Artist bio

Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectationsher rsum as a musician includes performances at Lollapalooza and Glastonbury, co-compositions for 100-voice choir, and multiple entries on the Billboard charts as a solo artist, as a member of the Doomtree hip hop collective, and as a contributor to the #1 album The Hamilton Mixtape, notching over 11 million streams for her track Congratulations". Shes written for The New York Times and National Geographic, presented a TED talk with more than 2 million views, and in 2018 published a memoir My Own Devices that tells the story of her life, career, and an ambitious plan to fall out of love. Her most recent record, Sound the Bells, was recorded live with the GRAMMY award winning Minnesota Orchestra. The LA Times says Dessa sounds like no one else. The Utne Reader calls her a one-woman powerhouse. On the stage and on the page, her style is defined by ferocity, wit, tenderness, and candor. You can find her online at @dessadarling on Twitter and Facebook, @dessa on Instagram, and at