Raye Zaragoza

Photograph by Justin Higuchi, 2013 (CC BY 2.0)

Japanese-American, Mexican, Indigenous • Singer and Songwriter • Born 1993 • Folk Music

Fast Facts

  • Raye has her own independent label called Rebel River Records.
  • Her song “In the River” was produced as a single to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock.
  • “In the River” was awarded the Global Music Awards’ 2017 Heretic Award for Protest/Activist Music and the Honesty Oscars’ award for Best Song.
  • Working with her brother, Raye made a music video for “In The River” that shared information about Standing Rock. Overnight, it received 100,000 views.
  • She grew up in Manhattan, New York, and moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of 14.
  • She now lives in Long Beach, California.
  • Her father is Broadway performer Gregory Zaragoza who is of Mexican and Indigenous heritage.
  • Her mother is an immigrant from Japan. 
  • Her Great-Grandmother was adopted out of her tribe as a young child and raised by a white woman.
  • Her influences are Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Joan Baez, and Buffy St. Marie 
  • Working with Tucker Martin, Raye recorded Women in Color in just 10, 10-hour days in Portland, Oregon
  • Many notable guests played on this album including, Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Laura Veirs, Dylan Day (Jenny Lewis), Andrew Borger (Norah Jones), and Kyleen King (Brandi Carlile)

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