Raye released a new version of her song “He Calls Me River” dueting with Oshima Brothers.Read More »
Raye Zaragoza 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, resonated strongly with listeners and went viral in late 2016, garnering half a million views on the video, national media coverage, and a Global Music Award and Honesty Oscar.
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.”
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 performs her music all over the United States as well as across Europe, where she spent five weeks touring in summer 2017. Her music has been featured on Billboard and 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.
At SXSW 2018, Raye spoke about her loyal fanbase and maintaining an independent career on a panel entitled “Serving the Sacred Bond” hosted by PledgeMusic. This summer, she joined Dispatch and Nahko and Medicine for the People on their Summer Tour, which included dates at Red Rocks and two nights at Central Park Summerstage.
Raye Zaragoza released a new duet version of her song “The It Girl” featuring The Voice and America’s Got Talent alumna Brooke Simpson in time for Native American Heritage Month. The song is currently featured on Spotify’s Fresh Folk playlist.Read More »
Congratulations to Raye Zaragoza on the release of her beautiful new album Woman In Color out today! ✨
“one of the most fresh and compelling voices in folk music today” — Ann Powers, NRPR
“I was just so very moved by this whole album” — Robin Hilton, NPR
“Woman in Color is reminiscent of Brandi Carlile’s ability to make a strong statement couched in comforting music.” — No Depression
“Zaragoza sings with the sincerity of someone who knows all too well what it’s like to be on the outside… will have you throwing a defiant fist in the air.” — Rolling Stone CountryRead More »
On Rebel River Records distributed by United For OpportunityRead More »