Rabasi Joss is a GRAMMY Award-nominated music producer/archivist
and a Brooklyn-based soul/jazz/folk singer-songwriter.
Inspired by her decade-long work creating award-winning multimedia documentary music projects and crossing paths with such legends as Pete Seeger, Tim Robbins, Jane Fonda, and Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, she is now returning to the stage and studio as a performing & recording artist.
Joss grew up in the Washington DC area on 90s R&B and 60s folk music, with a passion for blues, jazz, soul and funk. Her influences include Bonnie Raitt, Bill Withers, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Erykah Badu, Prince, Ella Fitzgerald, Mariah Carey, Sade, Lizz Wright, Greg Brown, Pura Fe, Tricky, and the Meters. Her sound is a Mid-Atlantic blend of folk, jazz, country, blues, hip-hop and soul. She has been invited to open for Richie Havens and the Persuasions, and has performed at venues including the Blue Note, the Bitter End, the Living Room, Cats Cradle and Jammin Java.
Ten years in the making and recorded at the legendary Magic Shop Studio (Norah Jones, David Bowie), "Heliotrope" explores the evolution of American roots music, geography, and connections between intergenerational artists. Produced by multidisciplinary hip hop/theater artist Baba Israel - it features NYC soul/funk/hip hop band Soul Inscribed, world-renowned jazz pianist Geri Allen and legendary jazz & blues vocalist/activist Barbara Dane.
Proceeds will support social justice causes. More info to be announced.
"She's got the makings of a rhythm driven, Urban Underground Folk Legend." -Guy Davis
"Newcomer Rabasi Joss's stunning debut album, Heliotrope, showcases her gorgeous vocals on a range of ear-pleasing originals, from jazz to blues to dance music. Think Sade meets Cassandra Wilson, backed by ace players, including a rootsy duet with the great Barbara Dane."
- Holly George-Warren (GRAMMY-nominated producer, editor,"Rolling Stone Jazz & Blues Album Guide")
"I love your singing!" - Barbara Dane
"Heliotrope" provides fresh proof that this passionate artist is not only one of the most brilliant curators of our musical heritage but a singer, songwriter, and performer
building a soul-deep legacy all her own."
- Marc Woodworth (Author of "SOLO: Singer Songwriters In Their Own Words")
"Rabasi Joss' "Heliotrope" is in a sense its own creative archive; soaked in the history of various roots music forms like folk and jazz - the relaxed, moving allure of the tracks evoke Cassandra Wilson and Gillian Welch - while being something new all their own. It's clear Joss' involvement with history making as a music archivist has made her a wellspring for new art."
- Sam Stephenson (author of "The Jazz Loft Project")
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