Raye Zaragoza is an award-winning Traditional Folk singer-songwriter of multi-national heritage (Native American (O’odham), Mexican, Taiwanese, and Japanese). Not too long ago, she released a powerful music video for “American Dream”, a thought-provoking single from her “Fight for You” EP.
“I’ve been thinking about the news, Daddy leaves it on all day through. I’ve been thinking about the words, and to be honest I can’t take it anymore. I hear you every day, the awful words you say, but hate can’t be the face of the American Dream.” – Zaragoza
American Dream was inspired by the destruction of Donald Trump’s election, the lack of mainstream media for Standing Rock, and the struggles Zaragoza faced while growing up in the United States. Also, the song was inspired by elements which have impacted Zaragoza’s life, such as, her great-grandmother being forced into a boarding school to be raised by Europeans.
“Her story haunts me because so many people don’t realize the awful things that have happened in this country just within the past 100 years. Also, the only way to move forward is to acknowledge that change is a choice that can start with you.” – Zaragoza
Check out Zaragoza’s viral single, entitled, “In the River”. Also, the song received national media coverage and a Global Music Award and Honesty Oscar.
In the River is a song about the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, located near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota.
“This album is about finding yourself and finding your voice. Also, it’s about maturing and realizing that you can make a difference if you so choose.” – Zaragoza