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"Branjae to Showcase 2018 SxSW Tulsa Stage" - Tulsa Upclose and Personal

"MisFEST, an all-female music festival, will showcase some of the state's best musical talents"

— “Our Voice,” by Casii Stephan, Branjae and Jillian Holzbauer

Some prime examples of the “madness” of creativity will escape during the first MisFEST, a day-long all-female music festival showcasing some of the state’s best musical talents, taking place Saturday, May 13, at River West Festival Park, 2100 S. Jackson Ave.

The festival, officially the “Music is She, She is Music Festival,” was conceived as a platform to empower women to succeed in the music industry, by helping to strengthen the connections among the community of female artists in Oklahoma. It will also serve as a fundraiser for River Parks and the YWCA-Tulsa.

Amira Al-Jiboori, one of the co-founders of the festival and percussionist for Stephan’s band, The Midnight Sun, said the idea grew out of simply observing Tulsa performers.

“Casii and I are relatively new to the music scene,” she said, “and as we started taking in shows, we were really amazed at the level of talent and the diversity of talent that exists here.

“We wanted to put together some sort of a showcase because there didn’t seem to be a lot of opportunities for women artists to work together,” Al-Jiboori said. “And the more we talked about it and worked on it, the more it evolved.”

Seven acts will perform as part of the festival, including Branjae, Stephan with her band The Midnight Sun, Fiawna Forte and Kalo.

“We wanted to highlight, as best we could, the diversity in the Tulsa scene,” Al-Jiboori said. “We wanted to cover as many different genres as we could.”

In addition, the festival will host the “She Persists MisFEST Songwriting Brunch,” with Oklahoma songwriters Adrienne Gilley, Chloe Johns, Erin O’Dowd and Kalyn Fay sharing songs and stories and answering questions.

The brunch, Al-Jiboori said, grew out of a desire to involve more artists, as well as to collaborate with YWCA-Tulsa.

“The YWCA first proposed the idea of doing something that would create an environment, be more interactive,” Al-Jiboori said.

Tickets for the festival are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. VIP tickets are $50 in advance, $65 at the door. Tickets for the brunch, which includes a general admission ticket to the festival, are $35. To purchase, go to

One of the festival’s major sponsors is Square 1 Theatrics, the Tulsa-based firm best known for co-producing the Tony Award-winning musical “Pippin.” Two shows the company has helped produced — “Waitress” and “Come From Away,” both Tony Award nominees — are currently running on Broadway.

“Waitress” made Broadway history as the first major musical to have an all-female creative team. - Tulsa World

"Branjae Confirms Upcoming shows on Unscripted Music" - Unscripted Music

"Branjae nominated for WE are Tulsa Music awards" - We are Tulsa Music

"Stories from the Resistance"

Tulsa-based singer, songwriter, and dancer Branjae Jackson advocates for her community and change. She finds that the Trump presidency has pushed her to find peace and focus her energy on music and the issues that matter to her. —Mary Noble

Mary Noble: Do you feel that the act of making music is a form of resistance?

Branjae Jackson: Making music is making magic. And that magic can change people—vibes and energy. Wanna get some rage out and break shit? Well, there’s music for that! Feel sexy and vibe with a romance? Music for that. It can make people feel something. It makes me feel something. And if it’s just right, that same something the listener feels connects to what I feel, and they push it back. Yes. It definitely can resist and lead others to resist.

Noble: Social justice issues were a part of your music before last year’s election. Has anything changed about the way you make music since Trump was elected?

Jackson: I noticed my writing evolving post-election when this wave of separation and negative energy birthed itself again. I’ve taken a softer approach by realizing how much power I actually have. I don’t have to accept the negative. I can speak my truth unapologetically and really not feel anything negative about someone else and their thoughts. We don’t have to agree, but this is my truth.

