In celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day, Raye Zaragoza has shared a new song and video ahead of her upcoming album Woman In Color produced by Tucker Martine (Neko Case, My Morning Jacket, First Aid Kit, The Decemberists, Modest Mouse, Sufjan Stevens) out October 23 on Rebel River Records. Today’s release follows singles “They Say,” a modern protest tune featuring Colin Meloy and Laura Veirs which Consequence of Sound says “finds Zaragoza taking the US government to task for its piss-poor response to the coronavirus crisis” and charted at #8 on September’s Folk Radio as well as “Red,” a call for increased awareness and protection of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women.
Indigenous on her father’s side, first-generation Japanese-American on her mother’s, and raised in a New York City studio apartment. She holds no distinction between her personal truth and its poignant political relevance. As a young woman of color, Raye is attuned to the inevitable politicization of her very existence, and at the forefront of that existence, an artist—a lyricist of true precocity, a vocalist of stunning virtuosity—making meaning through music. Raye’s modern folk has attracted praise from Democracy Now! Raye recently performed for the Democratic National Convention‘s pre-program, TED’s Countdown global climate change initiative, Women of Americana, and Dustbowl Revival’s Sway-At-Home, and upcoming, will lend her voice to WFUV On Your Radar, KPFK Folkscene and more.