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Moses Sumney

About this Artist

Born in California and raised between Ghana and Southern California, Moses Sumney is a singer, writer, and multidisciplinary storyteller. Since emerging in 2014 with a self-released cassette EP, Sumney has ridden waves of word-of-mouth praise, arresting visuals, and dynamic live performances alongside forebears like Sufjan Stevens, James Blake, and Solange. His 2017 debut album Aromanticism​ topped the end-of-year lists of tastemaker hubs like Bandcamp, the New York Times, NPR, and Pitchfork. It explored themes of solitude and lovelessness.

In 2019, Moses Sumney received a SXSW award for his music video work and was awarded a Macdowell Fellowship. In 2020, his first published essay, "Stateside Statelessness," appeared in Fight of the Century​ (Simon & Schuster), an immigration-centric anthology edited by Ayelet Waldman and Puliter-Prizer winner Michael Chabon.

Sumney's 2020 sophomore double album græ​ has received top marks from Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, and The Guardian, to name a few. Described as a "conceptual patchwork about greyness," it's his first work to be released since he relocated to North Carolina from Los Angeles.