expectations. Her albums include rap bangers; a cappella arrangements; and big, catchy pop
hooks. Her written work has been published in the New York Times, National Geographic
Traveler, and in literary journals around the country. She’s contributed a track to Lin-Manuel
Miranda’s gold record The Hamilton Mixtape and delivered a TED talk titled “Can We
Choose to Fall out Love?” that’s notched more than 4 million views. On the stage and on the
page, Dessa’s work embodies ferocity, wit, tenderness, and candor.
Lady Midnight is a vocalist and performance artist who draws upon her multidisciplinary background and Afro-indigenous roots to create work that reflects our collective lives. The City Pages named Lady Midnight Best Twin Cities Vocalist and named her highly anticipated debut album Death Before Mourning Best Album of 2020. She has performed across the country, sharing stages with legendary acts like Common, Moby, Andra Day, and Aloe Blacc. As a film composer, she has been commissioned by the Walker Arts Center and artist Kara Walker.
Lady Midnight holds space for Black, Indigenous, people of color, refugee, and immigrant youth within her creative community residencies and projects like NDN Collective, indigenous students on the Red Lake reservation, refugee and immigrant girls and non-binary students participating in Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership in partnership with Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment, and Kulture Klub Collaborative (a non-profit for youth experiencing homelessness). She has dedicated her life to empowering youth, using her art to inspire change and heal collective trauma.