Rhiannon Giddens

Agent: Chris Colbourn
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Recipient of a 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant

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 9 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’ recent televised performances include The Late Show, Austin City Limits, Later…with Jools Holland,and both CBS Saturdayand Sunday Morning, among numerous other notable media appearances. She performed for President Obama and the First Lady on a White House Tribute to Gospel, along with Aretha Franklin and Emmylou Harris; the program was televised on PBS. Giddens duets with country superstar Eric Church on his powerful anti-racism song “Kill a Word”, which is currently top 15 on country radio; the two have performed the song on The Tonight Show and the CMA Awards, among other programs. Giddens received the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Singer of the Year and has won the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo in 2016.

Giddens, who studied opera at Oberlin, makes her acting debut with a recurring role on the recently revived television drama Nashville, which debuts on CMT in January, playing the role of Hanna Lee “Hallie” Jordan, a young social worker with “the voice of an angel.

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Rhiannon Giddens on Tour:

Date City Location Venue

Fri, 8 Jun 2018

Richmond

VA

Friday Cheers Series

Sun, 10 Jun 2018

Burlington

VT

Discover Jazz Festival

Tue, 12 Jun 2018

Fall River

MA

Narrows Center for the Arts

Wed, 13 Jun 2018

Kennett Square

PA

Byham Theatre

Fri, 15 Jun 2018

Lowell

MA

Lowell Summer Music Series

Sat, 16 Jun 2018

New York

NY

Summerstage

Sun, 17 Jun 2018

Croton-on-Hudson

NY

Clearwater Festival

Wed, 20 Jun 2018

Ridgefield

CT

The Ridgefield Playhouse

Thu, 21 Jun 2018

Boothbay Harbor

ME

The Opera House at Boothbay

Fri, 22 Jun 2018

St Johnsbury

VT

St Johnsbury Academy

Sat, 23 Jun 2018

Keene

NH

Colonial Theatre

Wed, 27 Jun 2018

Buffalo

NY

Asbury Hall @ Babeville

Thu, 28 Jun 2018

Frankfort

KY

The Grand Theatre

Fri, 29 Jun 2018

Owensboro

KY

ROMP

Tue, 3 Jul 2018

BOSTON

MA

THE HATCH SHELL W/ THE BOSTON POPS

Wed, 4 Jul 2018

BOSTON

MA

THE HATCH SHELL W/ THE BOSTON POPS

Sat, 14 Jul 2018

Alta

WY

Targhee Fest

Wed, 25 Jul 2018

Wilmington

NC

Lumina Festival

Thu, 26 Jul 2018

BOONE

NC

AN APPALACHIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL

Sat, 28 Jul 2018

Galax

VA

Blue Ridge Music Center

Tue, 7 Aug 2018

Lorient

France

Interceltique Festival

Sat, 11 Aug 2018

Vienna

VA

Wolftrap Center for The Performing Arts

Wed, 15 Aug 2018

Chautauqua

NY

Chautauqua Amphithater

Thu, 13 Sep 2018

Beacon

NY

Towne Crier

Fri, 14 Sep 2018

North Adams

MA

Freshgrass Bluegrass Festival

Sat, 15 Sep 2018

North Adams

MA

Freshgrass Bluegrass Festival