Electronic Press Kit
~ Official SXSW 2020 Showcase Artist
~ Three songs in the film Gather premiering at Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2020
~ Opened for DISPATCH & Nahko and Medicine for the People in Summer 2018
~ Supported Rising Appalachia, Kiefer Sutherland, William Elliott Whitmore, Dar Williams, and Donovan Woods
~ Nominated for 'Best New Artist' 2018 for the Indigenous Music Awards presented by SiriusXM
~ 15k fans on Facebook and 14k followers on Instagram
~“Driving to Standing Rock” video premiered on Billboard
~ Performed at the United Nations in New York City April 2018
~ Viral Video "In The River" received 500K views
~ Viral Video "Red Moon, High Tide" received 325K views
~ Winner of 2017 Global Music Award for Protest Music & 2017 Honesty Oscar for Activist Anthem
~ “In the River” - #2 Modern Protest Song by A Person of Color (Paste Magazine)
~ “In the River” - Top 15 Protest Songs of the 21st Century (What Culture)
~ Featured in 20 Modern Day Protest Songs to Help You Survive Trump's Presidency (Overblown Magazine)
~ Featured on Democracy Now!
~ Official Speaker at SXSW 2018 for Artists & Fans Panel: "Serving the Sacred Bond"
~ Official Speaker at Bonnaroo 2019 for Preventing Sexual Violence Panel
~ Has sold out shows of 200 people in New York City and Santa Fe, New Mexico
Raye Zaragoza (pronounced ray zay-rah-GO-zah) is an award-winning singer-songwriter who carries an acoustic guitar and a message. Her quiet yet powerful song “In the River,” written in response to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, garnered half a million video views, national media coverage, and a Global Music Award and Honesty Oscar. Her forthcoming sophomore LP recorded with Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, First Aid Kit) will be released in 2020.
Writing about social issues comes naturally to Raye. "As a woman of color in America, social issues are things you deal with and see every day of your life," she says. "I write about my experience and oftentimes my existence has been laced with injustice."
Raye’s debut album, Fight For You (independent, 2017), displays her compassion, dedication to justice and equality for all, and keen eye for the seemingly small daily moments that become our most meaningful memories. About the record, Raye says, “This album is about finding yourself and finding your voice. It’s about maturing and realizing that you can make a difference if you so choose.”
Raye performs her music all over the United States and Europe. Her music has been featured on Billboard, Popmatters, Earmilk, Democracy Now! and on numerous lists of the best modern-day protest songs, including those by Paste Magazine, What Culture, and Overblown. She has also performed live sessions for Paste, Daytrotter, and FNX.
Raye has spoken on panels at Bonnaroo and SXSW on topics ranging from preventing sexual violence to engaging her fanbase as an independent artist. She has toured in support of Dispatch, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Kiefer Sutherland, William Elliott Whitmore, Dar Williams, Donovan Woods, and many more.
"Speaking truth to power, Raye Zaragoza is a voice made for our times." - PopMatters
"One of the most politically relevant artists in her genre" - Abdiel Vallejo-Lopez, Paste Magazine
"This thought-provoking track is making a brave and bold statement, highlighting how Zaragoza is unquestionably ready for change. With gentle guitar melodies, emotive violin and passionate lyrics she bares it all, fearless in her beliefs." - EARMILK (on “American Dream”)
"one of the most beautiful protest-style songs I’ve heard in a long time" - EILE Magazine (on “American Dream”)
"One of the most affecting protest songs of the century" - Jacob Trowbridge, WhatCulture (On "In The River")
“Raye Zaragoza offers a set of shimmering folk... distinguishing herself with her voice.” -Zach Weg, The Deli NYC
“In the wake of the scandal of the Dakota Access Pipeline...many protest songs have surfaced. This one in particular stands out, a heartfelt song by Native Americana artist Raye Zaragoza” -Alexa Peters, Paste Magazine (on "In the River")
“The room was so involved in her, she had them completely captivated. Through the crowded audience, I couldn’t tell if it was her beautiful lyrics about love, heartbreak, and New York City, or if it was her undeniable beauty and genuine stage presence, that had everyone so enchanted.” - Alex Mae MacDowell, The Fox & King Inc.
"I love the emotional accessibility of her voice and the socially conscious lyrics." -Danny Goldberg, Managed Nirvana, Bonnie Raitt, Beastie Boys & more.
Past Tour Dates:
~Summer 2018 supporting Dispatch and Nahko & Medicine for the People
~City Winery Chicago supporting Joe Purdy
~California WorldFest 2017 in Grass Valley, CA
~Ubuntu Conscious Music Festival 2017 in Kansas City, MO
~Black Hills Unity Concert 2017 in Piedmont, SD
~Thunder Valley Music Festival 2017 in Pine Ridge, SD
~NAMM 2017 in Anaheim, CA
~Open See Festival 2017 in Constance, Germany
~Multikulti Festival 2017 in Rheinfelden, Switzerland
Jana Fisher - Los Angeles
Peter Casperson - New York
Seth Rappaport - APA Agency
Kershona Mayo - Mora May Agency