Raye Zaragoza is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and performer whose multinational heritage—Native American (Tohono O’odham), Mexican, Taiwanese, and Japanese—deeply informs her music. This perspective can be heard in her independently released song “In the River,” a response to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. The quiet yet powerful track resonated strongly with listeners and went viral in late 2016, garnering half a million views on the video, national media coverage, and a Global Music Award and Honesty Oscar.
Zaragoza’s debut album, Fight for You, displays her compassion, dedication to justice and equality for all, and keen eye for the seemingly small daily moments that become our most meaningful memories. About the record, she says, “This album is about finding yourself and finding your voice. It’s about maturing and realizing that you can make a difference if you so choose.”
Zaragoza performs her music all over the United States and Europe. Her music has been featured on the TV, radio, and Internet news program called Democracy Now! and on numerous lists of the best modern-day protest songs, including those in Paste Magazine, What Culture, and Overblown. She has been invited to perform at the United Nations in New York City and will be performing at a TEDx event in Herndon, Virginia.
Zaragoza’s multicultural heritage, consisting of Native American, Mexican, Taiwanese, and Japanese, also contributes to her versatile, soft, yet soulful sound.
—Guitar Girl Magazine
One of the most politically relevant artists in her genre