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Rhiannon Giddens

Artist Bio

Singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she also plays banjo and fiddle. She began gaining recognition as a solo artist when she stole the show at the T Bone Burnett-produced “Another Day, Another Time” concert at New York City’s Town Hall in 2013. The elegant bearing, prodigious voice and fierce spirit that brought the audience to its feet that night is also abundantly evident on Giddens’ critically acclaimed solo debut, the Grammy-nominated album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, which masterfully blends American musical genres like gospel, jazz, blues and country, showcasing her extraordinary emotional range and dazzling vocal prowess.

Giddens’ follow-up album, Freedom Highway, was released in February 2017. It includes nine original songs Giddens wrote or co-wrote along with a traditional song and two civil rights-era songs, “Birmingham Sunday” and Staple Singers’ well-known “Freedom Highway,” from which the album takes its name.

Giddens has performed for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, appeared on The Late Show, Austin City Limits, Later…with Jools Holland, and both CBS Saturday and Sunday Morning, and dueted with country superstar Eric Church on his powerful anti-racism song “Kill a Word” (including performing the song on The Tonight Show and the CMA Awards, among other programs). In 2017, Giddens was awarded a Macarthur Genius Award and she has also received the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Singer of the Year and the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo. She has performed a recurring role on the television drama Nashville, playing the role of Hanna Lee “Hallie” Jordan, a young social worker with “the voice of an angel.”


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Tour Dates

Mar 04 2020
Michael Fowler Centre
Wellington, New Zealand
Mar 06 2020
Port Fairy Folk Festival
Victory Valley, Australia
Mar 07 2020
Adelaide, Australia
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Mar 11 2020
MONA Nolan Gallery
George Town, Australia
Mar 14 2020
Melbourne Recital Centre
Melbourne, Australia
Mar 15 2020
Blue Mountains Music Festival
Katoomba, Australia
Mar 17 2020
Willoughby, Australia
Mar 20 2020
The Blue Note Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan
Mar 21 2020
The Blue Note Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan
May 24 2020
College of Charleston Cistern Yard
Charleston, SC
Jul 10 2020
BluesCazorla Festival
Cazorla, Spain
Jul 24 2020
Vicar Street
Merchants Quay, Ireland
Aug 18 2020
Glimmerglass Festival
Cooperstown, NY
Sep 05 2020
Boarding House Park
Lowell, MA
Sep 06 2020
Rhythm and Roots Festival
Charlestown, RI
Oct 23 2020
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
New York, NY
Oct 23 2020
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
New York, NY
Nov 13 2020
Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts
Greensboro, NC
Nov 15 2020
Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts
Greensboro, NC
Jan 14 2021
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
New York, NY
Mar 12 2021
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
New York, NY
Apr 23 2021
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
New York, NY



Rhiannon Giddens will be a 2020-2021 season Perspectives Artist at Carnegie Hall.

Renowned songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and speaker Rhiannon Giddens curates a five-concert Perspectives series throughout Carnegie Hall’s 2020–2021 season. Ms. Giddens’s spectacular banjo and fiddle playing, passionate vocals, and perceptive songwriting are…

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there is no Other, the new album by Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi, is out today on Nonesuch.  Tracing the overlooked movement of sounds from Africa and the Arabic world and their influence…

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Our Native Daughters tackle “harrowing” tales of American racism on debut LP ‘Songs of Our Native Daughters,’ Out Today

Today, Our Native Daughters -- the collaboration of Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell and Amythyst Kiah -- deliver 'Songs of Our Native Daughters' via Smithsonian Folkways. This 13-track collection…

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