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Abby Dobson

Sonic Conceptual Artist, Activist & Scholar

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 Abby Dobson Biography

A Sonic Conceptualist Performing Artist and Composer, Activist and Scholar, Abby Dobson is Artist-in-Residence with the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) co-founded and led by noted legal scholar and activist, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw. Abby Dobson has performed at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Apollo Theater, Blue Note Jazz Club, Joe's Pub, Queens Museum, New Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Hammer Museum, S.O.B.’s, Park Avenue Armory and The Tonight Show.

Dobson’s sound is the alchemy of R&B/Soul, jazz, classic pop, classical, gospel, blues and folk, forging a gem that erases musical boundaries. Her debut CD, "Sleeping Beauty: You Are the One You Have Been Waiting On” was released to rave reviews. Featured on Talib Kweli’s album “Gravitas” on “State of Grace”, Dobson was nominated for a 2014 BET Hip Hop Award for Best Impact Song. Dobson has also lent backing vocals to artists ranging from John Legend to Talib Kweli. Accompanied by her band or acoustic ensemble, Dobson has opened concerts for Gregory Porter, Ledisi, Rahsaan Patterson, Floetry, Kindred, Eric Roberson and Leela James. Dobson performs with Burnt Sugar: The Arkestra Chamber, a 20-plus member ensemble known for improvisatory orchestral performances that combine all manner of vocal, instrumental and electronic music, led by founder and conductor Greg Tate. Dobson is also a member of the Resistance Revival Chorus (RRC), born out of the Women’s March. RRC’s debut album, "This Joy," is scheduled to be released in October 2020 on Righteous Babe records and will include Dobson's song #SayHerName, which was inspired by The African American Policy Forum’s #SayHerName campaign. Dobson also recently founded the Freedom Now Sonic Ensemble, an acapella vocal ensemble.

Dobson was a 2017 Create Change Fellow with The Laundromat Project and performs with Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter. Recently, Dobson was commissioned by The Laundromat Project in conjunction with Park Avenue Armory’s Symposium: Culture in a Changing America and launch of 100 Years | 100 Women, an initiative celebrating the 100 year anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S. Dobson is developing this commissioned work, a multi-media performance piece entitled “Sister Outsider: A Remembering and Declaration of These Self Evident Truths … We Be Black, We Be Woman, We Be Human”.

Dobson currently serves as President of the National Organization for Women-New York City Chapter (NOW-NYC) and is an Advisory Board Member of The Other Side, a theater-based global drama exchange program for girls. As a teaching artist, Dobson develops and/or facilitates arts-based workshops for victims of sex trafficking, activists, artists, and formerly incarcerated Black women and girls. Dobson is committed to shining her artistic light – having volunteered in service of countless programs, including Upward Bound, The Brotherhood SisterSol, Bronx Community College and The Lower Eastside Girl’s Club, to name a few.

Dobson received a Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor’s degree from Williams College in Political Science and History, before accepting her artists’ calling. Passionate about using music as a tool for empathy cultivation, Dobson creates music to inspire audiences to engage in action to promote transformative social change. Abby Dobson’s hope is to move and inspire you to feel deeply through the power of music. She credits her lived experiences as a performing, recording and touring artist with sparking a deep interest in scholarship that speaks to the experiences of Black female artists as culture workers and knowledge producers.

Currently a M.A. candidate in Political Science at the Graduate Center-CUNY, Dobson is an independent scholar whose research interests focus primarily on Black feminist political thought and praxis; the connection between art and politics; and the intersections of race, gender and class in the imagination, consumption, production, promotion and distribution of music and the impact of those intersections on citizenship. Dobson’s essay “From Baldwin to Beyoncé: Exploring the Responsibility of the Artist in Society--- Re-envisioning the Black Female Sonic Artist as Citizen” appears in African American Arts: Activism, Aesthetics, and Futurity (The Griot Project Book Series), published by Rutgers University Press in December 2019. Abby Dobson is also currently working on “Sister Outsider: A (Re)membering,” an album slated for release in September 2021.

