Ganessa James Music

February 2018

Did you get to catch Toshi Reagon's birthday shows at the end of January? I'm not exaggerating when I say it was FIRE. Toshi brought the room to a whole different level with her honest, unflinching, political, vulnerable songs as the vehicle. MeShell Ndegeocello sat in for a few songs on bass! Each show was its own sort of magnificent - and I can't wait to do it again. Next ride with that crew will be February 17th at Joe's Pub, the annual Love Sessions, featuring all manner of amazing vocalists offering a meditation on love as revolution.

But first! On February 2nd, Shelley Nicole's brings blaKbushe to the Apollo Muic Cafe up in Harlem. This band is a fierce rockin family. We've been thundering in rehearsals. So excited to bring selections from the forthcoming record 'I Am American' to life in this evening of music. Get your tickets: HERE!


January 2018

Top of the year, fam! What gifts do you hold that you wish to make an offering of? I've set an intention to share a lot more music. And I hope in the process, I get to see a lot more of you in person!

Some goodness to kick things off: I'm playing bass in Toshi Reagon's annual birthday concerts at Joe's Pub on January 24th and 25th. These shows are always amazing. This configuration of the band is a family I'm honored to be a member of. Come join us and get something good - we'll leave the room with our hearts just a li'l wider. That's just the magic of honest music.

Then on February 2nd, I'm really stoked to be playing bass for Shelley Nicole's blaKbushe at the Apollo Muic Cafe in Harlem. We'll be playing an evening of music including tunes from her soon to be released album 'I Am American', produced by the venerable Vernon Reid. You won't want to miss this! More details HERE.

Can't wait to see you out there. Love!

December 2017

This December, I'm honored to join a fierce lineup of musicians and poets helping to raise funds for the We Want the Land Coalition. All The Way Home is the fundraiser, jumping off December 3rd at Shapeshifter Lab. All the goodness kicks off at 6:30, featuring offerings by Taylor Mac, Willa Mamet, E Nina Jay, R Erica Doyle, and blaKbushe - to name a few. Come be in the room if you can, and consider donating either way. This effort is to secure the land where the former Michigan Womyn's Music Festival was held in order to do programming to promote healing and empowerment for women and girls. Learn more, donate: WWTLC.

Then on December 9th, I'm super excited to be opening for My Gay Banjo at Union Hall in Brooklyn, as they celebrate the release of their latest CD: To the Wolves. Years ago I had the honor of opening for them in the same space. I am such a huge fan of their work, I simply can't wait to be in the room and take in the magic Owen and Julia make, stunning songwriting, and gorgeous harmonies. Come warm your heart with us - Get your Tickets!

Lastly, I'd like to wish everyone a beautiful month ahead. Whether you celebrate any of the upcoming holidays or not, I'm wishing opportunities for folks to gather with loved ones, chosen family, to laugh like mad, to share a meal, to hear or make some music, play games, whatever is food for your heart. Right now we see that the people running the show in our government don't have any regard for services and protections that allow a lot of folks to access dignified living. While it's not clear what's the sustainable end-game of looting natural resources and the non-wealthy of what little they have, it's clear that we will need each other more than ever. I personally plan to make time this month to see faces I don't get to see much of, rather than supporting big corporations with my dollars for holiday gestures. Is there something you're longing to do that is a break from the usual? I'm hoping you find company and courage to do so. There is much we can do when we gather with clear intention. Sending enormous love out to you.

November 2017

Lots of goodness this month! First, I'm excited to be recording some music for a forthcoming record by the one and only Be Steadwell. Really excited be a part of it and hear how everything comes together.

Out in the world: I'm very much looking forward to celebrating Astraea Lesbian Foundation's 40th anniversary at their gala on November 13th. Check out and support the amazing work they do all over the world! Astraea Foundation.
I'm also really excited to get down to NC to check out Toshi Reagon and Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon Opera version of Parable of the Sower at UNC. I just KNOW I need this music magic medicine, a meditation on the way through by the brilliant Octavia Butler. If you're in or around North Carolina, you'll wanna come check this out. Shows are on the 16th and 17th at UNC Chapel Hill.

