7. sunday
  8. bad blood
  9. lost
  10. who do i turn to? 
  11. sorry isn’t good enough
  12. taking the heat
  13. someone that i used to be
  14. brick by brick
  15. unwelcoming
  16. Bigger Man (feat. 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. wish you the best (feat. Jensen McRae)

JOY OLADOKUN CONFIRMED TOUR DATES

July 23—Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival

July 29—Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza

July 30—Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

August 4—Bellvue, CO @ The Mishawka*

August 5—Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre*

August 8—St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant*

August 10—Madison, WI @ The Sylvee*

August 11—Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory*

August 14—Grand Rapids, MI @ GLC Live at 20 Monroe*

August 17—Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre*

August 19—Boston, MA @ Leader Bank Pavilion*

August 28—Lexington, KY @ Railbird Music Festival

September 2—Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

September 8—Park City, UT @ Park City Song Summit 2021

September 11—Pelham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre+

September 24—New York, NY @ Rooftop at Pier 17+

September 25—New York, NY @ Rooftop at Pier 17+

September 26—Richmond, VA @ Virginia Credit Union Live at Richmond Raceway+

October 1—Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival

October 24—Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival

October 28—Grand Rapids, MI @ CFAC Auditorium at Calvin University

*with Dermot Kennedy 

+with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

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By: Ally Brewster

Throughout this pandemic, the artist Jesse Forte, known as Jforte, has continued to do what he has done his whole career since he began making music in 2013: push the boundaries of his music and what he can do as an artist. Jforte is constantly creating and expanding as he has out a new song every week over the course of the pandemic (55+ weeks). Throughout his career he has also founded his business “Young Revolutionary Minds,” hosts the YRM podcast, wrote three books, launching products, and training to become an astronaut, all while giving back to and empowering his community. His song “Make It Happen” is culmination of his drive, story he wants to put out into the world to inspire others. We had the opportunity to ask Jforte about his career and what’s next for the artist:

You stated that making music consistently throughout the pandemic was a goal of yours, and you’ve clearly done that with one song produced each week for 55+ weeks. Where did the idea of weekly songs come from and why was it so important to be weekly? 

After writing my third book, “Make It Happen” and listening to “It’s All In Your Head” 200 times, I realized I needed to be consistent and treat my gift like a job. Once I heard Russ express it the way he did, it made sense to me and I tried it out. So far, it’s been going well and getting better! Being able to put out a song weekly keeps me energized to create. I know that people may not listen right then and there, but the music will be there forever and it’s better to start now than later.

What is the production process like when you are making a new song every week? Is it any different than the production of other work you have made?

At first, I had music I wrote to beats that were famous. Then, I shopped around for beats that made sense for the music I was putting out. I would purchase the beats and write music to them. Once I got the hang of it, I started buying more beats, listening, and then sitting down. [I would use] pen and paper [to] writ[e] down my feelings, thoughts, ideas, concepts and purpose. The more I write, the better I get.

Once I get the lyrics down, I start to rehearse them, call up an engineer, and prep for the studio. I generally have at least 5 songs ready to go, just because I like to truly take advantage of the opportunity of using the booth–time is money. Most of my sessions last between 3- 5 hours.

When I write books, I try to write 2-3 pages a day. When I wrote “Fail Forward Through Success,” I would write in Cartel coffee in Tempe every day, and I wouldn’t leave until I pushed out 3 pages.  Same thing with “Redemption,” and “Make It Happen” was special because I wrote it during the pandemic.

Being someone as busy as you are, burnout seems inevitable. Have there been weeks where it felt impossible to make a song? Where do you look for inspiration in times where motivation may be lacking?

Whenever my mind becomes too loud, I get rest, meditate, take a break and when I feel better, I take a step forward with whatever the goal is. I’m cool with resting, but I’ll never lay down or give up on what I have intended to accomplish. Sometimes it doesn’t happen instantly, but patience and persistence have been the best lessons and gifts I possess. I have an engine that is going to go, whether I am motivated or would rather rest. That was instilled back at Parkview.

Was music always something you wanted to do, or was it more like a passion that snuck up on you? Who were your biggest inspirations when getting into the music industry? 

I was talking to Bow Wow a couple weeks ago on IG live and told him I performed “Basketball” for the talent show.  We bumped Pac in the car when I was 3 and I could hear Rakim through the womb when I was being created. That’s just confirmation that I am supposed to be right where I am and that these conversations are blessings from the universe saying “we got you” and to keep going!

