SSF 2017 FEATURED VOCALIST CRYS ALEXANDRA

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Raised in Miami with strong Jamaican roots, Crys Alexandra weaves reverence for family and tradition into soaring melodies with soulful hooks. Her music layers R&B grooves over house rhythms, with nods to reggae and soca.

After finding her musical voice at 25, Crys has used her fiery storytelling to express her free spirit. Her passion for justice and women’s issues bleeds into her stories of love and heartbreak. She challenges others (and herself) to go beyond one’s limits and find empowerment outside of one’s comfort zone.

Crys Alexandra has been a featured artist at the 2012 Spoken Soul Festival. Her long-awaited first EP rings themes of heartbreak, perseverance, and growth.”

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Whether she's hosting a spoken word event, music festival, or playing the role of a santera or vixen, Deborah Magdalena makes every emotion super real. This performance artist has acquired impressive TV & Film credits for the past twenty years including Sesame Street (CTW), Apollo Comedy Hour (Tribune Entertainment), Safe Harbor (Warner Brothers), Striptease (Castle Rock), Holyman (Caravan), and For Love or Country (HBO). As a published spoken word artist Deborah has released three CDs, a chapbook, and the spoken word musical FUNKdalena. As an artist-activist she’s the founder of Spoken Soul Festival, a twelve year old, three-day festival that helps women artists go from novice to professionals. As an educator Deborah for the past eight years has led in-school presentations in numerous high schools for the National YoungArts Foundation, is the co-founder of Piano Slam, and led various workshops for local art organizations like Miami Light Project and Institute of Contemporary Art Miami. Most recently and for the seventh year in a row, she was invited by the Arsht Center and Ailey Arts & Education Foundation to serve as the Creative Communication instructor for Ailey Camp Miami.

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