Dreamer Isioma (they/he) is a 21-year-old, first generation Nigerian-American artist out of Chicago. Combining elements of afrobeats, alternative, indie, hip-hop, and R&B into a genre-bending sound that is tearing down genre confines and creating space for those who don’t fit into binaries. Dreamer has set out to create the representation they didn’t see growing up, as well as build belonging and community for others through their music. In the process, Dreamer has found their own healing and a deeper sense of self-love since debuting, going through a deep awakening and massive life transformation as they were catapulted into stardom.
The young phenomenon has solidified himself as one of today’s most exciting artists through their meteoric rise. Isioma has amassed 100 million career streams across catalog since debuting in 2020 and become a bonafide critical press darling, lauded by Rolling Stone, Complex, Billboard, Pigeons and Planes, Nylon, them., Wonderland, and many others. Additionally, Isioma recently wrapped their debut headlining US tour including explosive performances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Firefly, and others.
Chicago singer, songwriter, and guitarist Dreamer Isioma (they/he) has gifted us the elixir of brave authenticity and humble wonder with their debut album Goodnight Dreamer, and it's just the potion we needed. They embody defiance against conventionality, from gender identity to the fluidity of their musical craft. This project is funky, hypnotic, experimental, nothing you've ever heard before, and a stew of everything delicious.
What's most enticing about Goodnight Dreamer is that there's nothing stand-alone about it: it's a psychedelic, introspective trip with checkpoints, rest stops, and aha's, consistently bringing you back to the question: who am I standing in and is it honest?
From the raw, unapologetically black disco anthem "Huh?" to the raunchy, bottled angst "I'm So Done With You," no genre nor theme is left uncharted. There isn't a single soul that won't see themselves or where they're at emotionally mirrored back to them in this project.
Not only is this the album our refuge from an industry that spews out carbon copies of the most TikTok-able formulas possible, but Dreamer Isioma is the emblem us curious, queer misfits who hadn't felt permission to be heard needed. They're not trying to shrink themselves into a safe or rigid mold - they're creating a platform so expansive and formless that everyone can climb on.