A singer and songwriter whose music fuses the deep emotions and confessional nature of classic singer/songwriters with music that encompasses contemporary folk, R&B, and pop, Joy Oladokun is a fiercely independent musician who has built an international audience for her music. Her "Americana-infused, soulful sound" (Ones to Watch) and storytelling "steeped in personal perspective" (Nashville Scene) continues to reflect in each new single release, offering relatable material to a loyal fanbase that includes fellow artists Wrabel, Julia Michaels, Tegan and Sara, Jasmine Thompson and Kevin Garrett.
Raised in a small rural community in Arizona, Joy Oladokun began playing guitar when she was ten years old. Inspired by artists like Tracy Chapman, Lauryn Hill, Bob Marley, and singer/songwriters of the '70s, Oladokun began writing songs but initially had no intention of pursuing music as a career, preferring to perform for family and friends -- sometimes writing them new tunes as gifts. After completing college, she got a job and was planning to settle into her new position when a friend asked her what she would be doing if money were not a consideration. Oladokun replied that she'd be writing songs and traveling, and her friend urged her to follow her muse before it was too late.
She relocated to Los Angeles and initially landed gigs as a backing vocalist while she honed her craft and played occasional solo shows. Oladokun independently produced and released her first full-length album Carry, including several successful singles such as "Memphis" and "No Turning Back" -- which offered a new level of exposure when Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and artist Ciara announced their second pregnancy with a video featuring the tune. Further demonstrating the "melodic and rhythmic elements of pop craft to her confessional leanings" (NPR) , Oladokun went on to drop a series of singles that ushered in a modern sound including "Sober," "Blame," and "Sunday."
This year kicked off another string of releases, all leading up to the Prescription Songs artist's upcoming album in defense of my own happiness (vol. 1), due out July 17. The project will feature nine new songs, including previously released singles "bad blood" and "breathe again" -- available now.