Tulsa's Branjae Drops Powerful Single, "Street Light"
Last week (July 17th), throwback R&B, pop and soul infused songstress, Branjae, premiered her latest single, "Street Light" via Op-Ed on Afropunk. Speaking from her personal experience, "Street Light" was written to celebrate survivors of domestic abuse.
"Street Light" was birthed at that moment of remembering myself," says Branjae. "It came from the second I connected to my true nature again. It's obvious, I'm human, sometimes this means I choose to accept less than what I know I'm worth. I'm not sure why people do this, but instead of focusing on the victimization of my past experience, I chose to focus on how that experience brought out the empowered survivor and how it developed my sixth sense. I saw my increase and it gave me strength to walk away from another brutal interaction. Easily. I was charged with confidence, and a desire to share that energy with other women."
"Though I wanted to record a track that represented the celebratory aspects of my inner strength, I knew through personal history that for many, it's not that easy. Sometimes people simply don't realize their worth. Yet. Sometimes, it's too dangerous, and life is in the balance. If anybody in the world understands, it's me."
Branjae will be donating a portion of the proceeds of "Street Light" to Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DIVS) in her hometown of Tulsa.
Born in the city of Motown and rooted in the city of The Gap Band and Leon Russell, songwriter Branjae established herself as a full-bodied, triple entertainer. Singing, dancing, and acting her way into the hearts of concert audiences from Tulsa to Austin's SXSW, from Atlanta to Chicago, and across the sea to England, Branjae has developed a tailing of followers. She went on to earn awards from Absolute Best of Tulsa, five nominations for the We are Tulsa Music Awards, and recently gained recognition from Oklahoma Magazinefor being named as Oklahoma Best of 2018 alongside Hanson and The Flaming Lips.
Her voice has been likened to the rasp of Lauryn Hill, the alto register of India Arie, and the soul of Nina Simone, while her stage presence heavily influenced by the leg-work ofTina Turner, confidence of Michael Jackson, and the commanding presence of Freddie Mercury.