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Abby Dobson Biography

A Sonic Conceptualist Performing Artist and Composer, Activist and Scholar, Abby Dobson is Artist-in-Residence with the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) co-founded and led by noted legal scholar and activist, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw. Abby Dobson has performed at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Apollo Theater, Blue Note Jazz Club, Joe's Pub, Queens Museum, New Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Hammer Museum, S.O.B.’s, Park Avenue Armory and The Tonight Show.

Dobson’s sound is the alchemy of R&B/Soul, jazz, classic pop, classical, gospel, blues and folk, forging a gem that erases musical boundaries. Her debut CD, "Sleeping Beauty: You Are the One You Have Been Waiting On” was released to rave reviews. Featured on Talib Kweli’s album “Gravitas” on “State of Grace”, Dobson was nominated for a 2014 BET Hip Hop Award for Best Impact Song. Dobson has also lent backing vocals to artists ranging from John Legend to Talib Kweli. Accompanied by her band or acoustic ensemble, Dobson has opened concerts for Gregory Porter, Ledisi, Rahsaan Patterson, Floetry, Kindred, Eric Roberson and Leela James. Dobson performs with Burnt Sugar: The Arkestra Chamber, a 20-plus member ensemble known for improvisatory orchestral performances that combine all manner of vocal, instrumental and electronic music, led by founder and conductor Greg Tate. Dobson is also a member of the Resistance Revival Chorus (RRC), born out of the Women’s March. RRC’s debut album, "This Joy," is scheduled to be released in October 2020 on Righteous Babe records and will include Dobson's song #SayHerName, which was inspired by The African American Policy Forum’s #SayHerName campaign. Dobson also recently founded the Freedom Now Sonic Ensemble, an acapella vocal ensemble.

Dobson was a 2017 Create Change Fellow with The Laundromat Project and performs with Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter. Recently, Dobson was commissioned by The Laundromat Project in conjunction with Park Avenue Armory’s Symposium: Culture in a Changing America and launch of 100 Years | 100 Women, an initiative celebrating the 100 year anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S. Dobson is developing this commissioned work, a multi-media performance piece entitled “Sister Outsider: A Remembering and Declaration of These Self Evident Truths … We Be Black, We Be Woman, We Be Human”.

Dobson currently serves as President of the National Organization for Women-New York City Chapter (NOW-NYC) and is an Advisory Board Member of The Other Side, a theater-based global drama exchange program for girls. As a teaching artist, Dobson develops and/or facilitates arts-based workshops for victims of sex trafficking, activists, artists, and formerly incarcerated Black women and girls. Dobson is committed to shining her artistic light – having volunteered in service of countless programs, including Upward Bound, The Brotherhood SisterSol, Bronx Community College and The Lower Eastside Girl’s Club, to name a few.

Dobson received a Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor’s degree from Williams College in Political Science and History, before accepting her artists’ calling. Passionate about using music as a tool for empathy cultivation, Dobson creates music to inspire audiences to engage in action to promote transformative social change. Abby Dobson’s hope is to move and inspire you to feel deeply through the power of music. She credits her lived experiences as a performing, recording and touring artist with sparking a deep interest in scholarship that speaks to the experiences of Black female artists as culture workers and knowledge producers.

Currently a M.A. candidate in Political Science at the Graduate Center-CUNY, Dobson is an independent scholar whose research interests focus primarily on Black feminist political thought and praxis; the connection between art and politics; and the intersections of race, gender and class in the imagination, consumption, production, promotion and distribution of music and the impact of those intersections on citizenship. Dobson’s essay “From Baldwin to Beyoncé: Exploring the Responsibility of the Artist in Society--- Re-envisioning the Black Female Sonic Artist as Citizen” appears in African American Arts: Activism, Aesthetics, and Futurity (The Griot Project Book Series), published by Rutgers University Press in December 2019. Abby Dobson is also currently working on “Sister Outsider: A (Re)membering,” an album slated for release in September 2021.

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  • How to book Abby Dobson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Abby Dobson for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Abby Dobson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Abby Dobson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Abby Dobson?

    Booking fees for Abby Dobson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Abby Dobson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Abby Dobson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Abby Dobson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Abby Dobson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Abby Dobson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Abby Dobson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Abby Dobson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Abby Dobson for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Abby Dobson generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Tamika D. Mallory, Gabes Torres, Kim Katrin Milan, Kimberlé Crenshaw and Myisha T. Hill. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Abby Dobson for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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