Joy Oladokun confirms first nationwide headline tour

Article Contributed by Sacks and Company | Published on Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Breakthrough singer, songwriter and musician Joy Oladokun will embark on her first ever headline tour next spring with newly confirmed shows at Austin’s Antone’s, Dallas’ Club Dada, Los Angeles’ Troubadour, San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, Seattle’s Neumos, Denver’s Marquis Theater, Minneapolis’ Fine Line, Chicago’s Lincoln Hall, New York’s Bowery Ballroom, Washington, DC’s Union Stage, Atlanta’s Terminal West and Nashville’s The Basement East among several others. See below for complete itinerary. Tickets for the tour go on-sale this Friday, October 15 at 10:00am local time, full details can be found at

The headline dates add to a landmark year for Oladokun, who released her major label debut album, in defense of my own happiness, this past summer via Amigo Records/Verve Forecast/Republic Records. Moreover, Oladokun recently released a special deluxe edition, in defense of my own happiness (complete), which includes all 14 tracks from her major label debut, ten additional songs from her self-released 2020 record, in defense of my own happiness (the beginnings), and one new track, “judas.” In celebration of the new music, Oladokun will perform on “CBS Saturday Morning” this week as part of their “Saturday Sessions” series.

With in defense of my own happiness, Oladokun is forging her own path, sharing the unique perspective she’s gained from living in today’s world as a black, queer woman and first-generation child of Nigerian immigrants. Born in Arizona and now living in Nashville, her musical exploration began at age ten when she was inspired to learn guitar after seeing a video of Tracy Chapman—the first time she’d ever seen a black woman play the instrument.

Recently named one of the “Best Albums of 2021 So Far” by Rolling Stone and Variety, and one of Billboard’s “Best Albums by LGBTQ Artists of 2021 So Far,” in defense of my own happiness features special collaborations with Maren Morris, Jensen McRae and Penny & Sparrow and continues to receive widespread critical praise.

1. jordan
2. smoke
3. if you got a problem
4. i see america
5. heaven from here (feat. Penny & Sparrow)
6. younger days
7. sunday
8. bad blood
9. lost
10. who do i turn to?
11. sorry isn’t good enough
12. taking the heat
13. someone that i used to be
14. brick by brick
15. unwelcoming
16. Bigger Man (feat. Maren Morris)
17. mercy (feat. Tim Gent)
18. let it be me
19. judas
20. mighty die young
21. breathe again
22. too high
23. look up
24. wish you the best (feat. Jensen McRae)

on-sale this Friday, October 15 at 10:00am local time

October 23—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium*
October 24—Atlanta, GA—Shaky Knees Music Festival
October 28—Grand Rapids, MI—CFAC Auditorium at Calvin University
November 5—San Diego, CA—House of Blues+
November 6—Los Angeles, CA—The Novo+
November 7—San Francisco, CA—The Regency Ballroom+
November 9—Portland, OR—Roseland Theater+
November 10—Vancouver, Canada—Commodore Ballroom+
November 11—Seattle, WA—The Showbox+
April 7—Austin, TX—Antone’s Nightclub#
April 8—Dallas, TX—Club Dada#
April 10—Phoenix, AZ—The Crescent Ballroom#
April 11—Los Angeles, CA—Troubadour#
April 13—San Francisco, CA—Great American Music Hall#
April 15—Portland, OR—Doug Fir Lounge#
April 16—Seattle, WA—Neumos#
April 19—Salt Lake City, UT—Soundwell#
April 20—Denver, CO—Marquis Theater#
April 22—Kansas City, MO—recordBar#
April 23—Davenport, IA—The Raccoon Motel#
April 24—Minneapolis, MN—Fine Line#
April 26—Madison, WI—Majestic Theatre#
April 27—Chicago, IL—Lincoln Hall#
April 29—Toronto, ON—Horseshow Tavern#
May 1—Cambridge, MA—The Sinclair#
May 2—New York, NY—Bowery Ballroom#
May 5—Holyoke, MA—Gateway City Arts#
May 6—Ardmore, PA—Ardmore Music Hall#
May 7—Pittsburgh, PA—Thunderbird Music Hall#
May 9—Washington, DC—Union Stage#
May 10—Durham, NC—Motorco Music Hall#
May 11—Asheville, NC—The Grey Eagle#
May 13—Atlanta, GA—Terminal West#
May 14—Nashville, TN—The Basement East#

*with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
+with Pink Sweat$
#with special guest Bre Kennedy