Rolling Stone

Joy Oladokun’s Realistic Redemption


ARIZONA singer-songwriter Joy Oladokun grabbed listeners last year with her indictment of systemic racism, “I See America,” proof that she has the potential to be the kind of star who delivers hard truths in the voice of a friend. On her major-label debut, she fuses country, gospel, pop, and soul, singing about her search for redemption on “Sunday” and our universal sense of depression on “Look Up.” Her vocals can evoke Adele, and Maren Morris joins her to sing about making a full house from a shitty hand on “Bigger Man.” The result is at once down-to-earth and uplifting, a voice that’ll make arenas feel like church.

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