Arnaé Batson


Arnaé Batson is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and song leader who uses music to create spiritual pathways for health and wholeness while advocating for progressive social change. Her dedication to racial and environmental justice is an extension of her work with the internationally acclaimed ensemble, Sweet Honey In The Rock.

Arnaé currently serves as artistic director for the Hearts Afire Community Choir and the Voices Raised LA Vocal Collective, two grassroots acapella groups based in Los Angeles. She also contributes original compositions to the Art/Theomusicology Working Group of the California Poor People’s Campaign. Over the past year, Arnaé has expanded her reach into worldwide audiences through numerous online vocal workshops.  

Recent projects also include a collection of virtual choir videos of original songs Arnaé composed to address and mitigate the impact of a number of current crises: the COVID-19 pandemic, the spring/summer protests for racial equity, the US presidential election, and the insurrection at the US Capitol. Arnaé firmly believes that leading people in song can reawaken joy, build true connections, and provide the musical salve necessary for the healing of personal and social wounds for all who are willing.

The SSING Network is Arnaé’s 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that empowers her passion for “Sharing Songs & Inspiring Neighborhood Gatherings” throughout the global community of singing enthusiasts.

Events with Arnaé Batson

1st Annual Ojai Songfest | Harmony, Joy, and Healing Through Song
April 19 - 21, 2024

1st Annual Ojai Songfest | Harmony, Joy, and Healing Through Song  With Maggie Wheeler and Friends Arnaé Batson Melanie DeMore Debbie Nargi-Brown Ahlay Blakely with Meredith Scott Lynn on drums When:  Friday, April 19 5:00pm–9:00pm   Saturday, April 20 8:30am–9:30pm  Sunday, April 21  8:30am–5:00pm Program Description Topa Institute is thrilled to host our inaugural Ojai Songfest this spring! Led by an incredible team of song leaders hailing from across the West Coast—including Los Angeles, Oakland, Santa Cruz, and Seattle—this three-day retreat is for experienced and beginner singers alike.  Over the last year Topa has presented several daylong song circles and received…