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Raye Zaragoza at Saint Andrews Hall, 3 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2018

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Raye Zaragoza can sing about the "American Dream" from a potent perspective.

The singer-songwriter comes from mixed heritage, including the Native American O'odham tribe. She knows her way around a protest song, evidenced on her 2017 album "Fight For You" and this year's single "Driving to Standing Rock," about the Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrations at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation during 2016. But Zaragoza protests from a populist standpoint, making sure the human component isn't lost amidst the political machinations.

She likes to play live, too, and is currently on the road saying her piece with her good pals in the band Dispatch...

• Zaragoza, 25, says by phone that topical songs have interested her since she became interested in music. "There are plenty of songs we can look to when we're heartbroken or going through a breakup, but there's not that many songs for people to listen to when they're going through so many different issues that deal with politics. The most rewarding thing that happens to me is when young girls come up to me and hug me and say, 'Thank you' and that the songs inspire them and put words to how they're feeling."

• Like many of her peers, Zaragoza has been particularly charged in the wake of Donald Trump's presidential election and in particular his stances on immigration. "Being a young, brown girl who on one side of my family is immigrant (Mexican, Japanese and Taiwanese), the other indigenous, I can help out a voice and put words to the way so many people are feeling that doesn’t' often get represented and voiced in music, especially mainstream music. That's what I'm trying to do. We have all this energy. We want change. What can we do? I want my music to capture that energy and encourage people to apply it."

• Zaragoza is "almost finished" writing her second album. "Now we're looking for a production team, which is pretty exciting. It's really challenging but also super fun to be in the thick of writing an album while also in the thick of touring. That's how it goes now, but as long as I'm playing music I don't really mind."

Raye Zaragoza performs with Dispatch on Sunday, Dec. 2, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors at 7 p.m. $53. Call 313-961-8137 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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