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PACKER × Reebok Answer IV “Ultramarine”

Reebok and Packer are teaming up to release a limited-edition release of Allen Iverson’s notorious Answer IV. The Answer IV’s are a blast from the past, referencing sport, style and culture of the ‘90s and early ‘00s. The Packer x Reebok Answer IV ($180) will be available on January 21 solely in-store and online at Packer.

Allen Iverson

NBA basketball legend and style/ culture icon of the ‘90s and early ‘00s, Allen Iverson exemplifies the aesthetic viewpoint from this time period. Celebrated for always sticking to his wits and having shaped an entire generation through fashion and culture, the Packer Answer IV serves as an honor to the legacy that A.I. created.

The shoe is reminiscent of designs from the ‘90s and early ‘00s, equipped with timeless navy leather/ grey mesh upper, highlighted by red accents. The shoe captures the essence of A.I.’s spirit during the prime of his stylistic impact.

Available exclusively at Packer, Friday, January 21.

11:00am EST online @ PackerShoes.com

12:00pm EST in-store @ Packer Jersey City

$180 / size 6.5-15

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FASTEST GROWING TOURIST ATTRACTION OF KOREA – INCHEON

Korea has quickly earned increasing global interest and attention with the rise of online cultural trends. So many people are intrigued by the experience of Korean culture, and since Korea has been continuously recuperating from COVID-19, the Incheon Tourism Organization predicts that international tourists will be able to indulge in trips to Korea very soon.

Seoul has been often regarded as the leading tourist attraction in Korea, but Incheon may triumph over Seoul modernly. Conveniently located by the sea amongst islands and numerous filming locations of Korean cultural content, tourists can now encounter trips in the area with Incheon’s smart tourist platform.

Incheon Tourism Organization suggests the following tourist locations to get to know the true essence of Incheon.

Wolmido Island – Location from Squid Game

Wolmi Theme Park (Wolmi My Land) opened in 1992 and is the oldest amusement park in Wolmido. The park has become exceptionally popular as it was the filming location of Squid Game, where Deoksu meets his gang members. Fans come near and far to get photo ops at Wolmi There Park, indulging in dalgona like the characters from Squid Game and to admire the breathtaking sunsets.

Yeongjongdo Island – The Heart of Korean Content

Yeongjongdo Island is typically the first site that tourists encounter, as many international airlines arrive in Korea via Incheon International Airport. One of the top art and entertainment resorts in Yeongjongdo Island, Paradise City, is noteworthy for the multitude of music videos, photoshoots and fan meeting sites for K-Pop artists. Paradise City isn’t the only filming location for Korean content from TV series to reality shows in Yeongjongdo Island. Eurwangni Beach is where BTS filmed one of their music videos, and is a must-visit for those looking to appreciate a stunning sunset in Korea.

Incheon Open Port – Smart Travel via Incheon Easy App

Incheon Open Port may just be the most significant historic tourist attraction that allows for an experience of the 19th century, and the present. Domestic and international visitors can take pleasure in these trips by using the Incheon Easy app. The app includes tourism suggestions, transportation reservations and a luggage keeping service. Download the Incheon Easy app if you plan on traveling to Incheon soon. (Available on Google Play and App Store).

If you’re in search of the perfect tourist destination that will submerge you in culture, entertainment and history, you’ve found exactly that in Incheon.

Nija – Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You

Capitol Records recording artist Nija announced the January 28 release of her debut solo project, Don‘t Say I Didn‘t Warn You, and unveiled the album‘s cover artwork. Now available for pre-order/pre-save HERE, Don‘t Say I Didn‘t Warn You is a brash and self-assured work, an R&B project that takes cues from hip-hop‘s confidence and pairs it with a no-nonsense approach all Nija‘s own. It was executive produced by Jack Rochon.

“I‘m taking the power role,“ says Nija. “There‘s vulnerability in the music but it‘s a different approach. Instead of ‘oh, you hurt me,‘ it‘s like, ‘Damn, you did that to me? That‘s crazy. I‘ma move on but you fucked up for that.‘“

After dropping her first three singles in 2021 “Ease My Mind (Come Over),“ “Finesse“ and “On Call“  Nija has been dropping hints about the project by posting snippets on YouTube and TikTok and sharing playlists on Spotify and TIDAL. She‘s been named as one of Vevo DSCVR Artists To Watch 2022 and was tapped by Spotify to help launch its new Lyrics feature.

