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October 12, 2021—Breakthrough singer, songwriter and musician Joy Oladokun will embark on her first ever headline tour next spring with newly confirmed shows at Austin’s Antone’s, Dallas’ Club Dada, Los Angeles’ Troubadour, San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, Seattle’s Neumos, Denver’s Marquis Theater, Minneapolis’ Fine Line, Chicago’s Lincoln Hall, New York’s Bowery Ballroom, Washington, DC’s Union Stage, Atlanta’s Terminal West and Nashville’s The Basement East among several others. See below for complete itinerary. Tickets for the tour go on-sale this Friday, October 15 at 10:00am local time, full details can be found at www.joyoladokun.com/tour

The headline dates add to a landmark year for Oladokun, who released her major label debut album, in defense of my own happiness, this past summer via Amigo Records/Verve Forecast/Republic Records. Moreover, Oladokun recently released a special deluxe edition, in defense of my own happiness (complete)which includes all 14 tracks from her major label debut, ten additional songs from her self-released 2020 record, in defense of my own happiness (the beginnings), and one new track, “judas.”

In celebration of the new music, Oladokun will perform on “CBS Saturday Morning” this week as part of their “Saturday Sessions” series. 

With in defense of my own happiness, Oladokun is forging her own path, sharing the unique perspective she’s gained from living in today’s world as a black, queer woman and first-generation child of Nigerian immigrants. Born in Arizona and now living in Nashville, her musical exploration began at age ten when she was inspired to learn guitar after seeing a video of Tracy Chapman—the first time she’d ever seen a black woman play the instrument. 

Recently named one of the “Best Albums of 2021 So Far” by Rolling Stone and Variety, and one of Billboard’s “Best Albums by LGBTQ Artists of 2021 So Far,” in defense of my own happiness features special collaborations with Maren MorrisJensen McRae and Penny & Sparrow and continues to receive widespread critical praise: 

“She has a remarkable ability to distill how forces at work in the world…she can make even social and political protest feel like an intimate, warmly human act”—NPR Music

“Joy Oladokun, like all of us, is a work in progress. But when you talk to Joy, it’s almost like you can see that growth happening right in front of you. Every time she speaks, she’s discovering a new idea or a new thing about herself or uncovering a new way of looking at the world.”—NPR World Café“a serious talent with a kind of low-key, casual ease…she’s always seeking out the light to point the way, making for one of the year’s most uplifting listens.”—Rolling Stone

“one of the hottest new singer-songwriters making music…surgical songwriting and soulful vocals that will send chills down your spine on each repeat listen.”—Billboard

“songwriting and production values that could take these bold tunes to a broad audience. These are affecting songs of loss, both romantic and mortal, that land far from any soapbox”—Variety“Joy Oladokun is a rare talent who manages to dissect Christianity, queerness, race and mental wellness with a delicate yet determined touch”—Vogue

“Oladokun’s message is not only timely, but essential.”—them.

“There aren’t many frills to Joy Oladokun’s folk music but that doesn’t mean her songs, which capture the quieter moments of life with a frank honesty, don’t still sear to the core.”—Nylon

“a stunning major label debut…any Nashville musician worth their salt should be pinching themselves to work with Oladokun, among the most exciting talents this city has seen in years.”—The Tennessean

“the rising singer-songwriter proves her worth as a master storyteller”
American Songwriter

“Oladokun’s ability to shine a light on the truth is remarkable, but perhaps even more so is her ability to do so with kindness.”—No Depression“this compelling young artist, now a Nashville resident, has seized headlines for the honesty and depth with which she conveys her experience…but her songwriting is poignantly universal.”—Hits Daily Double

“Oladokun is giving us her whole self, and hoping to inspire us to be our whole selves 
too”—Nashville Scene

“often striking, and always satisfying”—Nashville Lifestyles

“an artist able to turn an idiom on its head through powerful messaging and an open honesty about her own life and her own family and her own roots.”—Folk Alley

