Photograph by Justin Higuchi, 2013 (CC BY 2.0)
Japanese-American, Mexican, Indigenous • Singer and Songwriter • Born 1993 • Folk Music
- 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)