“We live in a world where art is more than something pretty to look at or listen to. Our words and the melodies can not only give you chills but they are also powerful enough to move people. To change people’s minds. To awaken people’s consciousness. To inspire and influence change. Since I was a young boy, I’ve been obsessed with the idea that my small voice can make such a large impact on our changing world, and I have made it my goal to constantly collaborate with other artists to bring joy, awareness, inclusion and quality. One song at a time.”
Joriah Kwamé is an upcoming writer and performer based in Kalamazoo, MI.
Joriah was brought up on music. The Grandson of Roosevelt Lee, a professional Gospel Singer, Joriah started singing when he was only three years old. As a result of the music that was the soundtrack for his childhood, Joriah began to admire classic R&B, Soul, and Jazz music. He has been composing since he was 11 years old. Earlier in life, Joriah wrote and produced commercial music, releasing an original album by the age of 13, entitled “Alive”. He performed this music throughout his younger years, performing with well-known artists such as Anthony Hamilton, The Dramatics, Lyfe Jennings, and Keith Sweat and more.
Joriah enjoys incorporating many different genres into his compositions and has made it a goal to be well versed in many popular styles of music. Aside from commercial music, Joriah has a deep passion for Musical Theater composition. His biggest inspirations in that regard are Stephen Sondheim, Lin Manuel Miranda, Jason Robert Brown, Jeanine Tesori and Jonathan Reid Gealt. In his high school years, Joriah wrote and produced his first full-length stage musicals: Underdog The Musical and Dream: A New Musical. Since then, he has gone on to write three more stage musicals, The Green, Sophia, Our Beloved and most recently, TAPES: A Song Cycle.
Joriah has also found a home onstage, and has been seen in many stage productions, portraying a diverse selection of roles ranging from Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web to Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. He has been seen performing at summer stock theaters as well as amusement parks and is a seasoned showman, known for his on-stage charisma and vocal acrobatics.
Joriah plans to move to New York City, where he can continue making art and more importantly, change.