singer & songwriter | Oakland, California
she sings. she sings with a band, she sings alone. she sings to heal, she sings to change. she sings for the people, she sings for herself. “it is a voice that i use to heal, to process the world we live in, to go beyond this reality.” and what a a voice it is. here, how (and why) Oakland singer / songwriter Lalin St Juste does it all.
“i live in Oakland, California with one of my closest friends, Deepa. i have lived here for the past two years, after living in El Cerrito. i love Oakland and being just a few minutes away from friends and events.”
“i am the lead singer of a band called The Seshen, as well as a solo singer / songwriter. i am passionate about Blackness, queerness, literature and nature, to name a few things.”
“i have always loved to sing as way to express myself. it is a voice that i use to heal, to process the world we live in, to go beyond this reality. being an artist allows me to incorporate the various components of my identity and create a sound outside of spoken language.”
“what drives me is the power of transformation and healing. what drives me is each possibility for change. what inspires me are those who came before me, such as my ancestors, and those who are here who are continually crafting a new paradigm, a new world. i’m inspired by those who allow their imagination to go beyond an already defined construct.”
“i hope to achieve the ability to connect and inspire and heal through my music. i want my music to serve the listener... in a variety of moods and emotional states.”
“performing on stage is special because i get to connect in a visceral way to the people inhabiting the space with me.”
“that striving for perfection is not the answer; showing your humanity is always the way to go.”
“i’m reading the Secrets of Voodoo and i love learning about Haitian culture, which is my heritage. i’m looking forward to singing for people again.”
“guitar, journal, keyboard.”
“travel points on credit card.”
“binge-watching RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
“i love myself.”
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