I resist Trump by specifically paying less and less attention to him. I mean, we already know the man’s unbalanced with evil intentions. To argue with each other, stress out, and worry—honestly, to me—is wasted energy and happy time … Remaining unsurprised at what he’s up to next brings a peace to me and makes me want to focus on the things I can contribute to change. - Tulsa Voice

"FMAC names Branjae Named Artist of the Month"

Branjae has developed a wealth of experience as an entertainer, she has opened or collaborated with Wayman Tisdale, Brian Mcnight, Thundercat, Yojimbo, Fishbone, JUNO What?, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Freak Juice, Austin’s Tbird and the Breaks and upcoming sensation We the Ghost to name a few. Crafting her style and creating her own lane, Branjae gained notoriety in her Midwestern region, and has expanded her following in the South. She also collaborated with London’s DJ S.O. Beats and garnered international recognition in the United Kingdom. She later gained national airplay with her single “Didn’t Know” off her debut album PowerSource.

BranjaeMusic has channeled the raw emotions of life, love, pain, hope, failure and success into relatable parallels far beyond entertainment. More than just a melody, more than just a rhythm, the sun is on the horizon, and BranjaeMusic has taken its rightful place.

“We all arrive into this human experience with the freedom to express ourselves to the fullest. We are made to be as creative and fearless as children…forever. Only you can stop you. Live it up and live in love. We weren’t born insecure.”

For more information and to listen to her music, please visit Branjae’s listing in the Oklahoma Music Directorylink.
May 8, 2017 - Oklahoma Film and Music Office

"Meet Tulsa Artist Branjae"

