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7 Q+As: Toshi Reagon

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Described by Vibe magazine as “one helluva rock’n’roller-coaster ride” and by Pop Matters as “a treasure waiting to be found,” Toshi Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music. Since first taking to the stage at age 17, this versatile singer-songwriter-guitarist has moved audiences of all kinds with her big-hearted, hold-nothing-back approach to rock, blues, R&B, country, folk, spirituals and funk. The New York Times described her blend as “…a love of mixing things up…[her] vocal style ranges from a dirty blues moan to a gospel shout to an ethereal croon.” Her live performances, in particular, aren’t just accessible; they’re irresistible. And Toshi Reagon loves her audiences. Leading her renowned band—BIGLovely, launched in 1996—she instantly connects, inspires and empowers.



1. What are you grateful for today?
Possibilities for greatness on top of the greatness I already experience.

2. Tell us about one of your friends and what you love about her.
Morley is my sister and she is honest about her love. She shows up for the good and rough without explanation.

3. Describe one of the best days of your life.
Been too many—I refuse to put one if front of the others.

4. What’s the best lesson you learned from your mother/grandmother?
Forgiveness from my mom. Never underestimate the physical gifts of your elders. My grandmother kicked my ass at kickball.

5. We’re all unique. What is your special gift?
I don’t like this question.

6. What could women be doing to make their community a better place?
I will just say for all humans, from where you are w/ what you know and have access too… You already have enough to have a positive impact on your community. So keep on living with kindness and good intention. Work on Greed. Listen to those who are different than you. Teach someone younger than you what you know so that when you leave the planet someone will know what you knew. Of course they will change it, but that’s ok.

7. What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

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