Born in New Jersey and now based in Los Angeles, Nija had written scores of Billboard Hot 100 hits before she had even turned 21 Rolling Stone called her “one of music‘s most sought-after songwriters.“ Now at 23,  the three-time GRAMMY Award-winning contributor is gaining widespread acclaim for  her own music and relishing in the freedom to fully express herself. People said, “the brain behind some of the biggest hits is  now ready to make a name for herself.“ VIBE hailed her as “a vocal talent whose sultry tone brings her lyrics to life.“

“There‘s a stigma against songwriters turning into artists because usually they give all their sauce away,“ says Nija. “But I‘ve always made sure I went above and beyond people‘s expectations, so don‘t say I didn‘t warn you about that.“

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January Performances at Drai’s

Drai’s Nightclub is bringing the heat this January. Mega-star artists like Rae Sremmurd, French Montana and many more will take over the stage every weekend to put on explosive full-length performances as part of the Drai’s LIVE concert series. Drai’s LIVE offers fans an up-close and personal experience with some of today’s biggest stars for phenomenal full-length performances in an experience unlike any other on The Strip.

The Drai’s Nightclub lineup for January is listed below.

Nightclub Lineup

  • Friday, Jan. 7 – DJ Franzen  
  • Saturday, Jan. 8 – Rae Sremmurd
    • Rae Sremmurd consists of real-life brothers Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee. The duo has released platinum-certified singles such as “No Type,” “No Flex Zone” and “Swang,” as well as their first album, “SremmLife,” also reaching platinum status.
  • Friday, Jan. 14 – DJ Franzen
    • Drai’s resident and legendary DJ and producer, DJ Franzen, is known for creating an amazing party atmosphere.
  • Saturday, Jan. 15 – TI
    • Three-time Grammy award winner, TI, has released several highly successful singles including hits such as “Whatever You Like” and “Live your life” featuring Rihanna. He has also collaborated with some of today’s hottest artists such as Jeezy and Gucci Mane. 
  • Friday, Jan. 21 – Fabolous
  • Saturday, Jan. 22 – Juicy J
  • Friday, Jan. 28 – Nelly
    • Ranked by the Recording Industry Association of America as the fourth best-selling rap artist in American music history, rap veteran Nelly has sold over 21 million albums in the United States.
  • Saturday, Jan. 29 – French Montana

Drai’s Nightclub is open Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tickets and VIP table reservations are available on the website HERE.

About Drai’s Beachclub ✕ Nightclub

Drai’s Beachclub ✕ Nightclub takes entertainment and nightlife to new heights in an unmatched setting – 11 stories high on the rooftop of The Cromwell with dazzling views of the Las Vegas Strip. Drai’s Beachclub is a 30,000-square-foot oasis with multiple pools shaded by 10 towering palm trees, a variety of cabanas and bungalows, and two full-service bars. Inside, Drai’s Nightclub is a 25,000 square-foot palatial, multi-level club with an expansive dance floor, massive LED lighting systems, and modern technology featuring more than 7,000 square feet of the most state-of-the-art high-definition LEDs in production, including a towering 80-sided LED disco ball—the only one of its kind. Drai’s Nightclub is home to Drai’s LIVE, an unprecedented concert series that provides fans with the opportunity to see full-length performances by top performers like Wiz Khalifa, Future and 2 Chainz in an up-close setting unlike anything else in the world. Drai’s is located at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Boulevard. More information, including reservations, tickets and hours, is available at their website. Follow Drai’s on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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92nd Street Y

92nd Street Y (92Y) is a nonprofit civic and cultural facility that aims to bring people together through the performing and visual arts, education, health, fitness and Jewish life. 92Y has a wide assortment of programs, classes and events open for the community that nurture creativity. Such curricula includes online and in-person live concerts, parenting workshops, master, fitness and art classes.

The mission of 92Y is to house resources that promote the physical, mental and spiritual health of individuals throughout their lives. Founded 147 years ago, all the programming generated at the 92Y center is built on the foundation of Jewish values. While curated to serve Jewish people, 92Y follows the Jewish value of welcoming all differing ages, races, religions and ethnicities of people.

The Knights Ensemble in Residence

As a collective of musicians seeking to renovate the orchestral experience, The Knights are artistically directed by the Jacobsen brothers, with Eric Jacobsen as conductor. The Brooklyn-based orchestral cooperative The Knights showcased the first of three concerts during this fall and spring at their residency at 92Y.

