Joselyn & Don
Los Angeles, CA

2 members (vocal, guitar, ukulele, foot percussion). Option to add 1-3 musicians (guitar, violin, background vocal, drums)

Modern, Acoustic Folk
Festivals, Special Events, Music for a Cause, Opening Act

Residency and Outreach Activities Available
(Songwriting workshop)

ABOUT

Joselyn Wilkinson and Don Barrozo, both Montana natives, met in Los Angeles in the early 2000’s while jamming in the Venice arts community, and soon learned they were soulmates. After years of performing in separate projects and raising a family, they found a new musical identity working together.

Joselyn & Don explore the crossroads of modern folk and soul through evocative songs planted firmly in American roots. Their debut album, “Soar,” takes the listener on an emotional journey through innocence lost to wisdom, and dreams deferred for something better. Joselyn’s soulful voice recalls both Laura Nyro’s soaring tones and Emmylou Harris’ country folk, while Don’s guitars play duet partner, at turns embodying outlaw twang, plaintive blues, and muscular rock. The music of “Soar” is essentially an acoustic duo, enhanced with lush textural layers and unexpected instrumentation, bringing to mind the fluid genre-hopping of artists like Yola and Michael Kiwanuka.

Joselyn is the founder of women’s global fusion band, ADAAWE, a festival favorite, with whom she plays percussion and sings. They have supported artists like Michael Franti and Ladysmith Black Mambazo and toured the U.S. numerous times. She previously released two albums of original music and toured throughout Southern California. Don, a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, also serves as film editor for long-running animated series, “The Simpsons.”

Joselyn & Don’s intimate live arrangements feature fingerpicked guitar, tenor ukulele and percussion, allowing Joselyn's voice to shine through with strength and vulnerability. The duo has performed live at regional events and venues with a warm and engaging show and opened for artists including Willie Watson and the Living Sisters. In 2020, they pivoted to performing high quality livestream shows from their home studio, which allowed them to continue creating community and supporting social and environmental causes. Keep up with them for music, videos and upcoming livestream shows.

PRESS

SoarPraise for Joselyn & Don's debut album Soar

Their debut album, Soar, finds [Joselyn & Don] exploring country roots, folk, and American soul. Joselyn's sultry vocals lock you in from the very first track.
- Americana Rhythm Music Magazine

The production on the ten tracks is crystal clear and highlights the beautiful vocal of Joselyn as she displays gentle restraint and powerful delivery...A love of nature and keeping life in balance runs through these songs...
- Lonesome Highway Magazine

That sensitivity to the environment informs “Storm” and other songs on “Soar,” just as their rhythmic buoyancy tinges them with hope.
- The Argonaut

 

 

 

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