Joy Oladokun debuts new performance video for "Changes"

Article Contributed by Sacks and Company | Published on Friday, September 8, 2023

A new performance video for acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician Joy Oladokun’s song, “Changes,” is debuting today. Watch/share the video HERE.

“Changes” is from Oladokun’s new album, Proof of Life, which was released earlier this spring to overwhelming acclaim via Amigo Records/Verve Forecast/Republic Records (stream/purchase here). In celebration of the new music, Oladokun performed on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” earlier this summer and spoke with The New York Times, who proclaims, “the singer-songwriter with Springsteen aspirations wants to make music for everyone. Her new album, Proof of Life, pushes her one step closer,” and continues, “her songs are conversational and confessional, and her hooky but profound melodies turn her lyrics into mantras.”

One of music’s most unique and vulnerable voices, Oladokun will kick off her extensive “Living Proof” headline tour this weekend, which includes shows at New York’s Irving Plaza, Denver’s Summit Music Hall, St. Louis’ Delmar Hall, Asheville’s The Orange Peel, Charlotte’s The Underground, Washington DC’s The Howard, Philadelphia’s Union Transfer and Boston’s Roadrunner among many others. See below for complete tour itinerary. Full details can be found at

With production by Oladokun, Mike Elizondo, Ian Fitchuk, Dan Wilson and Alysa Vanderhym, Proof of Life captures the human experience with a profound simplicity. Across these thirteen tracks—including collaborations with Chris Stapleton, Noah Kahan, Manchester Orchestra, Mt. Joy and Maxo Kream—Oladokun celebrates the little details and simple pleasures of being alive, while also giving voice to some of life’s most complex experiences in a way only she can.

Further adding to her breakout career, Oladokun’s song, “i see america,” was recently selected as a finalist for the Recording Academy’s new Special Merit Award, Best Song for Social Change, an accolade honoring music that addresses current social issues while inspiring positive global impact.

Proof of Life adds to a series of breakout years for Oladokun, a proud queer Black person and daughter of Nigerian immigrants. Her breakthrough major label debut, in defense of my own happiness, landed on numerous “Best of 2021” lists including at Billboard, Variety, American Songwriter, The Tennessean, Nashville Scene, The Bitter Southerner and NPR Music, who praised, “She has a remarkable ability to distill how forces at work in the world…she can make even social and political protest feel like an intimate, warmly human act.”

Moreover, Oladokun recently performed at the White House as part of the Respect for Marriage Act signing ceremony and has also performed on “CBS Saturday Morning,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “TODAY,” PBS’ “Austin City Limits and NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk (Home) Concert” series. Oladokun’s music has also been included in Loudmouth, the recent Al Sharpton documentary, CBS’ “CSI: Vegas,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC’s “Station 19,” NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and HBO’s “And Just Like That” among many others.

Widely respected by her peers, Oladokun has collaborated with artists such as Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Jason Isbell, Lucie Silvas and Noah Kahan and has joined Morris, Isbell, My Morning Jacket, Pink Sweat$, Leon Bridges and Manchester Orchestra on the road. She’s also performed at several major festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Hangout, Ohana Festival and Newport Folk Festival.

1. Keeping The Light On
2. Changes
3. Taking Things for Granted
4. Somebody Like Me
5. Friends feat. Mt. Joy
6. You At The Table feat. Manchester Orchestra
7. Sweet Symphony feat. Chris Stapleton
8. Trying
9. Pride
10. Revolution feat. Maxo Kream
11. The Hard Way
12. We’re All Gonna Die feat. Noah Kahan
13. Somehow


September 8—Park City, UT—Park City Song Summit
September 9—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre* (SOLD OUT)
September 10—Denver, CO—Summit Music Hall+
September 12—Kansas City, MO—The Truman+
September 13—St. Louis, MO—Delmar Hall+
September 14—Chicago, IL—Thalia Hall+
September 15—Louisville, KY—Bourbon & Beyond Festival
September 17—Atlanta, GA—Music Midtown
September 19—Asheville, NC—The Orange Peel+
September 20—Carrboro, NC—Cat’s Cradle+
September 22—Charlotte, NC—The Underground+
September 23—Charlottesville, VA—Jefferson Theater+
September 24—Washington, DC—The Howard+
September 26—Columbus, OH—Newport Music Hall#
September 27—Detroit, MI—El Club#
September 28—Toronto, ON—The Phoenix#
September 30—Bridgeport, CT—Sound on Sound Music Festival
October 1—Philadelphia, PA—Union Transfer#
October 2—New York, NY—Irving Plaza# (SOLD OUT)
October 4—Boston, MA—Roadrunner#
October 5—Portland, ME—State Theatre#
November 4—Dallas, TX—The Kessler Theater^
November 5—Austin, TX—Scoot Inn^
November 7—Santa Fe, NM—Meow Wolf^
November 9—Solana Beach, CA—Belly Up^
November 10—Los Angeles, CA—The Belasco^
November 11—Healdsburg, CA—Little Saint^
November 14—Portland, OR—McMenamins Crystal Ballroom~
November 15—Seattle, WA—The Showbox~
November 16—Eugene, OR—WOW Hall~
November 18—Felton, CA—Felton Music Hall~
November 19—San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore~
*supporting Brandi Carlile
+with special guest Becca Mancari
#with special guest Jensen McRae
^with special guest NNAMDÏ
~with special guest Izzy Heltai