JOSETTE NEWSAM | she/she is a New York native who has performed solo and background on the Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, and Live with Kelly and Michael.  She has performed voice-overs for NBC Universal and has also performed lead, background vocals, and recordings with artists such as Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Toshi Reagon, Melba Moore, Lou Reed, Macy Gray, Angelique Kidjo, Nona Hend­ricks, Billy Bragg, Taina Asili, Norm Lewis, and the incomparable Ben E. King. Along with Toshi Reagon’s musical adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, Newsam has appeared in musicals such as Ain’t Misbehavin (Nell), Ragtime (Sarah), Gustave Flaubert’s The Temptation of St. Anthony (Chorus), and Zinnias” (Mama). She is currently a vocalist with Toshi Rea­gon’s BIG­Lovely.