Spirits Rising is the dynamic musical duo of singers and songwriters Alice Sun and Joe Reilly. Drawing on their Native American heritage (Powhatan and Cherokee respectively), their songs include traditional indigenous musical elements as well as notes of jazz, folk, blues, hip-hop, and rock. Spirits Rising shares music from the heart that inspires and uplifts.

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Alice Sun (Powhatan) is an inspiring and creative pianist, singer, and songwriter, born and raised in Metro Detroit. She has studied classical and jazz piano and enjoys playing and experimenting with a variety of genres. She performs with a Jazz Collective, as a solo artist, as well as with Spirits Rising. She released her debut album in October of 2014 “Peachy Keyn“. Her album crosses genres and draws inspiration from the diverse landscape of her life. She often describes her music as “a message written in notes and rhythms, it is a commentary of my life and my community; reminiscing on the past, feeling the present, and anticipating the future.”

Joe Reilly (Cherokee) is a singer, songwriter, and educator who writes songs from his heart. Joe’s songs are playful, clever, engaging, joyful, and always have something meaningful to say. The core of his message is an invitation to heal our relationships with our selves, with each other, and with the earth. Joe uses his music to bring people together and build community across lines of race, class, gender, ethnicity, religion, age, and nationality. Joe is Italian, Irish, and Native American (Cherokee) and was raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan in a creative household by musical parents who encouraged him to find his own voice. Joe loves to inspire others to do the same and to water seeds of compassion, joy, wisdom, and peace in our collective consciousness through the sharing of his music.

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