Raised between Ghana and Southern California, Moses Sumney is a singer, writer, and multidisciplinary storyteller. Since emerging in 2014 with a self-released cassette EP, Sumney has ridden waves of word-of-mouth praise, arresting visuals, and dynamic live performances alongside forebears like Sufjan Stevens, James Blake, and Solange. His 2017 debut album Aromanticism topped the end-of-year lists of tastemaker hubs like Bandcamp, the New York Times, NPR, and Pitchfork. It explored themes of solitude and lovelessness.
In 2019, Sumney received a SXSW special jury award for his music video work and was awarded a Macdowell Fellowship. In 2020, his first published essay, "Stateside Statelessness," appeared in Fight of the Century (Simon & Schuster), an immigration-centric anthology edited by Ayelet Waldman and Puliter-Prizer winner Michael Chabon.
Sumney's 2020 sophomore double album græ has received top marks from Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, and The Guardian, to name a few. Described as a "conceptual patchwork about greyness," it's his first work to be released since he relocated to North Carolina from Los Angeles.
In 2021, he premiered his feature-length performance film Blackalachia at the Perez Art Museum Miami during Art Basel. Directed by Sumney, the film and accompanying live album were recorded entirely outdoors in the Blue Ridge Mountains.