I'd like to send a big love blast out to Dan Zanes: his recent release "Dan Zanes & Friends-LEADBELLY BABY" has been nominated for a GRAMMY! I'm so proud of Dan for putting together this project which includes so many folks in community to honor the iconic songwriting of Leadbelly. The homies Ashley Phillips and Jendog Lonewolf make vocal appearances. My brother Patrick Dougher appears on drums and also did the album artwork. I hold down bass on a few tracks here as well. Thanks to Dan for gathering a 'beautiful village' to bring this work forth.

Coming up in December: I'm really excited to take part in 'All The Way Home', a beautiful fundraiser/gathering for We Want the Land Coalition. Join us at Shapeshifter Labs in Brooklyn on December 3rd for a night of song, poetry and community, featuring Taylor Mac, Shelley Nicole's blaKbushe, R Erica Doyle - and more. After the performances, we'll all dance to the sounds of Biggie Maules. WWTLC is working to keep the land where MichFest took place available for healing and empowerment programming for women and girls. Hope you can join us - but can't be there in person, you can still support the work here: WWTLC.

See you out there, fam!

October 2017

Oh, hello October! I'm here STILL cloud-walking off the beautiful energy of Word Rock Sword - and taking in all the love and celebration of my birthday. In fact, there's a good chance I'll be celebrating for a few weeks yet. On that theme, Friday October 6th I'm honored to hold down bass for Mishti at Rockwood. Featuring Alex Nolan on guitar and Matt Graff on drums. This is one feisty crew, and some music that'll get inside you and shake you loose. Come check us out!

Also, very excited to support the Criminal Justice Initiative fundraiser on October 13th at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. This group does work around ending mass incarceration, and the fundraiser will go towards a rapid response fund. Whether you can join in person or not, you can support this work with your donation HERE.

I'll be taking the rest of the month to do some writing and recording, and taking in some good art. There's so much goodness out there to get. In particular I'd like to shout out drummer/composer/all-star Allison Miller. Her crew BoomTicBoom will be at Dizzy's Club on October 16th. I caught the set last year, in short, it was magic. And these are some TIMES. We need some magic right now, agreed? Also, if you can get yourself to North Carolina in November, Toshi Reagon is bringing the Parable of the Sower opera to the Carolina Performing Arts center in Chapel Hill. I plan on goin to support the work and get that good inspired medicine of all the brilliant minds attached to this work.

Watching events in Puerto Rico, I've heard from good sources that Taller Salud, who has been doing amazing work supporting women's health in Puerto Rico, is also serving as a key resource for helping folks after the storm. Check out their page and support their work here: Taller Salud. Let's keep our focus on ways we can support our brothers and sisters in PR and in the Caribbean who are struggling under unimaginable circumstances.

Sending out lots of love to you as we transition into this fall season, here in New York. There are big heavy things happening in the world, but I belive our hearts are bigger, our love is bigger. Whatever gifts we've been holding close, now's a good time to let them out in the world, shift the balance. See you out there, family.

September 2017

September is here, y'all. This is my birthday month. It's the time of year when Word Rock and Sword rolls around, which is pretty much all the gift I require: a room full of vibrant, joyful diverse love-filled humans, present to the musical offering of a broad crew of artists - under the direction of Toshi Reagon. Remember last month I mentioned the space ship? It lands at Le Poisson Rouge, September 23rd. Get your ticket and be in the room with us. I'll be the one holding the bass with a grin, in awe of music, of life, of you. Be sure to catch the other events in the festival as well. As always there is lots of goodness to receive, much needed medicine for these fraught times. Find out more here: WORD ROCK SWORD

Other things to look out for - my friend and collaborator Maria Bauman (MBDance) is bringing her beautiful choreographic work 'dying and dying and dying' to Gibney Dance, September 14-16. I have some original music in the piece, and am excited to finally see it in its entirety. Come see this show. And follow Maria's work here: MBDANCE

Taking this moment to shout out another collaborator: Dan Zanes. He's just released a Leadbelly tribute record featuring a host of local independent artists: Lead Belly, Baby! I play bass on a few tunes here. Leadbelly's music has inspired a ton of artists. Dan takes a fresh look at those original tunes and re-imagines them for your ears. Get the CD here: Lead Belly, Baby!