4/22/2018 Meet Tulsa music artist Branjae: 'I have the fire in me that I know I am supposed to do something' | Features | 2/5
Tulsa-based musical artist Branjae is so full of energy and so outgoing that it’s hard to believe she
once was the silent type.
She said she went through a two-year period of her childhood “where I really wasn’t talking at all.”
Part of the reason was shyness. “And because I stuered
so badly that I was conscious of it and I
noticed that other people noticed, I didn’t put forth an effort to talk that often,” she said.
Branjae said the stuer
went away when she was about 5 years old.
“Honestly, it was just a miracle,” she said. “My dad was a heavy believer in prayer. We never went
through any sort of speech therapy. We couldn’t afford anything like that.”
But she went from stuering
every day to no stuer
at all.
“It was something that just happened,” she said. “I personally now think that (the stuer)
was just
negative energy trying to keep my flow from happening from what I am supposed to do — to
change the planet, honestly.”
Branjae now has much to chat about. She has a solo career in addition to being in the band Count
Tutu, which won the Tulsa World’s Hop Jam opening band contest in 2017. She collaborated with
Emmy winner Jeremy Charles on a video for her new song “Everybody Needs.” She’s fresh off a
performance at SXSW in Austin. And she has an origin story that involves her father living in a tent
in south Tulsa.
Branjae (full name: Branjae Jackson) proudly calls herself a Tulsa girl. She was born in Detroit, but
came to Tulsa with her family before her second birthday.
She said the family relocated to Oklahoma because her father wanted to go to Rhema Bible
Academy in Broken Arrow. She said he moved here by himself, living in a tent south of 81st Street
and Lewis Avenue. He worked at McDonald’s before transitioning into the insurance business. He
saved enough money for his family to join him in Tulsa and they moved into a small apartment on
the east side. Now he’s a minister who travels the world.
“I see an awesome example of really going after your dreams and being who you are out of my
dad,” Branjae said, adding that she gets her drive from her fa
4/22/2018 Meet Tulsa music artist Branjae: 'I have the fire in me that I know I am supposed to do something' | Features | 3/5
She later said this: “I have the fire in me that I know I am supposed to do something. I can see that.
But I don’t know the how. I don’t worry about the how. The universe just handles that. I throw my
desire out there, what I want to do, and as I am living, it comes to me.”
Branjae always knew she was going to be a performer. She watched VHS tapes of musicals
over and over again as a child and said she knows prey
much every line of “Bye Bye Birdie,”
“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and “West Side Story.” (She likes the Sharks beer
than the Jets,
because, among other reasons, they seemed to be nicer to the ladies.)
Branjae also was aracted
to music videos, especially those of Michael Jackson, whose videos
embraced storytelling. She mimicked what she saw, mostly when no one was watching, and was
terrified the first time she performed in front of others. She sang when her father was a guest
speaker at a church, then retreated to her mother’s lap and cried. Mom reassured her: “You did it.”
A Broken Arrow High School alum, Branjae has been singing professionally for about 12 years. She
said she is “so clear” in what she wants to accomplish.
“Clarity to me is a huge thing,” she said. “I do a lot of meditating. I am just someone that
daydreams a lot. I don’t think about all the details. I just think about how it’s going to make me feel
and I focus on that and focus on it would be great to have this and great to have that. Honestly, I
just keep my eyes open and the connections just kind of present themselves. I just follow the dots
and they connect themselves.”
The “dots” led to the video team-up with Charles and to a repeat performance at SXSW. She said
she performed at the SXSW day party in 2017 and was brought back as a showcase artist this year.
Branjae loves that she is embraced as part of the Tulsa music scene, but she has the itch to travel like
her parents and her brother, a dancer.
“I’m ready for that same support (I have received) to push me out of here to go spread what we
have got here — this Tulsa community — out there,” she said.
Asked about doubling as a solo performer and as a member of Count Tutu, she said, “I’m really
trying to establish myself as an entertainer. I want to be that Michael Jackson, that Madonna, that
Beyonce — that one artist. I play with musicians when I am doing a live show or playing a festival,
but I also have different facets of myse
4/22/2018 Meet Tulsa music artist Branjae: 'I have the fire in me that I know I am supposed to do something' | Features | 4/5
Scene Writer Jimmie Tramel
Jimmie is a pop culture and feature writer at the Tulsa World. A former Oklahoma sports writer of the year, he has
written books about former Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer and former Oklahoma State football coach Pat
Jones. Phone: 918-581-8389
She said, for instance, she might perform in a duo. Or partner with a big band for jazz. Or do a hip
hop track. Her official site ( refers to her as the birth child of classic soul, funk
and gospel.
“I’m very genre-fluid, so I like to go in and out of different styles according to how I feel,” she said.
“People in the music industry say you need to pick one thing and push that. I want to do my own
thing and I’m kind of rebellious, so I want to prove that this works, and, so far, it’s working.”
Everybody Needs
The video for the Branjae song “Everybody Needs” was directed by Jeremy Charles of FireThief
Productions with Kyle Bell doing camera work.
Asked to talk about the song, Branjae said “It’s a reminder that we have a lot of political things happening
and there is a lot of shaking and negative energy and vibration in our country and in our neighborhoods and
in our communities. And I think sometimes people start forgetting, when they are talking through the
computer and they are talking through the internet, that they are talking to another human.
“They forget that we are the same. We are raised differently. We have different backgrounds. So it’s like it’s
simple and it’s complex. It’s like what the universe is. It’s simple and it’s complex. ‘Everybody Needs’ is that
song, for me, to just remind myself and remind other people that everybody wants the same thing.
Everybody wants to be loved. Everybody wants to be taken care of. Nobody wants, really, to die
prematurely. We have dreams and we have children and we want our children to be successful and we
want the best chances that we can have and equal opportunities.
“So while we are debating on gun laws and equality and all the things that are happening, just remember
‘that’s a person’ just to smooth out some of the rough edges a little bit. On the internet, it’s easy to get away
with that. On Facebook, you are just blasting off bombs and bullets are flying. It’s like would you really say
this to a person if you were looking at them in the eyes and looking at their soul? Let’s not forget that. Left.
Right. We are still people. We all need water. We all need food. It’s the same principle, so let’s not forget
Branjae said the song was birthed out of a song challenge by bass player Jordan Hehl who was seeing the
same kind of posts online and started a hashtag to spread peace and love by way of song. - Tulsa World


Powersource 2014 - Album release 

Everybody Needs 2018- Mini Track- Visual and single 



Branjae has developed a wealth of experience as an entertainer, She has opened or collaborated with Wayman Tisdale, Brian Mcknight, Thundercat, Fishbone, NOLA’s Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dirt Foot, Nashville’s Alanna Royal and many more. Crafting her style and creating her own lane, Branjae gained notoriety in the midwest region, expanded her following to the south and collaborated with London’s DJ circuit while gaining international recognition in the UK with her song, Mystery. She later gained national airplay with her soulful, heartfelt ballot, Didn’t Know off her debut album PowerSource. Branjae has channeled the raw emotions of life, love, pain, hopes and successes into relatable parallels far beyond entertainment. More than just a melody, more than a rhythm, the sun is on the horizon and Branjae has taken her rightful place. 

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