Joy Oladokun’s new song “Keeping the Light On” debuts today
Joy Oladokun. Photo credit: Sophia Lauer

Joy Oladokun’s new song “Keeping the Light On” debuts today



January 21, 2022—Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician Joy Oladokun’s new song, “Keeping the Light On,” is out today—listen/share HERE.  

Reflecting on the song, Oladokun shares, “My next body of work is about the human will to keep trying in the midst of all the tragedy that we’ve seen and perpetrated. ‘Keeping the Light On’ is my little musical way of saying it’s really hard to keep trying but I think part of life is doing so anyway and seeing what magic comes out of it.” 

JOY OLADOKUN keeping the light on
Joy Oladokun’s new song “Keeping the Light On” debuts today

Written by Oladokun, Mike Elizondo and Ian Fitchuk, “Keeping the Light On” is Oladokun’s first new music since her breakthrough major label debut, in defense of my own happiness (Amigo Records/Verve Forecast/Republic Records—stream/purchase here). Widely acclaimed, the album landed on numerous “Best of 2021” lists including at NPR Music, BillboardVarietyAmerican Songwriter, The TennesseanNashville Scene and The Bitter Southerner. Most recently, Oladokun was nominated for Outstanding Breakthrough Music Artist at the 2022 GLAAD Media Awards, was featured on the acclaimed podcast, “Song Exploder,” and made her debut on both ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and PBS’ “Austin City Limits.”

Oladokun will embark on her first ever headline tour this spring including stops at Austin’s Antone’s, Dallas’ Club Dada, Los Angeles’ Troubadour (sold out), San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, Seattle’s Neumos, Minneapolis’ Fine Line, Chicago’s Lincoln Hall, New York’s Bowery Ballroom (sold out), Boston’s Royale, Washington DC’s Union Stage and Nashville’s The Basement East (two nights, one sold out) among several others. 

joy oladokuns new song keeping the light on debuts today
Photo credit: Sophia Lauer

Oladokun will also make her Bonnaroo debut this summer. See below for complete itinerary. 


April 7—Austin, TX—Antone’s Nightclub*

April 8—Dallas, TX—Club Dada*

April 10—Phoenix, AZ—The Crescent Ballroom*

April 11—Los Angeles, CA—Troubadour* (SOLD OUT)

April 13—San Francisco, CA—Great American Music Hall*

April 15—Portland, OR—Wonder Ballroom*

April 16—Seattle, WA—Neumos*

April 19—Salt Lake City, UT—Soundwell*

April 20—Denver, CO—Summit*

April 22—Kansas City, MO—recordBar*

April 23—Davenport, IA—The Raccoon Motel*

April 24—Minneapolis, MN—Fine Line*

April 26—Madison, WI—Majestic Theatre*

April 27—Chicago, IL—Lincoln Hall*

April 29—Toronto, ON—Horseshow Tavern*

May 1—Boston, MA—Royale*

May 2—New York, NY—Bowery Ballroom* (SOLD OUT)

May 5—Holyoke, MA—Gateway City Arts*

May 6—Ardmore, PA—Ardmore Music Hall*

May 7—Pittsburgh, PA—Thunderbird Music Hall*

May 9—Washington, DC—Union Stage*

May 10—Durham, NC—Motorco Music Hall*

May 11—Asheville, NC—The Grey Eagle*

May 13—Atlanta, GA—Terminal West*

May 14—Nashville, TN—The Basement East* (SOLD OUT)

May 15—Nashville, TN—Basement East*

May 20—Gulf Shores, AL—Hangout Music Fest

June 18—Manchester, TN—Bonnaroo Music Festival

*with special guest Bre Kennedy

Critical acclaim for in defense of my own happiness
“She has a remarkable ability to distill how forces at work in the world…she can make even social and political protest feel like an intimate, warmly human act”—NPR Music
“a serious talent with a kind of low-key, casual ease…she’s always seeking out the light to point the way”—Rolling Stone
“one of the best modern lyricists”—Billboard
“songwriting and production values that could take these bold tunes to a broad audience. These are affecting songs of loss, both romantic and mortal, that land far from any soapbox”—Variety
“Joy Oladokun is a rare talent who manages to dissect Christianity, queerness, race and mental wellness with a delicate yet determined touch”—Vogue
“Oladokun’s message is not only timely, but essential.”—them.
“There aren’t many frills to Joy Oladokun’s folk music but that doesn’t mean her songs, which capture the quieter moments of life with a frank honesty, don’t still sear to the core.”—Nylon
“any Nashville musician worth their salt should be pinching themselves to work with Oladokun, among the most exciting talents this city has seen in years.”—The Tennessean
“Oladokun’s smooth vocals pair perfectly with her vulnerable, heart-wrenching songwriting.”—The Bitter Southerner
“Oladokun is giving us her whole self, and hoping to inspire us to be our whole selves too”—Nashville Scene
“one of Nashville’s best new artists”—Sounds Like Nashville
“Oladokun’s ability to shine a light on the truth is remarkable, but perhaps even more so is her ability to do so with kindness.”—No Depression
“this compelling young artist, now a Nashville resident, has seized headlines for the honesty and depth with which she conveys her experience…but her songwriting is poignantly universal.”—Hits Daily Double
“an artist able to turn an idiom on its head through powerful messaging and an open honesty about her own life and her own family and her own roots.”—Folk Alley
“it’s pop music approached from the mindset of a true singer/songwriter”—Holler


Since her debut, Oladokun has continued to receive widespread attention. She has been featured as part of NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk (Home) Concert” series and has performed on “CBS Saturday Morning,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “TODAY.” She was also named a member of the #YouTubeBlack Voices Class of 2021, a NPR Music/Slingshot’s 2021 Artists to Watch, a Billboard LGBTQ Artist of the Month, Spotify’s RADAR US: Artists to Watch 2021 and Amazon Music’s Artists to Watch 2021, was highlighted as part of HULU’s “Your Attention Please: The Concert” alongside 24kGoldn, Kiana Ledé, Lil Yachty and Swae Lee, and had her music featured on CBS’ “CSI: Vegas,” NBC’s “This Is Us," ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC’s “Station 19” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Moreover, Oladokun recently collaborated with Brandi Carlile and Lucie Silvas on new song “We Don’t Know We’re Living,” with Noah Kahan on his track, “Someone Like You” and with Jason Isbell for a new version of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” as part of Oladokun’s debut Spotify Singles session.

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