I'm looking forward to making and receiving art as an offering and as sustenance to get through the big work ahead. There is world enough, food enough, and dignity enough for us all. Thank you for doing the work that you do in the world. Thank you for showing kindness and care to communities who need it. When we gather together, our voices are amplified, our power is greater. Together, family. See you out there.

August 2017

To kick off this month, I'd like to invite you to come see a favorite of mine, Be Steadwell, at Shapeshifter Lab. That's August 7th, at 7pm. I'll be on guitar and might play a song or two of my own. If you know Be, you already know what this is about - amazing songwriting, killer harmonies, and something that you just have to be in the room to wrap your head around. So you're comin, right?

I'd also like to invite you into the magical moment that is Toshi Reagon's annual Word Rock and Sword show. This is year 7, fam! We basically transform Le Poisson Rouge into a spaceship in which magnificent artists like Nona Hendryx, Tamr-Kali, Joan As Policewoman (and MANY more) raise the roof with their tremendous gifts. Key to this equation: the gorgeous, scintillating, exhilarating and fantastic crew of folks who come to see this show. You have never seen such an attractive audience inside a space ship. This is a one of a kind experience. I'm tellin you early so you can get your ticket and come be in the room. Seven years and running, it is never NOT fantastic. Save the date, September 23rd 6pm at LPR: WORD ROCK SWORD

See you out there family.

July 2017

Happy Summer family! This month kicked off with the amazing festival/fundraiser Another Country at Littlefield. I'm grateful to the performers who shared their gifts, including Yva Las Vegass, Cactus Rose, Viva, The Paisley Fields, Elias Krell, super-faves My Gay Banjo, and so many more! I wanna thank the Gay Ole Opry for hosting this event, and send a special love shout-out to Karen Pittelman of Karen and the Sorrows for bein a fierce music maker, organizer, and all-around lovely human being! Keep an eye out for Karen and the Sorrow's upcoming CD release in late summer. Check out my Instagram for a few pics and search #AnotherCountry for more goodness from that night.

Now that summer is in swing I'm takin some time to be in it. I love how the summer calls you to get out and to be among peeps n loved ones. I'm getting inspiration from all that energy, and listening to so much good music. Sitting with my guitars and my thoughts, looking into my heart, a new song arrived I'll share here. It's about how precious our lives are, how important it is for us to live and love right now - whole heartedly. Please meet: Everything But Time.

June 2017

Summer's comin! It starts out with a bang with Toshi Reagnon's BIGLovely at Summerstage opening for none other than Mavis Staples - WHUT?! This is June 3rd at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park and it's FREE. Please come out and join us for what is bound to be a joyful noise in the park!

This month I'm honored also to be doing some collaborations with Kirya Traber (artist extraordinaire), and with soulful song goddess Gina Breedlove. We're making music for some community organizations and I'm really excited about it. What else can I say? It's June, the weather's warming up, now is a perfect time to get out, catch some art, be out in community, feel and show some PRIDE if you got it. Recharge your joy for the resistance.

Next month in July I'm superstoked to be joining the lineup for "Another Country", kicking off at Littlefield's new location and brought to you by the lovable folks of the Gay Ole Opry. It's an all day music extravaganza that pushes back on the notions of what country music is and who makes it. Stay tuned for this! And while you're here, check out this newer take on my song Waterside. It's close to my heart. The music tells the story.


May 2017

It's May and Toshi Reagon is bringing the BIGLovely crew out to California! We'll play CAP UCLA on May 4th, and head up to the Bay for Freight and Salvage on May 6th. We got some good-energy music to share, and we'd love to be in the room with you.

And to kick off June, BIGLovely will be opening for none other than MAVIS STAPLES at Summerstage on June 3rd. That's gonna be a joyful noise if there ever was one. I'm honored to part of the crew for this set. Please come join us for this very special evening!

Seems to me we need the light-bringers more than ever, right this moment. That includes all of us, when we're gathered together in strong purpose and intention. Check out some live music, dance, some art - recharge yourself.

In love and music.

