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Andra Day

2022 Speaker

ANDRA DAY is a GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer/songwriter, activist, and actress, who has been bearing her heart on the world’s stage for years. She was initially best known for her 2016 GRAMMY®- nominated behemoth, Rise Up, which amassed 1 billion streams and an RIAA triple-platinum certification. She’s performed alongside everyone from Stevie Wonder and the Obamas, to Nick Jonas and Alicia Keys. Recently, with her feature-acting debut in the Lee Daniels-directed biopic The United States vs. Billie Holiday (in which she starred as Holiday herself), she’s been able to share even more of herself with the rest of us. Her affecting, acclaimed performance earned her a nomination for Best Actress at the Oscars, and a Golden Globe for Actress in a Drama Motion Picture. Her winning renditions of Holiday songs and heartwarming originals on the soundtrack have won praise from critics and fans alike, including nominations for the original song Tigress & Tweed at both the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Awards. In the wake of the film, she hasn’t slowed down, launching a TV takeover that saw her making appearances on The View, The Tonight Show, and The Daily Show, among others. Last year, she worked with GiveDirectly to release Make Your Troubles Go Away, in order to raise money to fight COVID-19, and also lent her voice to support the Biden/Harris election. Her upcoming studio album and warmhearted new single Phone Dies continues her emotional generosity, spreading tenderness and joy to a world that needs it. @andradaymusic

photo credit: Myriam Santos