Wrabel & Billy Raffoul: happy people sing sad songs tour + Joy Oladokun
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Singer-songwriter Wrabel is best known for his hit song "11 Blocks," and his EDM collaborations with artists including Kygo and Marshmello. He has written songs for such artists as Kesha ("Here Comes the Change," "Woman"), Backstreet Boys ("Don't Go Breaking My Heart"), Kygo ("With You"), Marshmello ("Ritual"), Louis the Child ("Better Not"), Galantis ("True Feeling," "Written in the Scars"), Ellie Goulding ("Devotion"), Afrojack ("Ten Feet Tall"), Leon ("Surround Me"), and Bishop Briggs ("Baby," "Water"). He is a 2018 GLAAD Media Awards nominee and was named to Out Magazine's Out100.
A soulful rock singer/songwriter in the vein of Jeff Buckley and Joe Cocker, Ontario native Billy Raffoul was schooled in music from a young age. The son of respected regional solo artist Jody Raffoul, Billy spent his childhood immersed in the finer points of rock history, watching his father perform, and learning to play guitar himself. By his late teens, he'd begun performing around his hometown of Leamington, Ontario and nearby towns, writing songs and honing his stagecraft. A session vocal gig in nearby Detroit proved to be his first real break, leading first to a management deal then to a record deal with Interscope. Splitting his time between Nashville and Los Angeles, Raffoul released his debut single, "Driver," in the spring of 2017. ~ Timothy Monger
JOY OLADOKUN was 10 years old when she saw a video of Tracy Chapman singing and playing guitar, inspiring her to do the same. "Seeing a black woman playing folk music and owning it brought something to life in me,” Joy told Ladygunn magazine. After writing and recording “No Turning Back” in her bathroom in 2017, Joy registered the song for a sync website in an effort to try and make some money to cover living expenses. Questioning the sustainability of a career as a singer-songwriter, Joy took a trip home to contemplate moving on from music. While shopping in Wal-Mart with her dad, she received a call that Russell Wilson and Ciara had used “No Turning Back” in their baby announcement video, ultimately leading her to be discovered and signed to a publishing deal with Prescription Songs. An Arizona native of Nigerian descent, Joy combines the sounds of roots rock and folk songwriting with a pop voice. Currently living in Nashville, Joy describes her artist project as an "internal struggle between loving Stevie Nicks and Aretha Franklin."
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