WYEP Presents: Joy Oladokun

Saturday, May 07
Doors: 7pm
$17 to $22
WYEP Presents: Joy Oladokun
with Bre Kennedy

at Thunderbird Music Hall
4053 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15201

Saturday, May 7th, 2022
Doors at 7:00pm
Show at 8:00pm

Age Restriction: 18+


With her major label debut album,indefenseofmyownhappiness, Joy Oladokunis 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. The new record, which features collaborations with Maren Morris, Jensen McRae and Penny & Sparrow, has beennamed one of the “Best Albums of 2021 So Far” byVarietyandRollingStone, who proclaims, “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.” Additionally, NPR Music declares, “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.”

Oladokun also released a special deluxe album this summer,indefenseofmyownhappiness(complete), which features all 14 tracks fromindefenseofmyownhappiness, ten songs from her self-released 2020 record,indefenseofmyownhappiness(thebeginnings), and new track “judas.” Most recently, Oladokun has 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.”Adding to her breakout year, Oladokun 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, aBillboardLGBTQ 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.” After performing shows earlier this summer with Leon Bridges, Cautious Clay and Dermot Kennedy, Oladokun will continue to tour throughout the fall, including several dates supporting Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and Pink Sweat$.


Singer-songwriter Bre Kennedy creates music soaked in rich storytelling with piercing pop sensibilities. For many years she wrote with other artists and for other artists, andis now allowing her own music to take center stage. Influenced by mesmerizing talents like Brandi Carlile, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and Cat Power, her delicate, raspy sound simply soars. She has been featured on notable publications such as Billboard, Atwood Magazine, Paste Magazine and American Songwriter. The singer has also opened for renowned artists such as Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark Jr. and Birdtalker. With her second EP released the following year in 2020 Twenty Something, she continues to build that momentum leading to an exciting release of her forthcoming debut album Note To Self arriving on October 8th.

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Joy Oladokun is an American singer-songwriter. Oladokun's music spans the genres of folk, R&B, rock, and pop and is influenced by her identity as a queer woman of color. She has released three studio albums; Carry (2016), In Defense of My Own Happiness (The Beginnings) (2020), and In Defense of My Own Happiness (2021).
In keeping with the emerging story of New Nashville, Kennedy finds herself difficult to define by the traditional shapes of Music City. Equal parts indie and pop met with the organic songcraft she has been immersed in since relocating to Nashville from Los Angeles in 2015. As comfortable playing intimate acoustic sets with her vintage Gibson as she is writing cutting-edge pop songs for artists such as Nina Nesbitt and Echosmith, Bre continues to deliver performances that have solidified her reputation as a blow-away vocal talent and illuminated songwriter. Following up on her 2017 release of her debut single “Words,” Bre has released second single "Trouble On My Mind" and "Love You Like That"