I’ve always wanted to be a rapper. My second-grade teacher told me, “No.” Subconsciously, I listened to her for 20 years. Then, this inner me said to fuck her opinion and be happy. I knew I wouldn’t be happy if I wasn’t pursuing what was in me. That why it’s important to be around people that lift you up and let you dream!

My influences are Jforte and Yé– fun fact: I performed Roses at America’s Got Talent. They liked it but I didn’t make it past the 1st round. [Also,] Drake, Immortal Technique, Uncle Snoop, Meek Mill, Drake, Logic, Doja Cat, Cardi B, Jack Harlow, Bow Wow, Gucci, Rakim, Jay-Z, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Missy Elliott, Big Pun, 50 cent, Red Man, Method Man, HER, Queen Latifah, Lauryn Hill, Pharrell, Michale Jackson, Prince, Queen, Tribe Called Quest, Dr. Dre and so, so many more. I just love good music!

It’s apparent that “Make It Happen” is an important, encouraging phrase for you as it is both a song title as well as the title of your third book; where did that phrase come from and what does it mean to you personally?

“Make It Happen” became even more powerful for me once I started to realize that people enjoyed the song and it pumped them up! “Making It Happen” means that regardless of circumstance, we rise to the occasion. That means meeting a deadline, being there for your loved one or just staying committed to the vision you see within yourself.

My goal is to share my truth in a majority of my music. If you listen to what I say in “Make It Happen,” it’s everything I’ve specifically been through. By the way, I write 100% of my lyrics–no ghost writers or floating pens. I thought I should mention that because I take pride in making the music you hear from me.

You’ve pursued many different avenues throughout your life, from music, writing, and hosting podcasts to getting a technical degree in software engineering, college football, becoming an astronaut and even making a biodegradable toothbrush and charcoal toothpaste. What motivates you to explore so many different paths, many of which people choose as a career rather than trying to do it all at once?

I was a D student in elementary school. I bloomed in middle school and started getting A’s and B’s. Then high school hit, and I was a jock. Then college hit, and I did pretty well. I’ve had a chip on my shoulder most of my life, I think it comes from being an underdog, my upbringing, and just realizing I want the best for myself and the people that enter my life. I definitely haven’t taken an easy road, but I know that I rather take a road less travelled and lead the way than to do what’s easy and regret the journey I could have had.

On your podcast “Young Revolutionary Minds” you share and support people’s journeys in reaching their goals. What led you to decide to share these people’s stories as the topic of your podcast?

One of my favorite podcasters, and the reason why I started that, was because of Lewis Howes. He is a big inspiration to me and I love listening to his podcast, you should check it out! Listening to his [podcast], made me realize I have met amazing people around the world and I’d love to share what they are working on! On top of this, I wanted to build relationships with new people, learn from some of the new leaders of the world, and have something to do while I was figuring out who I was.

You’ve been through lots of highs and lows throughout your life. What advice would you give people, whether it be making it in the music industry, or just achieving their personal goals? What have you learned that you’d like to share with people?

Love yourself. Trust that you are someone to adore, and know that your dreams will manifest when you do the work. Secondly, make sure to fight for what you want. When I say fight, I mean relentlessly go after what you desire. If you don’t know, ask questions, preferably from people who have been there or know how to get there. When it comes to music, don’t be afraid to explore different genres. Put your music out, stop waiting for the perfect time. Right now is perfect and will improve! Lastly, create a vision board and look at it every day. Read it out loud, then do something each day that gets you closer. And dream big!

Being in the public eye you make impressions on people and inspire others. You seem to try to always give back to communities and try to have positive energy that you’re putting out into the world. What message or feeling are you trying to put out to the world? Why is it so important for you to have that positive energy you’re exuding?

Being an artist is a privilege and my vision is to inspire 7 billion people around the world through my voice, ways of life and community. I make a lot of music– some deep, some chill, others scary, and some gangster–but the message I’m putting out is, be you. Cuz I’m me, and I do it better than anyone in the world. 😉 Being me, of course.

In 2020 you came up with the ambition goal to release a new song every week, and you have not stopped. How long do you plan to continue that? What’s next for you in 2021?

I’m going to keep putting music out and when I need a break, I’ll rest. I make music because it’s my passion. In 2021, I’m manifesting opportunities to create music with the people I listen to like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Bow Wow, Drake Meek Mill and Russ. I plan on finding ways for more people to listen to my music and to be inspired.

