Jazzmeia Horn wants to Embolden Her Listeners

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Monday July 29, 2019

From Texas Monthly

On Her New Album, Jazzmeia Horn Wants to Embolden Listeners to ‘Do Something About It”

“Jazzmeia Horn’s preternatural musical talents emerged early on in her hometown of Dallas, first in her grandfather’s Southern Baptist choir and later at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Horn, 28, has since grown into one of contemporary jazz’s young icons, thanks to her inimitable vocal approach and command of generational techniques.

After graduating from The New School’s renowned Jazz and Contemporary Music program, Horn delved into New York City’s jazz scene, performing at the likes of the Apollo. In 2015, she won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, the genre’s elite tournament aimed at finding the next generation of jazz experts. Two years later, she released her debut album, A Social Call, which earned her a Grammy nomination.

Horn released her second album, Love and Liberation, on Friday. It’s a meld of original compositions rooted in community and lived experiences. The standout cover ‘Green Eyes’ is an ode to her fellow Dallas sister Erykah Badu, and ‘No More’ is Horn’s testimonial about embracing her beauty as a Black woman. ‘I remember every time I would walk out of my house in Texas when I was a little girl to catch the bus to school, and my mom or grandmother would have to walk me to the bus stop to make sure the white children didn’t pick on me,’ she’s said of the song. ‘The buses were segregated’“I had a hard time with that growing up and finally being able to look in the mirror and tell myself that I’m beautiful.’ “

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