April 2017

Gratitude. That word sums up all the amazing energies that have been arising. Choreographer Maria Bauman and I leaned into our vulnerability co-creating the dance/music performace piece 'Passages'. We set up a challenge to look at transitions of all kinds, and focused on the transitions in relationships. I had the chance to shake my usual shape and do improvised dance, while Maria gave herself to improvised singing. We shared this delicate work to a full house at Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. So grateful to BAAD, to Maria, to dancers Courtney Cook and Sanchell Brown who helped bring Passages to life. And to everyon who joined us in the space, in person and in spirit.

And INTRINSIC! Littlefield was chock full of generous energy for Climbing Poetree's CD release. Over 30 artists and many more supportive collaborators made that night happen. I'm talkin string section, horn section, dancers, some of the fiercest singers, and of course, Alixa and Naima, their inimitable energy, and their heart-medicine music. If you haven't already copped the album, check it out for yourself: INTRINSIC

As for this month, I'm really excited to join the line-up for the Queer Country Quarterly at Branded Saloon on April 15th. We'll be celebrating Humble Tripe's record release. You'll also hear music from myself, Nadia Bourne, and Karen and the Sorrows! Then on the 19th, you'll find me on bass in Mishti's rock-blues set at Rockwood Music Hall. It's a fantastic night of music, come join us if you can!

Next month, Toshi Reagon brings BIGLovely to the west coast. We'll be at UCLA on May 3rd and in the bay at Freight and Salvage on May 6th. I can't wait to get out there and see beloved west coast faces. It's Spring, y'all. Come out and play!

March 2017

Hello loves!
This journey of taking messages and turning them to sound continues. In a lot of ways it's been a troubling winter season, though sprinkled with a lot of amazing musical moments. Personally, I'm glad that spring is rolling around and very excited about what's to come.
Last month, the ensembles for GOODFolk and Chaney Sims' Heartstrings respectively blazed up Joe's Pub. I pushed my own edges on bass and guitar in those shows. This month, I'm excited to stretch even further (literally). On March 18th at BAAD, I'll be doing an evening of collaboration with choreographer Maria Bauman: Passages. We're exploring themes of transition, and we each are going to explore a bit of the other's "dance space". So you'll see me doing some movement, and you'll get to hear Maria sing - as we bring our artistic gaze to the one thing humans can't escape: change. Please join us for this really unique offering!

Other gifts: March 14th at Branded Saloon we're celebrating Elias Krell's CD release. Sets of music by Elias, Trashy, and by yours truly. And on March 31st, I'm honored to join the crew that will bring Climbing Poetree's INTRINSIC CD to life in celebration of their CD release at Littlefield. The record was an epic undertaking and we're all super proud of Climbing Poetree for putting forth this gift of music - in addition to their unrelenting activist work. Hope to see you out there this month!

February 2017

What a proud showing of resistance to start off this year. January saw some of the largest gatherings of people in protest - ever. At the Women's March on Washington, the crowds were enormous. That day we felt the collective energy of hundreds of thousands of people present to express dissent. We heard people from all walks of life speaking truth to power. I was on that stage playing bass in the house band under the masterful direction of Toshi Reagon and Rachel Eckroth, musical directors, for some fierce artists lending their music and presence to the cause - from Janelle Monae to Maxwell to Alicia Keys. I am grateful to all the organizers, artists, and protesters for making a proufound statement on that epic day. And not only was the DC march huge - people turned out in cities all over the world, to show with their presence that there will be resistance to authoritarian/nationalist efforts to strip any oppressed group of their rights. It's just beginning.

We'll need spaces to gather and recharge during this time. Let music be your medicine. This month I'll be playing bass with Toshi Reagon's GOODFolk LOVEFest at Joe's Pub on February 17th. We'll be playing songs that explore the angst of love. And on February 21st, I'll be playing guitar with Grammy-nominated singer Chaney Sims in a very special evening of music with some fantastic musicians. There's heart medicine in this, so come join us.

Also: in March, I'll be doing an evening in collaboration with choreographer Maria Bauman at Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. This is going to be an evening that blends what we both do, and I'm very excited about it - save the date and stay tuned for more details: March 18th. That month will also find me at Branded Saloon, playing a set of my tunes in Elias Krell's CD-release party, AND at the end of the month I'll be hanging on bass with Climbing Poetree for their CD-release at Littlefield. I'm so proud of my artist family. So... Come get something good. Take care of yourselves and each other. Hope, love, and music.

