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Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
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World music band ADAAWE’s founder Joselyn Wilkinson makes her solo debut with the funky, percussive, jazz-influenced “ShapeShifting.” Already a veteran artist/performer, you have every right to expect a lot more than the average debut from this album and Joselyn certainly delivers. While her world music roots are still felt on this album, much of the album is focused on a sort of funk/soul hybrid that is certainly reminiscent of 70’s funk. Joselyn’s biting lyrics give the funk a socially conscious sting that indie music fans will definitely appreciate. The highlight here is the acoustic “By & By”, Joselyn’s voice shines throughout its duration and if you weren’t digging the album by this point you will undoubtedly find joy in this song. While “ShapeShifting” doesn’t have universal appeal, people looking to break the monotony of the latest trends should check this one out.
- Mark Fisher, Musical Discoveries, February 2005
- Musical Discoveries

jazz to tribal drumming to pop rock, JOSELYN & WILD ROOTS puts forth a master piece of heart lifting music that will soothe your soul and make you want to get up and dance. "Shapshifting," is by far one of the most beautiful CDs I have laid ears on to this year. It grasps a hold of your ears and perks your senses, while relaxing your mind and body through JOSELYN's soulful vocals and wispy instrumentation. This is a CD you can spin in your CD player for countless hours and come out of it completely refreshed and ready to take on the world. "For Love" (track 3) was one of my favorites on this album, but I must admit the other nine tracks entranced me just the same! I will definitely be picking up a copy of JOSELYN's next CD when it comes out. - Space Junkies Magazine, April 2005 - Space Junkies Magazine

Outstanding, and an early entrant in my record of the year list. Always soulful and always melodic, songs like "For Love" drag you in and refuse to let you go. There's a little bit of funk, a little bit of blues and a little bit of folk, all underpinned by shifting, hypnotic shuffles. The songs are life affirming and positive, a beacon for hope.
- Zeitgeist, Edinburgh UK, March 2005 - Zeitgeist, Edinburgh UK

Joselyn, a bohemian bandleader and inspired vocalist and percussionist, gave her all and then some...showing her ethereal beauty and utter musicianship. She really engaged her audience by being swept away by the music.
- Gina Zollman, The Beverly Hills Outlook, May 2004 - The Beverly Hills Outlook

Talented Lead vocalist Joselyn Wilkinson sounds like a cross between Annie Lennox and Alicia Keys and her band of Wild Roots offer able support playing soulful dance, Afro-Cuban and pseudo hip hop grooves. This 10-song disc opens with the Latin, hip-hop flavored “Break it Down,” which offers a radio friendly sound without sacrificing the quality of cool. From there, the album flows smoothly and well-crafted lyrics and melodies kept my interest.
- Phillip E. Hardy, Sound the Siren, February 2005 - Sound the Siren


Chance for Rain, 2009, full length CD, release 9/09
ShapeShifting, 2005, full length CD
Remember, 2002, EP
wildrootswomen, 2001, EP
Six Women Strong, 2001, ADAAWE full length

Radio Airplay KPFK, 90.7 FM Los Angeles
WSXU, 96.3 FM, Salisbury University
KSYM, 90.1 FM, San Antonio College
WVOF, 88.5 FM, Fairfield University Radio, The Upper Room With Joe Kelley
KKFI, 90.1FM, Kansas City, MO, "WomanSong"
Kings Level 3
Women of Substance Radio online

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Indie Record Stores carrying "Chance For Rain"
Silver Platters, Seattle, WA
Music Millennium, Portland, OR
Independent Records, Colorado
Dimple Records, Sacramento, CA
Lou's Records, Encinitas, CA
Myrna Loy Performing Arts Center, Helena, MT
Montana Book Company, Helena, MT
Holter Museum Gift Show, Helena, MT



Joselyn updates the classic singer-songwriter sound -
Earthy songstress releases 2nd full-length, “Chance For Rain”

Joselyn Wilkinson, an L.A. based singer/songwriter and percussionist has been making waves across the United States with her soulful and uplifting songs. She found her voice by merging her background in poetry and theatre with her appreciation for West African percussion and influences like Bob Marley, Laura Nyro and Stevie Wonder to create a sound that humbly seeks to promote truth and hope while thoroughly entertaining audiences.

Her new album, “Chance for Rain”, was inspired by Joselyn’s journey from her childhood home of Montana where natural beauty, art and social action defined her soul. These were the same elements that led her to study at UCLA and spend a year in Ghana, West Africa, researching cultures and their relationship with music and percussion. Upon her return, Joselyn formed ADAAWE, 7 women of the voice and drum. With ADAAWE, Joselyn toured the U.S. and opened for such artists as James Brown, Mickey Hart and Spearhead.

Joselyn’s first defined herself as a solo artist with her 2005 debut record, “ShapeShifting”, which was met with strong reviews and radio airplay. After completing successful tours with her band Wild Roots, it was not long before Joselyn was in the studio once again developing the organic sound of her second full-length album, “Chance for Rain”.

A stellar band beautifully executes “Chance For Rain’s” intimate and passionate songs; including drummer James Gadson (Bill Withers), bassist Itai Disraeli (Lili Haydn) and horn man David Ralicke (Beck). They draw inspiration from the best singer-songwriters of the '70's, with a strong contemporary delivery. Joselyn is a dynamic live performer, connecting effortlessly with her audience with honest emotion in her sweet alto - an exceptional artist who has found her voice.

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