Joy Oladokun has unveiled a deluxe edition of her acclaimed album, Proof of Life. The project is out now via Amigo Records/Verve Forecast/Republic Records.
Alongside the album’s thirteen original tracks, the extended edition also features new songs “Black Car” and “Wild Enough,” as well as alternative versions of album tracks “Sweet Symphony” featuring Chris Stapleton, “Somehow,” and “Keeping the Light On,” among others.
With production by Oladokun, Mike Elizondo, Ian Fitchuk, Dan Wilson, and Alysa Vanderhym, Proof of Life captures the human experience with a profound simplicity and features collaborations with Stapleton, Noah Kahan, Manchester Orchestra, Mt. Joy, and Maxo Kream.
Oladokun has continued to receive widespread notice since the release, speaking with The New York Times and performing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and CMT’s “Campfire Sessions” series. The record was also recently selected as the Nashville Scene’s “Album of the Year,” calling it “cohesive and beautiful.”
In celebration of the music, Oladokun is in the midst of her extensive “Living Proof” headlining tour, which includes upcoming stops at Dallas’ Kessler Theater, Austin’s Scoot Inn, Los Angeles’ The Belasco, Seattle’s The Showbox, and San Francisco’s The Fillmore—among many others.
Proof of Life adds to a series of breakout years for Oladokun, a proud queer Black person and daughter of Nigerian immigrants. Her breakthrough major label debut, in defense of my own happiness, landed on numerous “Best of 2021” lists including at Billboard, Variety, American Songwriter, The Tennessean, Nashville Scene, The Bitter Southerner, and NPR Music, who praised, “She has a remarkable ability to distill how forces at work in the world…she can make even social and political protest feel like an intimate, warmly human act.”
Moreover, Oladokun performed at the White House as part of the Respect for Marriage Act signing ceremony and has also performed on a number of television programs.