January 2017

Top of the year. This year we get to show up in solidarity and in community to help secure the rights and dignity of all folks. Everyone has a part to play, whether you're donating money to awesome organizations like the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, ALP or Astraea, to name a few.  Or maybe you're out in the streets, protesting to voice your dissent, exercising your right to free speech. With the coming inauguration of a president with no governmental experience and very little accountability, it'll be up to us to be watchful for what the new administration tries to push through.  To loudly voice opposition to and continually find ways to resist any platform that puts into question the safety and rights of any group.

In that spirit: On January 21st, I'm honored to be joining Toshi Reagon in making music at the Women's March on Washington. And on the 25th and 26th, you'll find me at Joe's Pub, joyfully holding down the bass in BIGLovely for Toshi's birthday shows. You wanna catch one of these shows if you can. There is medicine in gathering and in music. See you out there - love!

October 2016

Oh hello, fall! It's been a beautiful musical start to the season with Word Rock Sword and not one but TWO editions of Uptown Swing! Essentially floating on a cloud of gratitude for all the amazingly talented folks in this circle. Special gratitude to Toshi Reagon for making a beautiful and safe space of music. And to my collaborator Micia Mosely who's got gifts for the community in abundance with the Black Teacher Project, and with her art.

So for the rest of the month: October 17th you'll find me at Rockwood with Mishti, we're gonna rock blues it out. And on October 28th, I'm excited to join Rachel Friedman at Joe's Pub performing songs off her amazing record My Marching Band. Allison Miller on drums, Tiffany James and Jeff Jeudy rounding out this fine musical combo. AND it's Rachel's birthday celebration! So come celebrate with us and gift yourself a beautiful night of music.

Sending lots of light and love out to you, treasured fam.

For Your Ears:
Heartbeats (Cover)
September 2016

It's been a beautiful summer of unexpected musical gifts. I got to collaborate with some of my favorite human beings! Ashley Phillips, Naima Penniman, Juliette Jones, Shelley Nicole, Toshi Reagon, Tiffany James - gifted, right?

This month I'm excited to be making music with Onliest at Dixon Place Lounge on September 9, and at our debut at the amazing Sisterspace Festival on the 11th! And since September is our birthday month, we're taking our collaboration with Micia Mosely and turning the September edition of Uptown Swing into a birthday party - that's the 28th, come hang with us! Tiffany and I have been tinkering with our musical blend for, oh a few decades? But recently we've begun to focus on something kinda interesting: the way our differences are a unique strength for us. We sure hope you can check out what we're up to!

What else, is it really September without Word Rock Sword? This year the concert is on September 24th at Le Poisson Rouge - and you really wanna be there! Joan As Policewoman, Be Steadwell Allison Miller and so many more amazing performers are gonna be in the place to light up the stage and your heart. Get your tickets!

Lastly, I'll take a moment to highlight a struggle that's really important to me. I firmly stand against the tactics and methods being used in the efforts to force the Dakota Access Pipeline through Native lands in the Dakotas - putting water sources and sacred sites at risk. If you haven't heard about it, please check out the haps online. If you're team #NoDAPL like I am, and interested in what you can do to support our brothers and sisters at the front lines, please read THIS.

Appreciate you and all that you do.

August 2016

This month, I'm joining Naima Pennimann of Climbing Poetree in Rock Against the TPP. We hit Seattle on August 19th and Portland on August 20th. There are a slew of great artists and activists lending their voices to raise awareness about this problematic trade deal which could potentially affect us all. Find out more at

Later on in the month I'll be hanging with comedian and educator Micia Moseley, Onliest, and special guests Aima the dreamer (west coast!) and Chaney Sims over at Mess Hall in Harlem. There's an open mic too, so bring your gifts! Thats August 31st.

Coming in September: Onliest Rocks SisterSpace Festival on the 11th and Word Rock Sword lands at Le Poisson Rouge on the 24th - so stay tuned!

Hotter Than July 2016

The Summer's gone Epic.

In this last week of July, I had the pleasure of sharing my music along with Ashley Phillips at our tenderly inspired event 'Open Hearts' Club in Brooklyn. I'm tellin you the room was full of love - and we're definitely gonna do it again soon. But wait - also this final week of July, I'm sitting in on guitar with the incredible Juliette Jones, violinist and musician extraordinaire, in a sweet set at City Winery opening for Lizz Wright. I'm so excited about this, I can't tell you. It will be an incredible night of music so you definitely gotta get your tickets before they sell out.

