Toshi Reagon

Live Wire: Artist. Activist.

Toshi Reagon

Live Wire: Artist. Activist.

Biography

Toshi Reagon, described as “a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music,” is a composer, producer, and founder and leader of her own ensemble Toshi Reagon and Big Lovely. Taking the stage at 17, singer-songwriter and guitarist Reagon moves audiences with her cross genre offerings of blues, rock, gospel, and incredible original songs. Collaboratively, Reagon and her mother Bernice Johnson Reagon have masterfully created three operas: The Temptation of St. Anthony; Zinnias: The Life of Clementine Hunter; and Parable of The Sower based on the novel by Octavia Butler. They also created the music scores for Africans in America on PBS and BEAH: A Black Woman Speaks for HBO. In 2011 Toshi created “WORD * ROCK * & SWORD: A Festival Celebration of Women’s Live- All Are Welcome.” WRS is an eight day festival that offers many platforms to dialogue about issues of concern for women.

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WOW sessions by Toshi Reagon