Joselyn Wilkinson - Music
Joselyn's musical roots reach back to Montana, where she grew up surrounded by natural beauty, art and social action, absorbing the music of Bonnie Raitt, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder and other greats. As a teenager, she thrived performing in musical theatre, playing piano and writing poetry. At UCLA, Joselyn developed a passion for world music, and she spent a year in Ghana, West Africa. Her award winning research there was the basis for her band, ADAAWE, 7 women of the voice and drum. With ADAAWE, Joselyn toured colleges and concert halls across the country, as well as opening for artists including James Brown, Sugar Hill Gang, Mickey Hart and Spearhead. As she grew as an artist, Joselyn continued to develop her solo music, with her band Wild Roots. Her funky debut album "ShapeShifting" met with rave reviews and radio airplay and was supported by performances at festivals, colleges and clubs like the Conga Room and Temple Bar in Los Angeles. Joselyn was also a featured guest artist with musicians including Makina Loca, Maetar, Shaman's Dream, Jason Luckett and Majek Fashek at venues like the House of Blues and Harmony Festival. Her album, "Chance for Rain," marks a return to Joselyn's singer-songwriter roots. Its songs are intimate and passionate, with soulful and sophisticated arrangements, beautifully executed by a stellar band, including drummer James Gadson (Bill Withers), bassist Itai Disraeli (Lili Haydn) and horn man David Ralike (Beck). It draws inspiration from the best singer-songwriters of the '70's, with a strong contemporary delivery.