In August, I'll be hanging on bass with Shelley Nicole's blaKbushe at C'mon Everybody once again - and this time we're raising funds for a beloved of ours fighting cancer. Come be in the room with us, it's awesome music for an awesome reason.

Last but not least in August: I'm thrilled to be joining Naima Penniman of Climbing Poetree as she rocks Rock Against the TPP in a line-up that includes Talib Kweili in Seattle and Portland. We'll be kicking some music off the new Climbing Poetree record INTRINSIC - available Spring 2017! Again, amazing music for an amazing reason. TPP? Trans-Pacific Partnership international trade agreement being negotiated by multiple governments, details kept secret from the public. Sound like a problem? It is. Find out more online and if you're in any of the cities on the Rock Against the TPP tour, go show your love!

In solidarity, love and music!

July 2016

Family, I'm writing with heavy heart about the disproportionate level of violence black, brown, and other non-conforming bodies withstand in this world - most depressingly at the hands of the state. I know that art has some role in creating safe space or solace for those who have difficulty locating it elsewhere. So among other avenues of work, I continue to offer (and find relief in) music.

There are few bigger musical spaces of love to wade in than Toshi Reagon's BIGLovely. So if you're at or near Bard College the first weekend of the month please come be in the room with us on Saturday evening. I promise you'll leave with something you need.

Over the next few weeks, I'll get to work with some of my favorite folks, who keep me grounded and held in the expansiveness of their gifts: Shelley Nicole, Micia Mosely, Maria Bauman, Ashley Phillips, just to name a few. So please stay tuned for more music. And please be well as you humanly can be. Don't forget to reach out to the folks you hold dear. Together we make this living meaningful.

June 2016

It's shaping up to be a huge month of music! First off, on June 11th I'm sitting in with Dan Zanes' Leadbelly Project at Celebrate Brooklyn. It'll be my first time playing the Bandshell and I'm so excited to be doing it with Dan and his fantastic crew. After that, I'm rolling down to Miami with some of my favorite musicians, as Toshi Reagon brings BIGLovely to town for the 'Out in the Tropics' Festival. When I return, the music keeps goin: I'm sitting in on bass with my long time brother in music Demax and his band Terrestrial Reset. We'll be playin some of his beautiful music at C'mon Everybody in Brooklyn in celebration of his birthday.

I'm so proud to know so many talented artists. Takin this moment to shout out Maria Bauman, an incredible choreographer and dancer, artist/activist. Her company MBDance will be performing an evening of work at NYU entitled 'Grace is High and Low' - and you sure don't wanna miss it. Get your tickets HERE.

All the gratitude for all that's beautiful in the world. See you out there!

May 2016

May's starting to bring the sunshine, and inspiration for so much that is good. Feels like it's time to shake it up and start something new! I'm excited about the new songs that keep comin on through and conjuring up more collaborations. This past month, the pilot for BRIC's 'All Together Now' aired, with the amazing Dan Zanes and myself acting as co-hosts. You can check that out here: All Together Now! I also had the pleasure of sitting in on bass for a recording for a project Dan is workin' on, such a cool experience, creating more positive vibes with new friends.

This month, you can catch me on TV playing bass in the house band for the final episode of the Meredith Vieira show (airs on May 23rd on NBC). It was a mind-blowing experience working with those super-star Meredith Vieira Players under the expert direction of Everett Bradley, something I'll never forget! Catch that if you can, and for something live, I'll be holding down bass with Mishti at Rockwood on May 18th. Come have a drink and vibe with the rock-bluesy sounds!

Next month, I'm excited to join Toshi Reagon's BIGLovely down in Miami for the Out In the Tropics festival! The magic of music awaits...

April 2016

So Onliest got out to the west coast in March, and it was FANTASTIC! We played our hearts out, met some amazing Cal State students (the future's in good hands) and we met some ridiculously talented musicians down in Long Beach. We caught some much needed sunshine, and we drove up to the Bay, where we had the chance to check out a show with Skip the Needle and Shelley Nicole's blaKbushe. We ended up on stage for a few tunes with Shelley, and we connected with so many beautiful kindred spirits. In short, I'm still walking on sunshine, even tho the east coast hasn't quite gotten the memo yet about spring!