“it’s pop music approached from the mindset of a true singer/songwriter, not far removed from the art of Carole King…each composition is flawlessly conceived”—Holler

“Open about her queerness, mental health, and her mission to be intentional with the music she creates, Oladokun…is making a name for herself in Nashville and beyond.”—uDiscover Music

Oladokun has continued to receive widespread attention in the past year. She was recently featured as part of NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk (Home) Concert” series, performed on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “TODAY” and will make her debut on PBS’ “Austin City Limits” early next year as part of the legendary program’s 47th season. She has also been named a member of the #YouTubeBlack Voices Class of 2021, a NPR Music/Slingshot’s 2021 Artists to Watch, a Billboard LGBTQ Artist of the Month, Spotify’s RADAR US: Artists to Watch 2021 and Amazon Music’s Artists to Watch 2021, was highlighted as part of HULU’s “Your Attention Please: The Concert” alongside 24kGoldn, Kiana Ledé, Lil Yachty and Swae Lee, and had her music featured on CBS’ “CSI: Vegas,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC’s “Station 19” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Moreover, Oladokun recently collaborated with Brandi Carlile and Lucie Silvas on new song “We Don’t Know We’re Living” as well as with Noah Kahan on his track, “Someone Like You.”


1. jordan 

2. smoke 

3. if you got a problem

4. i see america 

5. heaven from here (feat. Penny & Sparrow)

6. younger days 

7. sunday

8. bad blood

9. lost

10. who do i turn to? 

11. sorry isn’t good enough

12. taking the heat

13. someone that i used to be

14. brick by brick

15. unwelcoming

16. Bigger Man (feat. Maren Morris)

17. mercy (feat. Tim Gent)

18. let it be me 

19. judas

20. mighty die young

21. breathe again

22. too high

23. look up 

24. wish you the best (feat. Jensen McRae)

OY OLADOKUN CONFIRMED TOUR DATES BOLD on-sale this Friday, October 15 at 10:00am local time

October 23—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium*

October 24—Atlanta, GA—Shaky Knees Music Festival

October 28—Grand Rapids, MI—CFAC Auditorium at Calvin University

November 5—San Diego, CA—House of Blues+

November 6—Los Angeles, CA—The Novo+

November 7—San Francisco, CA—The Regency Ballroom+

November 9—Portland, OR—Roseland Theater+

November 10—Vancouver, Canada—Commodore Ballroom+

November 11—Seattle, WA—The Showbox+

April 7—Austin, TX—Antone’s Nightclub#

April 8—Dallas, TX—Club Dada#

April 10—Phoenix, AZ—The Crescent Ballroom#

April 11—Los Angeles, CA—Troubadour#

April 13—San Francisco, CA—Great American Music Hall#

April 15—Portland, OR—Doug Fir Lounge#

April 16—Seattle, WA—Neumos#

April 19—Salt Lake City, UT—Soundwell#

April 20—Denver, CO—Marquis Theater#

April 22—Kansas City, MO—recordBar#

April 23—Davenport, IA—The Raccoon Motel#

April 24—Minneapolis, MN—Fine Line#

April 26—Madison, WI—Majestic Theatre#

April 27—Chicago, IL—Lincoln Hall#

April 29—Toronto, ON—Horseshow Tavern#

May 1—Cambridge, MA—The Sinclair#

May 2—New York, NY—Bowery Ballroom#

May 5—Holyoke, MA—Gateway City Arts#

May 6—Ardmore, PA—Ardmore Music Hall#

May 7—Pittsburgh, PA—Thunderbird Music Hall#

May 9—Washington, DC—Union Stage#

May 10—Durham, NC—Motorco Music Hall#

May 11—Asheville, NC—The Grey Eagle#

May 13—Atlanta, GA—Terminal West#

May 14—Nashville, TN—The Basement East#

*with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

+with Pink Sweat$

#with special guest Bre Kennedy



Starting On: October 16, 2021
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