Sunny War

Sunny War is the perfect mix of folk, punk, and social justice.  She uses both her music and her free time to uplift communities and sets a shining example for what it means to be an artist that makes a difference.

 

When War is not creating powerful music, she is spending her time trying to make a better life for the Los Angeles homeless community. She founded and works for the LA chapter of Food Not Bombs.

 

War’s discography is a diary of sorts, chronicling her growth as both an artist and a person. Since 2014, War has released six albums: “Worthless”, “Red Whited and Blue”, “With the Sun”, “Particle War”, “Shell of a Girl”, and her latest in 2021 “Simple Syrup”.

Joy Oladokun

A Nashville resident by way of Arizona, Joy Oladokun has been making her own way in Music City. She calls herself the “trap Tracy Chapman” and  Oladokun’s sound encompasses her unique experience as a Black, queer, first generation Nigerian-American, folk artist.

 

Oladokun boasts a lengthy discography dating back to 2016. Her most recent singles “Wish You The Best”, “Jordan” and “Sorry Isn’t Good Enough” were all released in 2021, and she isn’t done yet. Another single with Maren Morris is set to release soon.

 

Oladokun’s music has been featured on the hit shows “Grey’s Anatomy”, “This is Us”, “The L Word” and “Catfish”. She has performed on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and was named a member of the inaugural #YoutubeBlackVoices class of 2021 as well as Vogue’s #1 new LGBTQ artists  to listen to.

Crys Matthews

Crys Matthews is a beacon of hope, using her musical talent and expert lyricism as tools for change.

 

Matthews refers to herself as “the poster-child for intersectionality” ,all facets of her identity blending together to create an artist that resonates deeply with many.

 

In 2017 Matthews released two projects, “The Imagineers” and “Battle Hymns”. Followed by an EP titled “These Hands” in 2019.  Her most recent release, “Changemakers”, was released in 2021.

 

Matthews was the New Song Music and Performance Competition grand prize winner in 2017. She has also won the People’s Music Network’s Social Justice Songs Contest at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and performed at many impressive venues and festivals.

Introducing Jett Holden

Jett Holden makes a living at a call center in Elizabethton, Tennessee. When he’s not there, he’s at home singing tunes with a voice that will knock you completely off your feet.

 

Holden grew up in a musical family of singers and players of various instruments from drums to brass.

 

“I took to guitar after falling in love with songs by Tracy Chapman and Garth Brooks, like Fast Car and Thunder Rolls,” Holden says.

 

You can hear those influences, as well as his own unique approach, in his music. Combined with his unprecedented talent, what you get from Holden is a sound that, we think, will land him among legends.

"Toxic" - Britney Spears

"Hey Ya" - Outkast

"The Great Divide" - Luke Combs, Billy Strings

"The Joke" - Brandi Carlile

As if that voice was not enough; Holden is also a phenomenal songwriter. “Taxidermy” is a chilling response to the frustration and helplessness he feels in the face of the police brutality that is killing so many Black Americans.

 

“It gets treated like a trend on social media a lot, but little change is actually made,” says Holden. He is currently working on a second verse to the song and we look forward to sharing when it’s complete.

"Taxidermy - Jett Holden

Ruthie Foster

Ruthie Foster was born into a family of gospel singers and used that foundation to pave her own way with a musical sound that spans time and many genres.

 

Foster has an 11 album discography  that dates back to 1997. Her consistent body of work has garnered fans and praise from all over the world. Most recently, “Live At The Paramount” , was released in 2020.

 

Foster is a three time Grammy Award nominee, and a Blues Music Awards winner many times over. She’s also been a nominee and winner at the Living Blues Critics’ Polls. In 2019, Foster was inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame.

Dom Flemons

Known as “The American Songster”, Dom Flemons has certainly earned the name. Flemons is a multi-instrumentalist, a brilliant singer-songwriter, and a fountain of information on American music history.

 

From 2005 to 2013 Flemons was a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. As a solo artist, Flemons has released 6 albums including collaborations with Boo Hanks and Martin Simpson.

 

His latest album, “Black Cowboys”, was nominated for a Best Folk Album Grammy as well as a Blues Music Award in the Acoustic Album category.

Ebony Hillbillies

The premier African-American string band in America, the Ebony Hillbillies are a force. They started out playing on NYC street corners and have now played on some of the biggest stages in the world.  A musical machine, they’ve  released over 10 albums between 2004 and 2020. 

 

The music feels like a time machine, with songs like “Another Man Done Gone (Hands up Don’t Shoot)” crafting commentary on the tragedies of our time with what sounds like music from the past. 

 

In addition to making music that feeds your soul, The Ebony Hillbillies have created The EH Kids Program to educate children on music and culture through interactive performances and story telling.

In loving memory of "rebel soldier", Mr. Norris Washington.

Jake Blount

As an LGBTQ activist, an advocate for the resurrection of Black stories in Americana music, and an incredible instrumentalist, Jake Blount has a full plate and he handles it all with talent and grace. 

 

Blount released an EP, “Reparations” in 2017, and his debut album “Spider Tales” in 2020. Dubbed “An instant classic” by Jude Rogers of The Guardian, “Spider Tales” has proven Rogers right and taken off for Blount.

Kaia Kater

With a Gold Tone banjo and a voice that sounds like home, Kaia Kater is mesmerizing listeners all over the world with her timeless, traditional sound. 

 

She has received the “Pushing the Boundaries” award from the Canadian Folk Music Awards. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, The Hillside Festival, and many other festivals and venues throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

 

Kater released her first EP “Old Soul” in 2013. Since then she has released two full albums, “Sorrow Bound” (2015) and “Nine Pin” (2016).

 

Lilli Lewis

The perfect combination of raw emotion and human connection, Lilli Lewis will give you the blues in the best way.

 

A humanist at heart and in practice, you can always find Lewis on the right side of history fighting for justice for the artists she serves as VP and A&R Head at Louisiana Red Hot Records and for Black artists in general.

 

Lewis has a vast body of work with over 8 albums/EPs. Most recently releasing “My American Heart Red + Blue”  in 2021.

Known as the “Folk Rock Diva”, Lewis is a legend in the Americana/Folk world and won’t be slowing down any time soon.