daje morris

hey, it's so good to meet you.

My name is Daje Morris. I'm a writer, photographer, and singer-songwriter currently based in Knoxville, TN. You'll often find me toeing the lines between introversion, extroversion, and shamelessness. My creative process centers in the work of exposing beauty in all of it's messy and inarticulate forms.

about my poetry + music.

As a performance poet and singer-songwriter, I've had the joy of sharing collaborative space with some of the most creative people I've ever met including, David Platillero (David Francisco), Joey Jennings, Brandon Fehderau. Adeem the Artist, and Christopher Barrett Riley. I've gotten to share in spaces such as Rhythm 'n' Blooms Festival (2017), Dogwood Arts Festival(2017), Big Ears Festival Poetry Expo (2017 and 2018), International Biscuit Festival with Americana Music Awards Nominee, Aaron Lee Tasjan (2017),Poetry vs. Hip Hop Worldwide, Knoxville Edition (winning team, 2017), Kuumba African Arts Festival (2017), and Writing Sessions America Atlanta (2016, 2017). I have also had the sweet opportunity play live music on several occasions with the radio stations, WUTK and WDVX.

Over time, my music has evolved from the timid, yet tenacious melodies found in my first EP, the Bloom Project (2016), to the soulful and fully present sounds found in my new spoken word single, Blackbird, releasing in the Summer of 2018. My genre may be described as folk artist meets soulful, alternative RnB, and jazz colorings. My sound and stage presence has been influenced by the works of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Lianna La Havas, Corinne Bailey Rae, Moses Sumney, and Daniel Caesar. My music can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, and Google Play.

As a poet, I perform with a collective of performance poets called the 5th Woman. We write, teach, and speak on the souls of women and their diverse expressions in culture (2016 - 2017). I also work alongside the 5th Woman as the Creative Director, Event Coordinator, writer, contributor and a mentor to fellowship recipients. In 2017, I published my first collection of poems, On Becoming Gold, in digital and print formats. I am so thankful to say that all physical copies of On Becoming Gold were sold out completely within four months of publications and am currently processing the production of more. My poetic influences include Nayyirah Waheed, Mary Oliver, Marilyn Kallet, Yrsa Daley-Ward and Donte Collins.

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