A fully illustrated middle-grade anthology celebrating Black women singers throughout history in a first-of-its-kind collection.
Winner of the 2022 JJA Jazz Awards for Book of Year about Jazz
From jazz and blues, hip hop and R&B, pop, punk, and opera, Black women have made major contributions to the history and formation of musical genres for more than a century. In this fully illustrated middle grade anthology, 50 strong, empowering, and inspiring Black women singers' bios will teach kids to follow their dreams, to think outside the box, and to push the boundaries of what's expected. Written by music writer and journalist Jordannah Elizabeth and illustrated by Briana Dengoue, She Raised Her Voice! will inspire readers to find their voice and their own way of expressing themselves.
About the Author
Jordannah Elizabeth is an author, music critic, editor, and lecturer. She is a columnist at New York Amsterdam News and her work has appeared in Ms. Magazine, ZORA, Village Voice, LA Weekly, NPR Music, and many other publications. She has lectured and received invitations as a guest journalist from Harvard University, Pratt Institute, Maryland Institute College of Art, Columbia University, and De Montfort University in Leicester, England. She is a Baltimore native and enjoys reading, travel and spending time with her close friends and family.
Briana Dengoue is a Philadelphia born and based illustrator and graphic designer. She obtained her BFA in Fine Arts from Maryland Institute and College of Art in 2017. When she's not busy creating art she can be found aggressively playing volleyball with a city league or having a good cry or hardy laugh to a movie marathon.
“The revelatory and uplifting narratives span many musical genres… and illuminate the profound impact Black women have made on social, political, and spiritual life through the power of their voices. A celebratory and informative homage to courageous and pioneering Black female vocalists.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Elizabeth’s offering of this female awareness is a certified effort in the ongoing struggle for female equality. This is the perfect holiday gift that will forever inspire aspirations.”—New York Amsterdam News
“This is a great reference book about women who have made their mark in the music industry. The pages are packed with interesting biographical information on these incredible women. Great artwork and interesting content make this a great addition for any library. A glossary of music terms is included at the end of the book. (Ages 8-12)”—The Midwest Book Review