Joy Oladokun Shares Thoughtful and Reflective New Single ”Purple Haze”

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Tender and sweet, with a deep well of emotional lucidity, indie folk artist Joy Oladokun’s new single “Purple Haze” is a glistening silver lining that keeps hope alive even amongst hazy skies. Out via Amigo Records/Verve Forecast/Republic Records, Oladokun also premiered “Purple Haze” on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”


With vulnerable, silky vocals, Oladokun tells a story about the power of love and how we should hold onto the things that bring us joy regardless of what is going on in the world, and especially when things seem to be falling apart all around us. Simple, but powerful lyrics carry the song’s message with dignity and grace as Oladokun opens up her soul and distills it into the caressing sound of her guitar.

“I wrote ‘Purple Haze’ while I was in LA after some wildfires, and I noticed the sky was not the color that it should be,” Oladokun. “It made me think about the world we live in and all the information we get on a daily basis. It almost feels like we might be on our way out as a species but there are wonderful things like family, friends, partners, dogs – things that inspire us towards beauty and excitement. Even if this all ends, it was worth the experience.”


“Purple Haze” is the fourth single released by Oladokun this year, following her 2021 album release, in defense of my own happiness, the first off her major label debut with Amigo Records/Verve Forecast/Republic Records. Since her debut, she has been covered and featured in a variety of ”Best of” lists, participated in several podcasts and performance streams including “Tiny Desk (Home) Concert” and has captured the hearts of kindred spirits who enjoy her beautiful, introspective tunes.

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Oladokun is currently out on her first national headlining tour in addition to supporting tour dates for artists Maren Morris and My Morning Jacket. Supporting My Morning Jacket, Oladokun will be performing in California with tour dates that include stops in: Stanford, CA at the Frost Amphitheater on August 14; Santa Barbara at the Santa Barbara Bowl on August 16; L.A. at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on August 17; and Dana Point, CA as part of the Ohana Festival taking place Sept. 30 – Oct. 1.

Words: Patti Sanchez

For more on Joy Oladokun, make sure to visit her website and follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

May 10—Durham, NC—Motorco Music Hall* (SOLD OUT)
May 11—Asheville, NC—The Grey Eagle*
May 13—Atlanta, GA—Terminal West*
May 14—Nashville, TN—The Basement East* (SOLD OUT)
May 15—Nashville, TN—Basement East*
May 20—Gulf Shores, AL—Hangout Music Fest
June 18—Manchester, TN—Bonnaroo Music Festival
August 4—Columbia, MD—Merriweather Post Pavilion^
August 5—Cleveland, OH—Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica^
August 6—Detroit, MI—Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre^
August 11—Redmond, WA—Marymoor Park+
August 12—Bend, OR—Hayden Homes Amphitheater+
August 14—Stanford, CA—Frost Amphitheater+


August 16—Santa Barbara, CA—Santa Barbara Bowl+
August 17—Los Angeles, CA—Hollywood Forever Cemetery+
August 19—Taos, NM—Kit Carson Park+
August 21—Salt Lake City, UT—Venue+
August 23—Dillon, CO—Dillon Amphitheater+
August 24—Dillon, CO—Dillon Amphitheater+
August 26—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre+
August 27—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre+
September 15—Boston, MA—Leader Bank Pavilion+
September 16—New Haven, CT—Westville Music Bowl+
September 19—Charlottesville, VA—Ting Pavilion+
September 20—Wilmington, NC—Live Oak Bank Pavilion+
September 22—Asheville, NC—Rabbit Rabbit+
September 23—Nashville, TN—Ascend Amphitheater+
September 24—Huntsville, AL—The Orion Amphitheater+
September 30—Dana Point, CA—Ohana Festival 2022

*with special guest Bre Kennedy
^supporting Maren Morris
+supporting My Morning Jacket

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