As for what's next... I'm playing some music with my good friends Mishti and Rachel Friedman at Bowery Electric on April 18th. Come check out the show and let these two amazing songwriters draw you in with their own special blend of storytelling and musical genius. Also cooking: I'm co-hosting this really cool new series on BRIC TV called 'All Together Now'. Along with Dan Zanes, host and musical director, we explore the musical possibilities of some very talented but very different music groups. When it all comes together, it's pretty magical. The first episode airs this month - so stay tuned for more details here!

The musical journey continues.... xo!

March 2016

There's been so much incredible music and inspiration over these past few weeks. I got to play some of my favorite basslines in this year's Love Fest at Joe's - some D'Angelo, some Brainstorm (thank you Deon Estus!!), Earth Wind and Fire just to name a few - masterfully delivered by a cast of amazing singers. I've been out to see a ton of dope musicians share their gifts. I've also been in the shed with my guitar, playing a lot of acoustic, these days. And on Valentine's Day, a new song came down, a meditation on love: Safe And Sound. I posted it right away on facebook, and honestly, I was blown away that so many folks stopped to listen. I'm honored to have written something that spoke to so many folks. I'll keep returning to the space of what feels most vulnerable and true, and I hope to return with more songs that speak those truths. Take a listen to Safe And Sound: HERE.

This month, Onliest heads out to the west coast to make some music at Cal State Fullerton. Tiffany and I are so excited to bring these #twinsounds out west! Also this month, I'm honored to be back at ALP. This'll be my second year playing some music for the annual POZitively Resilient event - a dope gathering and celebration of community.

If you're in NYC, I hope you get a chance to check out the Women's Jazz Fest at the Schomburg. There's music all month long! These shows are always off the chain, lots of beautiful music family will up there gracing the stage - and I will be in the audience gettin FREE. See you out there!

February 2016

It's been a whirlwind musical start to the year! I played 4 shows on 2 coasts with Toshi Reagon's BIGLovely, a late night set at Rockwood with one my faves, Mishti, and an incredibly dynamic set with Toshi Reagon and Allison Miller's new project Holler & Bam in the Winter Jazz fest (check their blazin tunes on soundcloud!). I got to catch a good bit of live music too, which is something that always gets me inspired. At the moment it has me tinkering with arrangements of some of my songs which you'll soon be able to check out.

So, February. Black History Month. Birthday month to some really beloved Aquarian friends of mine. To some folk, it's the month when we celebrate the loveliness of love. Whether you're a fan of Valentine's day or not, we invite you to come down and get musically loved up on in another edition of Good Folk Love Sessions at Joe's Pub on February 12th. This year we're bringin you 'Soulful Love', playing some of my favorite tunes - with some amazing singers that'll have you on cloud nine! Get your tickets: HERE, and we'll see you out there for this soulful situation!

January 2016

Happy 2016, family! I'm so excited about what this year will bring. Already, January is kicking off with a slew of amazing performances. January 11th, I'm holding down bass for bluesy-rocker Mishti at Rockwood. It's been a while since I've been on the Rockwood stage, and I love that I'll be doin it with friends and fam. Then on the 16th, I'm holding bass for Holler and Bam, Toshi Reagon and Allison Miller's joint project. That's happening at Subculture as part of the Winter Jazz Fest. And at the end of the month, Toshi Reagon's BIGLovely heads off to California to play two shows in the Off Center Festival, followed by the annual birthday shows at Joe's Pub in NYC.

I hope you can get out and join us for some of this live awesomeness. Also, if you're following along on the interwebs, I'm posting tunes and videos so you can share in the evolution of this music. Some of these tunes are teenagers, like Believer and Lost in Me - I can hardly believe it, but years later, they are STILL teaching me things about how they want to be played! And then there are much newer songs like Waterside, which help me think about who and how I want to be in community and in my music. You can check out Facebook, Youtube and Soundcloud for new stuff.

Sending out BIG love to you, family!

For Your Ears:
Title track from my EP Believer