Interviewing and Photographing Raye Zaragoza


Raye Zaragoza

I have really been showcased as a protest song writer or as a political writer. I think that is great, because so many of the artists I have looked up to my whole life have also been pegged as political or protest song writers. Such as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez and I really look up to them. So while I do appreciate it and like it, it is definitly not all I have to offer.
— Raye Zaragoza

I sat down with Raye to talk about her music, philosophy, writing process and what she is looking to do in the future.  Raye's first album was released in April 2017 and was self produced.  Her album is a culmination of political expression stemming from causes or situations important to her with songs like "In the River and American Dream" but also shows a vulnerably emotional side with songs such as "Bushwick Avenue and Speedway"

Raye is not shy when talking about causes that are important to her and is someone that wants to do whatever she can to help.  Her unique vocal blend, talent for writing and passion has her seeing a growing fan-base that is not only dedicated but embraces her at each show.  Something about Raye you might not know, she is a goofball!  When I was sitting down with Raye it was refreshing to see an artist joke around, laugh and enjoy what she is doing.  As some people might see her as a serious voice for a cause (which she is as well) she is also a kind person with a big smile and contagious laugh.  Watch my part one interview with her down below.  Part two will be coming soon.  Raye is currently on tour with a few dates left on the schedule.  You can check out more at her website https://www.rayezaragoza.com/

Raye's album Fight for You is out now and available on her website! Click the picture!

Raye's album Fight for You is out now and available on her website! Click the picture!


I sat down and interviewed the very talenetd artists Raye Zaragoza during her tour stop in Raleigh NC. Raye has written some very impactful protest songs but she is more then just that. Her album was released in April of 2017 and is available for purchase.


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Picture was not taken by f2.8. 

Picture was not taken by f2.8. 

I was contacted by Raye Zaragoza’s team about interviewing and photographing her during her tour stop in Raleigh NC. I asked for some samples of her music and they sent the video for American Dream. I started listening to it and literally stopped what I was doing. It was not just beautifully written, it was expressing the feelings of millions but also creating an almost anthem like song for a generation. With the cultural and political climate, we as a country are currently in, her words and the way she is able to express it in musical form really does give a voice to the voiceless.
— Chris Sturk | f2.8 Lead Photographer & Editor

Raye Zaragoza

Raye Zaragoza is an award-winning singer-songwriter who carries an acoustic guitar and a message. Her quiet yet powerful song “In the River,” written in response to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, resonated strongly with listeners and went viral in late 2016, garnering half a million views on the video, national media coverage, and a Global Music Award and Honesty Oscar. 

Raye’s debut album, Fight For You (independent, 2017), displays her compassion, dedication to justice and equality for all, and keen eye for the seemingly small daily moments that become our most meaningful memories. About the record, Raye says, “This album is about finding yourself and finding your voice. It’s about maturing and realizing that you can make a difference if you so choose.”   Writing about social issues comes naturally to Raye. "As a woman of color in America, social issues are things you deal with and see every day of your life," she says. "I write about my experience and oftentimes my existence has been laced with injustice."

Raye performs her music all over the United States as well as across Europe, where she spent five weeks touring in summer 2017. Her music has been featured on Democracy Now! and on numerous lists of the best modern-day protest songs, including those by Paste Magazine, What Culture, and Overblown. She has also performed live sessions for Paste and Daytrotter.  At SXSW 2018, Raye spoke about her loyal fanbase and maintaining an independent career on a panel entitled "Serving the Sacred Bond" hosted by PledgeMusic. This summer, she will be joining Dispatch and Nahko and Medicine for the People on their Summer Tour, which includes dates at Red Rocks and two nights at Central Park Summerstage. 

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