756: Be Proud Of Who You Are With Raye Zaragoza

Raye Zaragoza (pronounced ray zay-rah-GO-zah) is an award-winning singer/songwriter who carries an acoustic guitar and a Be Proud Of Who You Are With Raye Zaragozamessage. Her quiet yet powerful song “In the River,” written in response to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, garnered half a million video views, national media coverage, and a Global Music Award and Honesty Oscar. Her forthcoming sophomore LP recorded with Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, First Aid Kit) will be released in 2020.  Raye’s debut album, Fight For You (independent, 2017), displays her compassion, dedication to justice and equality for all, and keen eye for the seemingly small daily moments that become our most meaningful memories.  Raye performs her music all over the United States and Europe. Her music has been featured on Billboard, Popmatters, Earmilk, Democracy Now! and on numerous lists of the best modern-day protest songs, including those by Paste Magazine, What Culture, and Overblown. She has also performed live sessions for Paste, Daytrotter, and FNX.

Raye shares how she used to be ashamed of herself for being mixed race but when she started seeing other women of color stepping up and owning their true selves, Raye became inspired to do the same and is proud of who she is.


Raye Zaragoza is a singer/songwriter.

Cultural Background

Raye is of Taiwanese, Japanese, Mexican and Native Indian descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

What you are doing is so much cooler that what everyone else is doing because it’s happening to you.

What you are doing is so much cooler that what everyone else is doing because it’s happening to you.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self confidence is embracing your quirks and being unique.  It’s also being authentic and live fearlessly.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Raye learned to confront jealousy and competitiveness.  IShe used to have debilitating nights of jealousy and she was not comfortable in her own skin.  She felt insecure and ashamed because she was a woman of color.

The “AHA” Moment

Raye turned her jealousy into something productive.  She saw other women of color embrace their true selves in an outward way and was proud of it.  Raye wanted to be proud of who she is.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Raye’s life is awesome.  She is grateful to inspire others like her and she speaks her truth.  She has the light within her.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

Be very patient with yourself.  The first step to change is acceptance.

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