The heart of the concert stages two classical works – Schubert’s bright “Unfinished” Symphony and Vaughn Williams’ superb The Lark Ascending, featuring Knights Artistic Director Colin Jacobsen as violin soloist. The programming of The Knights navigates Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the 1990s and Vienna in the 1820s, highlighting subjects of revitalization and renewal, while echoing Schubert in work of a Creole-influenced composer.

360 Magazine was invited to attend The Knights concert on Saturday December 11. We stood by, bearing the recent loss of love. Our heads were heavy, entering this season, but be that as it may, we gathered the courage. And, what the audience witnessed was nothing short of astonishing – suspensive string clips, haunting flute sounds coupled with intermittent triangular percussion rings penetrated the auditorium.

Eric (conductor) and Colin’s limitless love for one another was the vitality of this whole series. Their playlist literally tickled our souls, watered our desires while our vellum hairs danced with deception. Each section took us on a mental roller coaster – sitting in the forward car, enjoying the initial fall with our hands toward the sky. This meticulously blended set is like good wine and possesses all the sweet and refreshing notes of Napa.

Eric ran into sweat directing while we were all mesmerized at his art of bending the air. Colin dominated the audience with his vulnerability, eerie arrangement and tremendous talent. To sum up, The Knights adopt an unorthodox approach to music, exposing their joie de vivre to whomever is willing to embrace their truth.

Eric Jacobsen

Conductor of The Knights Eric Jacobson has gained the reputation of leading revolutionary projects. Jacobsen has conducted The Knights at New York venues including Carnegie Hall and Central Park, as well as internationally at the Vienna Musikverein, Cologne Philharmonie and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. Serving as Music Director of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Jacobsen was recently appointed Music Director of the Virginia Symphony. With much call as a guest conductor, he too just led the Camerata Bern, Detroit Symphony, Alabama Symphony, ProMuscia Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Philharmonie Merck and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad.

Colin Jacobsen

Known as a violinist and composer, Colin Jacobsen is a captivating figure serving the classical music scene. Jacobsen was named one of the top 100 composures under 40 by NPR listeners. Operating as an active Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning soloist, he has toured with Silkroad since it was established in 2000. For his landmark work in the string quartet Brooklyn Rider and orchestra The Knights, Jacobsen was chosen amongst the nation’s leading visual and performing artists to obtain an esteemed United States Artists Fellowship.

Wed, Jan 19, 2022, 7:30 pm ET

The Knights collaborate with pianist Aaron Diehl for a blend of jazz and classical music. The ensemble welcomes Diehl as they explore Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue and trailblazer Mary Lou WilliamsZodiac Suite. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 is also featured with varieties from Ravel’s Baroque-inspired Le Tombeau de Couperin. Closing out the show is Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, arranged by Michael P. Atkinson.

Sat, Apr 30, 2022, 8 pm ET

Edgar Meyer, critically acclaimed double bass virtuoso and composer, unites with The Knights for the New York premiere of his second concerto. The show unfolds with a showing of Jamaican-born British composer Eleanor Alberga’s Shining Gates of Morpheus featuring Knights hornist David Byrd-Marrow. The closing of the show continues the American spirit of Meyer’s work is Coplands’ Appalachian Spring.

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New York Homicide Premiere

True crime programming Oxygen is delving into some of the most hair-raising and recent homicide cases in New York City with the premiere of “New York Homicide.”

New York is a popular and influential city for people around the world, with such an impeccable blend of cultures, customs and language. This new series delves into the crime scene of New York and the people that are doing work to put an end to these murder cases. Investigators take viewers through some of the most intricate cases with help from former and current detectives. The stories of each murder place focus on the families of the victims. Loved ones are able to communicate the impacts of each murder and show the investigation process that follows each homicide.

Some of the cases that are covered in “New York Homicide” include:

The Last After-Party – 26-year-old Joey leaves an exclusive Meatpacking District club at 3am and tells his friends he’s going to an after-party with some new people he met that night and is never heard from again. His loved ones join forces with the NYPD to solve the infamous case.

Deadly Spell – Mama Edna, resounding matriarch of the Haitian community in Brooklyn is found murdered in her home. NYPD dive deeper into the case, revealing a voodoo practice that leads to an unimaginable discovery.

New York Homicide” comes from Good Caper Content and premieres Saturday, January 1 at 10:00pm ET/PT on Oxygen. New episodes air Saturdays at 9:00pm ET/PT. For a sneak peak, watch HERE.

