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Madison McFerrin brings multiplicity to her curation at BRIC JazzFest, and to her conversation on The Pulse

Mallory Talty

The BRIC JazzFest is back with a roster of artists running the jazz gamut. And for its seventh edition, singer-songwriter Madison McFerrin has taken on the coveted role of co-curator, applying her spirit of freedom to a fresh wave of programming.

The Pulse featuring Madison McFerrin

McFerrin has had the privilege of birthright, as the daughter of Bobby McFerrin, to explore the art form in ways that many can only dream of. But she understands that with that privilege comes responsibility.

During the pandemic, she took the opportunity to hone her production skills (with the guidance of a few friends and her brother, Taylor) and created a viral bop: “Guilty,” which has racked up more than 27,000 views in celebration of the George Floyd verdict. She has dedicated 50% of the proceeds from the song’s streaming revenue to her Mad Love fund, which she set up to bring joy and justice to communities impacted by police brutality.

Madison is also working on producing her debut album, which she plans to release in 2022. She will grace the BRIC JazzFest stage on the final day of the festival, this Saturday night.

GUILTY (Official Video)

BRIC JazzFest takes place Thursday through Saturday in downtown Brooklyn; tickets are sold out. For more information about Madison McFerrin, visit her website.

Check out The Pulse playlist on Spotify.

Keanna Faircloth is a Washington, DC native and comes to WBGO getting her start on-air at WPFW 89.3 FM in 2003, most recently as the host of Late Night Jazz: The Continuum Experience. She is a graduate of Howard University having majored in Music History with a minor in Classical Piano. Keanna has written for NPR Music, and worked for Radio One as an on-air personality, producer and voice-over talent. She is also the creator and host of Artimacy Podcast, where she has interviewed artists like Wynton Marsalis, Matthew Whitaker, Jonathan Butler, and Dionne Warwick. As a result, she was recognized by Radio Ink Magazine as a 2019 African American leader in radio.