Award Winning Artist Tai Allen To Publish New Project 'No Jewels'
Tai Allen, an award-winning poet and soul singer, has toured the world bringing realness and authenticity to crowds who love it. Now, in an attempt to turn his revelatory vibes into a confessional meant to help those who have been hurt by love.
Tai’s debut collection of poetry, titled, No Jewels, uses poetry and songs to create a narrative around losing his innocence due to abuse and weaponized love. Along with its accompanying soundtrack, the project, published by Flowered Concrete, will be out for the masses on May 16. Coming through as a 20-poem chapbook, No Jewels reinterprets classic literary forms such as triolets and haiku to tell the story of a young man’s loss of innocence.
“There’s a lot of trauma in the world, in this story,” Allen explained in a released statement. “But, even in the midst of that, the collection is about finding yourself. You can emerge on the other side.” His first single, “The Drinking Song,” a tongue-in-cheek exploration of how to think and feel better after a good drink, is an intoxicating song that is worth replaying numerous times.
With that said, Tai Allen exhibits Herculean strength on No Jewels as he opens up as a black father telling a survivor story, which makes him and his effort a voice for the voiceless.
No Jewels will be available on all digital platforms on May 16, 2017. Pre-order here + listen to a first offering below.