Stephanie McKay. Bear in mind the title.
In honor of Black Music Month, we’re highlighting wonderful artists like Soul singer/songwriter, educator, and humanities advocate Stephanie McKay whose inventive observe lies on the intersection of artwork, group, training and social justice.
Over the course of her 20-year profession, she’s launched 4 albums of authentic music, toured internationally as a solo artist/bandleader/performer, and labored with Anthony Hamilton, DJ Spinna, Toshi Reagon, Roy Hargrove, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Amp Fiddler, and Tough.
Earlier this 12 months, she collaborated along with her 12-year-old son on “Phenomenon” impressed by the worry of elevating a younger Black boy in a world the place they’re disproportionately focused by police.
The soul-nourishing monitor is featured on world artist compilation ‘Black Lives: From Technology to Technology‘ which faucets into the family tree of Black music and its roots in West African, South African, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms by way of 25 worldwide artists and over 60 musicians.
Infused with the connective energy of the African diaspora, the compilation showcases Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk, Rock, Fusion, Rap, Jungle, Nu-Jazz, Soul, Blues, Caribbean Jazz, Opera, Classical music, and poetry.
Born in New York Metropolis, Stephanie attracts inspiration from relationships, historical past and life experiences of the folks in her group. By means of commentary, interviews and improvisation she composes and interprets tales by way of music, phrases, and motion.
As an educator, Stephanie is enthusiastic about utilizing built-in arts to advertise self-agency, vital pondering, and inventive self-expression.
In Massachusetts, she’s labored with afterschool youth artwork organizations like Zumix, Uncooked Artwork Works, and Citizen Colleges the place she co-creates with youth whereas aspiring to create a culturally reflexive curriculum by way of which she will share her ardour for arts training with others.