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Julio Macias & Michaela Jae Rodriguez –LATINA Magazine

Michaela Jaé Rodriguez and Julio Macias are LATINA’s latest cover stars. MJ, the multi-hyphenate talent makes history again as LATINA’s first-ever trans cover star and Julio Macias graces his first-ever cover. The dual cover feature celebrates two rising figures in Hollywood that are paving the way for the new generation of Latinx talent in the entertainment industry. LATINA is committed to amplifying the diverse voices across all spaces, championing the next generation of Latinx creatives.

See Rising Mexican American actor Julio Macias‘s cover HERE.

Macias knew early in his career that he did not want to become pigeon-holed into roles that were placed in films to depict hostility and inflict fear. Macias gained a lot of gratitude and admiration after starring in the character of Oscar Diaz, a tough, East LA cholo that goes by “Spooky” and is committed to guarding his younger brother on the Netflix show “On My Block.” Macias said goodbye to the life-altering character in October. Oscar was able to shed light on and represent numerous Chicano fans that saw themselves in the character.

Macias has continued to share his experience of being a Mexican American in the entertainment industry. He continues to discuss themes surrounding his journey of immigrating to the US, the process of adapting to American culture and just the overall challenges that he’s had to face from his childhood to the present. When discussing the entertainment industry, Macias states “in retrospect, I look at it and I’m like, wow, the community as a whole wasn’t diverse enough for me to feel comfortable easing into it. It was very much, adapt or be an outsider.”

While chatting with Laura Sanchez on his path to where he is today, he reveals an experience from when he was cast in the Latino Theater Co.’s production of “A Mexican Trilogy,” written by Evelina Fernandez and directed by Jose Luis Valenzuela. Part of the production for “A Mexican Trilogy” was compromised of Chicano players, and this permitted Macias to discover more about his culture. The experience allowed for him to learn more about his culture that he hadn’t while growing up. He states, “I consider myself part of the Chicano culture…I want to teach it, I want to be a part of it and hold it truthfully. And even though I’ve never necessarily felt like an outsider, I understand that people still see me as an outsider, so how can I bridge that gap?”

Starring in LATINA’s surprise second cover, this is, too, Macias’ first cover moment. The dual cover was led by Latina’s Chief Content Officer, Camila Legaspi. Legaspi aimed to highlight innovators and rising forces in television. Legaspi discusses Macias, stating “”LATINA continues to amplify diverse individuals across all industries and it’s really exciting to have Julio Macias as our surprise dual cover star. He is an incredible rising talent in Hollywood and we are proud to highlight the next generation of creatives.”

Earlier this year, the beloved actress, singer, and activist Michaela Jaé Rodriguez smashed the glass ceiling by becoming the first trans actor nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on Pose. The multi-hyphenate talent makes history again as LATINA’s first-ever trans cover star.

Themed around Michaela Jaé Rodriguez’s ability to tell stories and real-life role both on and off-screen as a protector, the rising force opens up about her journey breaking into the industry, repping her hometown in Newark, NJ, and her Afro-Latinx identity, “One thing that I learned as an Afro-Latina, is that I should never, ever, ever be afraid — which I never was — but it was always instilled in me, to never be afraid of your heritage.”

See Michaela Jaé Rodriguez’s cover HERE.

Michaela Jaé reflects deeply on her Emmy achievement: “I feel like it was an ode to my ancestors on how hard they had to fight within the trans community. ​I feel like it was also an ode to my Latino and Black ancestors who never got a chance to see, you know, the ones thrive before them or see the ones thrive after them.”  And how she sees her beloved character, Blanca, as an inspiration. “I had my mother, I had my father, I had my second dad. I had the LGBTQIA community. I had all of those beautiful opportunities to be loved on. Blanca had none of that, and yet she still created it.”

It’s no surprise that the wunderkind has Hollywood and now the music industry buzzing. The self-proclaimed “regular girl from Newark” has captured the hearts of many and along the way has brought marginalized voices to the forefront.

Examining how her family support system, her Afro-Boricua identity, and her deep desire to entertain, have all intertwined beautifully in her life, LATINA uncovers that Ms. Rodriguez’s family is the life force that elevates and guards her, especially her mother. “She celebrates and embraces all of her intersections: Black, Latina, Puerto Rican, a Newarker; a performer, a woman, and a trans girl; all fluidly.”