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Rising Star, Lumane

Switzerland native Lumane is not your typical pop artist. Much of her inspiration stems from her mother playing “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven on the piano when she was just a toddler. At four-years-old, Lumane put her foot forward to be like her mom learning to play different instruments throughout the years to come. In the mix of that was learning to use her vocal gift in hopes of expressing her creative side.
Lumane had the opportunity to audition her talents at the age of 13 in front of superstar judges in Germany on a show called “Das Supertalent”, which is similar to America’s Got Talent. She sang her heart out only to be left with no invitation back. Lumane was determined to grow. Years later with thousands of hours put into vocal lessons and practice, she auditioned for The Voice in Switzerland making her way through 3 rounds. This progress wasn’t enough for Lumane.
Lumane did not give up. With the support of her family, she pushed further to achieve her dreams. She bought a plane ticket to New York to continue her studies in the city that never sleeps. While being in school 6 days a week to study Musical Theatre and Acting for Film & TV she continued writing and producing her own songs on the side. After finishing the two-year program she realized that songwriting and pop music was her true passion, not musical theatre. This lead her to audition for the Berklee College of Music in Boston and started her studies there only a couple of months later. Being surrounded by like-minded musicians was exactly the inspiration Lumane needed. After only two semesters at Berklee, an opportunity to finally take the first steps in using her talents to professionally create and record her first set of songs presented itself.
She packed her bags, returned her apartment keys, bought a plane ticket to Nashville, TN to start actively working on her dream instead of just learning about it in class and books. Lumane finished her degree from Berklee online while writing songs with award-winning producers and writers. This first true experience in the music industry left her thirsty for more.
In her music, Lumane wants to tell her story and experiences – moving to a different continent at 18 years young by herself, being an immigrant in the US and meeting the love of her life, as well as empower people to stand up for themselves and for what they believe is right. All of this comes wrapped in powerful vocals and beautiful melodies, accompanied by explosive beats and heartbreaking piano parts.
Lumane worked with a Grammy-nominated producer on songs like “Taboo”, “Letters”, and “White Lies” which are three recent releases from this electro-pop artist. Her next song titled “Poison” is a story we all have – the feeling you get when you find the right person for you after only meeting toxic people and seeing right through them. Sounds like a good song, right? You can hear for yourself on all streaming platforms.

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BRIAN JUSTIN CRUM DROPS NEW VIDEO “WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS” ON THE HEELS OF HIS BIG AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: CHAMPIONS WIN  

Brian Justin Crum, best known as the powerhouse vocalist from America’s Got Talent (Season 11) and now America’s Got Talent: Champions, has just dropped a new video “We Are The Champions,” fresh on the heels of his big win. Check out his winning performance of “Your Songhere.

The show-stopping talent, who garnered millions of views from his performances of Queen, Michael Jackson, Radiohead and Phil Collins –generated some of the highest online statistics seen by the show’s talent. He also won the hearts of the audience who resonated with his story of being an overweight, bullied, gay teen. He strongly supports anti-bullying and LGBT efforts.   

Check out “We Are The Championshere.

Crum also appears in the Queen musical ballet “Somebody To Love on February 14.

He will be releasing singles, video and a new album this year. Follow @brianjustincrum

 

Brian Justin Crum Returns to America’s Got Talent

Vocalist/entertainer extraordinaire Brian Justin Crum impressed millions of fans on America’s Got Talent Season 11, earning a 4th place finish with his impassioned renditions of “Somebody To Love” (Queen), “Creep” (Radiohead), “In The Air Tonight” (Phil Collins) and “Man In The Mirror” (Michael Jackson). He’s been invited to return to the show’s Champion’s segment, featuring the best of the best, with a big, debut appearance on January 28. He is among the most talked about AGT performers, garnering millions of views from his performances – which went viral and generated some of the highest online statistics seen by the show’s talent. Additionally, his personal story of being a bullied, gay youth also touched the hearts of many. Check out his performance and backstory here.

The singer/songwriter who soared to #2 on the Billboard Dance Charts with a cover of Robyn’s “Show Me Love,” and whose Broadway credentials include “Wicked,” “Grease,” “Altar Boyz,” “Next To Normal” and “We Will Rock You,” will also return to his theatrical roots appearing in the “Somebody To Love” Queen musical and ballet on February 14 at the Music Box in San Diego. Crum’s appearance as Galileo Figaro in Queen’s rock theatrical “We Will Rock You” was a pivotal role, leading to celebratory reviews and earning him a handful of awards for Best Actor. His growing fan base has led to demand for live performances all over the U.S., Australia and the Middle East. Crum will be releasing new music and content in the coming weeks.

Check out Brian’s upcoming Queen musical ballet “Somebody To Love.”

