80's baby, 90's raised she couldn't help but be influenced by the power that is hip hop. You may find it odd that a celebrated corporate and community leader with a Master's degree in organizational development believes her real talents are in the arts.
Whether over a bass driven beat or performing spoken word poetry, her melodic voice coupled with a punchline every line delivery sets her a cut above the rest. She's won awards, she's recorded with Juicy J, she's been on every radio station and stage in her city. It doesn't matter if you are new to hearing Opal or a longtime friend or fan there is always something new to discover.
Opal was recently named one of Wisconsin's 51 most influential Black Leaders in 2020 by Madison 365 Media https://madison365.com/blackpower2020/
Over the the past few years Opal has become just as well known for her spoken word poetry as she has for her music. Releasing a full length studio spoken word album called "My Name Is Opal" in 2019, and regularly performing nationally since 2016.
The album has been streamed in over 30 countries certifying Opal as a Spotify Verified artist. You can stream the album on all major streaming platforms including Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, and more. The album is also available for purchase on iTunes and CD Baby.
Opal recently released the melodic single "Anti-Anxiety (Slow Down)" produced by DJ Pain 1, and classic hip hop style single "The 90's" which is a collaboration between her, Rob Dz, Remedy Born Muzik, and DJ VPS.
She released a spoken word/gospel soul song called "Imagine" on 4/30/2021. This is a collaboration with award winning songwriter, singer, and producer Chris Crain.
Opal recently debuted as a playwright for Forward Theater's Monologue Festival performing her monologue "Home of the BIPOC" in June of 2021.
Writing songs and poems since she was 15 and performing spoken word pieces since her college days at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, poetry has been a way for Opal to not only express herself but also work through her own thoughts and feelings as a form of art therapy. Since she knows many people can relate to this benefit of the spoken word she feels compelled to write and speak on certain subjects that touch her soul.
Her themes touch on all subjects from her own life and from the lives she has been blessed to observe. Her most touched on topic is social injustice of any form. The realities of American racial discrimination and the detriment of poverty world-wide are often explored and explained in ways that have double and triple meanings in her poems. She brings along with her the quick wordplay from being a hip-hop emcee and believes that spoken word is the same talent just in different form, she takes great joy in creating both. Opal writes for herself and also has created custom pieces for weddings, book releases, shows and corporate and charity events. She has the ability to create spoken word pieces for organizations that not only motivate and inspire employees and business partners but also delivers and reinforces brand, mission and values.
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