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New Years Eve in Villa Lena, Tuscan

Villa Lena, the popular artist retreat and agriturismo in rural Tuscany, is delighted to announce that they will be re-opening for one week this December to celebrate the New Year. Welcoming guests back to the Villa from the 28th December 2021 until the 5th of January 2022, there will be a full program of activities, including authentic truffle experiences, creative workshops, and nature walks, as well as a gastronomic feast and entertainment for New Year’s Eve.

During this unique seasonal experience, guests are invited to stay with Villa Lena’s creative family celebrating the local Tuscan history, culture, and food within an environment that offers friends and families the chance to disconnect from daily life and indulge in rest and relaxation in the Tuscan countryside over the New Year. 

360 Magazine is excited to see how much culture is being shared during this time of year, this would be a great place to create wonderful memories. Villa Lena is introducing an offer, 7 nights with 1 night free over the NYE period, available to book online here

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DBD Academy’s Espresso Nutcracker

Dallas Black Dance Academy (DBD Academy) presents its fourth annual Espresso Nutcracker, with a new twist on a holiday tradition. The performance is jazz-influenced by the music of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. Co-Sponsors for the Espresso Nutcracker are Macy’s and the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture.

The single performance is scheduled for Saturday, December 11 at 7 pm in the Majestic Theatre in Dallas, TX. The performance is also available via live streaming and on-demand. Through their sponsorship, Macy’s is sharing virtual viewing access with up to 30 social service agencies and children’s hospitals nationwide. Last year’s initiative allowed over 1,500 youth and families the opportunity to virtually share the holiday experience.

“We are honored to provide support to such an incredible organization, whose impactful work plays a vital role in strengthening and enriching our community,” said Emma Conniff, corporate giving associate at Macy’s. “The holidays are when Macy’s shines the brightest, and we are excited to partner with Dallas Black Dance Academy to spread holiday magic to viewers of all ages.”

DBD Academy Director Katricia Eaglin choreographed Espresso Nutcracker with assistance from the academy ballet instructors of the Pre-Professional Division levels 1-4 students who will perform in the production. Eaglin was inspired to use the traditional Tchaikovsky music along with tracks from Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite, selecting Ellington tracks that were still recognizable to the original work. She added narration to the performance as well as an African dance to the Land of Sweets Act that includes Spanish, Arabian, Chinese, and Russian dances in the original.

“I was inspired to create and produce the Espresso Nutcracker for Dallas Black Dance Academy so our academy students could be involved in the Nutcracker tradition,” said Eaglin. “We’re excited to have our students re-enter the theatre and share how they have grown while training virtually during the 2020-2021 season!”

DBD Academy is the official school of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT), and allows students to learn virtually and in-person. The original Nutcracker Ballet, choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, is one of the most famous ballets in the world and tells the story of young Clara’s magical journey on Christmas Eve.

Many dance academies bring in professionals to dance key Nutcracker roles, but Dallas Black Dance Academy students will dance all the key parts, such as the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen. DBDT professional dancers will dance the adult characters of the Mother, Father, and Drosselmeyer.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre is limiting seating capacity to allow for social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines and because of limited ticket availability, DBDT will not be able to give discounts on groups or subscriptions this year. You can watch the live stream broadcast in real-time beginning at 7:00 pm CDT on Saturday, December 11, while the on-demand option will be available starting at 9:00 pm CDT Saturday through Monday, December 13, 11:59 pm CST.

JOY OLADOKUN – SUNDAY

JOY OLADOKUN DEBUTS SPOTIFY SINGLES SESSION

FEATURES NEW VERSIONS OF “SUNDAY” AND BONNIE RAITT’S “I CAN’T MAKE YOU LOVE ME” FEAT. JASON ISBELL
FIRST NATIONWIDE HEADLINE TOUR CONFIRMED FOR SPRING 2022

PRESS ASSETS HERE

Breakthrough singer, songwriter and musician Joy Oladokun’s debut Spotify Singles session is out today. Listen/share HERE. Recorded at Sound Stage Studios in Nashville, the release includes a new rendition of Oladokun’s “sunday” as well as a version of Bonnie Raitt’s classic “I Can’t Make You Love Me” with special guest Jason Isbell on guitar.

