Pierce Freelon is a GRAMMY® nominated musician, author, and educator from Durham, North Carolina. He is the founder of Galactic South, a boutique Children’s media company and the founder of Blackspace, an Afrofuturism digital maker space for youth. Pierce’s critically acclaimed children’s music has been featured on Today Show, NPR, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Now This, Parents Magazine, MSNBC with Reverend Al Sharpton and more. His album Black to the Future was nominated for Best Children’s Music Album at the 2022 GRAMMY® Awards, the same year his mother Nnenna Freelon’s album Time Traveler was nominated for Best Jazz Album — making Recording Academy history as the first mother and son to be nominated for golden gramophones in different fields at the same GRAMMY Awards. The mother-and-son will release a new children’s music album called AnceStars in 2023. Pierce has written two children's picture books with Little, Brown Cooks for Young Readers: Daddy-Daughter Day (2022) and Daddy and Me: Side by Side (2023). Freelon is a former Durham City Councilman, a husband and a father of two based in Durham, North Carolina.