'Change is a choice that can start with you' is the underlying theme in Raye Zaragoza's politically charged anthem 'American Dream'
The politically charged lyrics of 'American Dream' along with its mellow acoustic tune and Raye Zaragoza's soulful voice make it a very powerful track
Have you checked out Raye Zaragoza's new single 'American Dream'? If you haven't you should. The track is inspired by the destruction of Donald Trump's election, the lack of mainstream media for Standing Rock and Zaragoza's own life as a female multi-cultural youth. The song's politically charged lyrics along with its mellow acoustic tune and Zaragoza's soulful voice make it a very powerful track. Zaragoza released her debut album 'Fight For You' in 2017, from which 'American Dream' is the opening track.
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Raye Zaragoza is an award-winning singer, songwriter and performer whose multinational heritage (Native American (O'odham), Mexican, Taiwanese and Japanese) deeply influences her music. She brings her unique perspective to her music which can definitely be heard in her anthem 'American Dream'.
Inspired by numerous elements which have impacted Zaragoza’s life, she tells the tale of her great-grandmother and how she was forced into a boarding school to be raised by a European woman, separated from her parents and siblings. Zaragoza says talking about this inspiration, "Her story haunts me, because so many people don’t realize the awful things that have happened in this country just within the past 100 years. The only way to move forward is to acknowledge that 'change is a choice that can start with you'."
Her previous track 'In the River,' a response to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota was just as thought-provoking. The quiet, yet powerful track resonated strongly with listeners and went viral in late 2016, garnering half a million views on the video, national media coverage and a Global Music Award and Honesty Oscar.
Raye's debut album, 'Fight For You' (independent, 2017), displays her compassion, dedication to justice and equality for all, and a keen eye for the seemingly small daily moments that become our most meaningful memories.
About the record, Raye says, "This album is about finding yourself and finding your voice. It’s about maturing and realizing that you can make a difference if you so choose."
Raye performs her music all over the United States as well as across Europe. She has just finished a national tour where she was supporting Dispatch, playing to over 300,000 people in stadiums across the US. Check out her tour dates here.