Reflecting on the project, Oladokun shares, “I’ve been a rabid consumer of Spotify Singles since their inception. Being asked to do one was a dream come true and I wanted to bring in the best crew. I asked Jason Isbell to play guitar on the Bonnie Raitt cover and he absolutely smashed the energy and emotion of what I was trying to do. So excited to have these out in the world.”

The release adds to a landmark year for Oladokun, whose major label debut album, in defense of my own happiness, is out now via Amigo Records/Verve Forecast/Republic Records. Moreover, Oladokun released a special deluxe edition, in defense of my own happiness (complete), this past July which includes all 14 tracks from her major-label debut, 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 embark on her first ever headline tour next spring with newly confirmed shows at Austin’s Antone’s, Dallas’ Club Dada, Los Angeles’ Troubadour, San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, Seattle’s Neumos, Denver’s Marquis Theater, Minneapolis’ Fine Line, Chicago’s Lincoln Hall, New York’s Bowery Ballroom, Washington, DC’s Union Stage, Atlanta’s Terminal West and Nashville’s The Basement East among several others. See below for complete itinerary. Tickets for the tour are on-sale now, full details can be found at here.

Within defense of my own happiness, Oladokun is 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, Jensen McRae and Penny & Sparrow 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 

“Joy Oladokun, like all of us, is a work in progress. But when you talk to Joy, it’s almost like you can see that growth happening right in front of you. Every time she speaks, she’s discovering a new idea or a new thing about herself or uncovering a new way of looking at the world.”—NPR World Café 

“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

“songwriting and production values that could take these bold tunes to a broad audience. These are affecting songs of loss, both romantic and mortal, that land far from any soapbox”—Variety 

“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.

“There aren’t many frills to Joy Oladokun’s folk music but that doesn’t mean her songs, which capture the quieter moments of life with a frank honesty, don’t still sear to the core.”—Nylon

“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

“Oladokun’s ability to shine a light on the truth is remarkable, but perhaps even more so is her ability to do so with kindness.”—No Depression

“this compelling young artist, now a Nashville resident, has seized headlines for the honesty and depth with which she conveys her experience…but her songwriting is poignantly universal.”—Hits Daily Double 

“Oladokun is giving us her whole self, and hoping to inspire us to be our whole selves too”—Nashville Scene

“often striking, and always satisfying”—Nashville Lifestyles

“an artist able to turn an idiom on its head through powerful messaging and an open honesty about her own life and her own family and her own roots.”—Folk Alley

“it’s pop music approached from the mindset of a true singer/songwriter, not far removed from the art of Carole King…each composition is flawlessly conceived”—Holler

“Open about her queerness, mental health, and her mission to be intentional with the music she creates, Oladokun…is making a name for herself in Nashville and beyond.”—uDiscover Music

Oladokun has continued to receive widespread attention in the past year. She was recently featured as part of NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk (Home) Concert” series, performed on “CBS Saturday Morning,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “TODAY” and will make her debut on PBS’ “Austin City Limits” early next year as part of the legendary program’s 47th season. She has also been named a member of the #YouTubeBlack Voices Class of 2021, a 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 had her music featured on CBS’ “CSI: Vegas,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC’s “Station 19” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Moreover, Oladokun recently collaborated with Brandi Carlile and Lucie Silvas on new song “We Don’t Know We’re Living” as well as with Noah Kahan on his track, “Someone Like You.”

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

October 23—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium

October 24—Atlanta, GA—Shaky Knees Music Festival

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

November 5—San Diego, CA—House of Blues

November 6—Los Angeles, CA—The Novo

November 7—San Francisco, CA—The Regency Ballroom

November 9—Portland, OR—Roseland Theater

November 10—Vancouver, Canada—Commodore Ballroom

November 11—Seattle, WA—The Showbox

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

April 13—San Francisco, CA—Great American Music Hall

April 15—Portland, OR—Doug Fir Lounge

April 16—Seattle, WA—Neumos

April 19—Salt Lake City, UT—Soundwell

April 20—Denver, CO—Marquis Theater

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—Cambridge, MA—The Sinclair

May 2—New York, NY—Bowery Ballroom

May 5—Holyoke, MA—Gateway City Arts

May 6—Ardmore, PA—Ardmore Music Hall

May 7—Pittsburgh, PA—Thunderbird Music Hall

May 9—Washington, DC—Union Stage

May 10—Durham, NC—Motorco Music Hall

May 11—Asheville, NC—The Grey Eagle

May 13—Atlanta, GA—Terminal West

May 14—Nashville, TN—The Basement East

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