Oxygen Media Presents “Serial Killer with Piers Morgan”

PREMIERING MONDAY, JULY 16 AT 7PM ET/PT

Oxygen Media, the network for high-quality crime programming, will debut “Serial Killer with Piers Morgan,” hosted and executive produced by renown journalist Piers Morgan,  beginning with two episodes Monday, July 16 at 7PM ET/PT and Monday, July 23 at 7PM ET/PT. With unprecedented access to maximum security prisons, “Serial Killer with Piers Morgan” explores the minds of the most depraved serial killers for the first time. Having never spoken on camera about their crimes until now, each chilling hour centers around Piers’ up close and personal interviews with a killer.

 

Piers delves into the minds of killers who haunted communities for decades and attempts to discover what drove them to murder. He also meets with victims’ families and law enforcement to understand how the actions of these men wreaked havoc across America as police raced against time to try and catch them before they struck again. In the premiere, Piers meets with Mark Riebe. Riebe was convicted of one murder but confessed to police to the abduction and killing of twelve women, and even though he is incarcerated for just one murder and has since withdrawn these confessions, police believe if true Riebe is one of the worst serial killers in Florida’s history. In the next episode, Piers goes to Lorenzo Gilyard, also known as the Kansas City Strangler. For nearly two decades Gilyard brought fear to the streets of Kansas City, Missouri. Incarcerated for six murders, he is the prime suspect in a further seven. Until now, he has never spoken about his crimes and Piers sets out to discover what drove this seemingly ordinary man to kill.

 

About Piers Morgan:

Piers Morgan is best known for his role as a judge for six years on NBC’s No.1- rated America’s Got Talent, and also hosted CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live.” Morgan currently hosts “Good Morning Britain” for ITV and is also the US Editor-At-Large for DailyMail.com. His first book published in 2005, The Insider, Private Diaries of a Scandalous Decade, became an instant number one bestseller and sequel Don’t You Know Who I Am? Insider Diaries of Fame, Power and Naked Ambition also topped the bestselling list. This was followed up with God Bless America, Misadventures of a Big Mouth Brit and Shooting Straight, Guns, Gays, God and George Clooney.

 

“Serial Killer with Piers Morgan” is produced by Plum Pictures and Ferret Productions with Piers Morgan, John Ferriter and Stuart Cabb serving as executive producers.

 

About Oxygen Media:

Oxygen Media is a multiplatform crime destination brand for women. Having announced the full-time shift to crime programming in 2017, Oxygen has become the fastest-growing cable entertainment network with popular unscripted original programming that includes the flagship “Snapped” franchise, “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” “The Jury Speaks,” “Cold Justice,” “Three Days to Live,” and “It Takes A Killer.” Available in more than 77 million homes, Oxygen is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Oxygen anywhere: On Demand, online, or across mobile and connected TVs.

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SKY KATZ MAKES MUSIC VIDEO DIRECTORIAL DEBUT WITH FALL BACK

AVAILABLE NOW

Link to watch: youtu.be/Zc8t-No3aAc

COVER ART FOR MEDIA USE (Credit: Emmanuel Escarraman | @eevisual

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 9, 2018) – Hip hop recording artist/actress Sky Katz has released her new single FALL BACK, accompanied by a music video, which the teen stars in and made her debut behind the camera. “Fall Back” is the follow up single to her Top 40 fan favorite “For Da Summer”. The new track captivates listeners with its infectious beat, catchy hook and relatable message about staying grounded no matter where life takes you.

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About Sky Katz:

Sky Katz is one of Hollywood’s most talked about young talents. Sky stars as the scene-stealing spunky neighbor Tess in Disney Channel’s Raven’s Home; the spinoff of the iconic sitcom That’s So Raven— Season 2 premieres on June 25th. Previously, a contestant on season 11 of America’s Got Talent, Sky wowed the judges and audience with her impressive rapping skills and freestyle. The teenage free spirit immediately caught national attention and has performed on MTV’s TRL and Summer in the City, Harry, New York Knicks Halftime Show at Madison Square Garden, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, and SXSW.

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Sky Katz

Sky Katz is an American actress, composer, and rapper known for her role as Tess on Disney Channel’s Raven’s Home. She was once an America’s Got Talent contestant during season 11 (2006), where she stunned the audience with her impressive rapping skills and freestyle, performing her singles “Fresh” and “Haters.”

Sky has been influenced by many rappers from different generations and styles. She is the youngest member in her family of four children. When she is not acting or recording in the studio, she loves playing basketball and spending quality time with her friends and family.

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