29 Facts About Rhiannon Giddens

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Rhiannon Giddens's is a founding member of the country, blues and old-time music band Carolina Chocolate Drops, where she is the lead singer, fiddle player, and banjo player.

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Rhiannon Giddens's appears in the Smithsonian Folkways collection documenting Mike Seeger's final trip through Appalachia in 2009, Just Around The Bend: Survival and Revival in Southern Banjo Styles – Mike Seeger's Last Documentary .

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Rhiannon Giddens is multiracial in ancestry, from her European-American father and her African- and Native-American mother, who met as college students in the city of Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Rhiannon Giddens' parents separated soon after her birth, when Deborah Rhiannon Giddens came out as a lesbian.

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Rhiannon Giddens is an alumna of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, and a 2000 graduate of Oberlin Conservatory at Oberlin College, where she studied opera.

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In 2007, Rhiannon Giddens contributed fiddle, banjo, "flat-footin'" dancing and additional vocals to Talitha MacKenzie's album Indian Summer.

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Rhiannon Giddens participated in "Another Day, Another Time", a concert inspired by the Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis.

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Many critics have stated that Rhiannon Giddens had the best performance at what was called "the concert of the year".

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Late in 2013, Rhiannon Giddens contributed the standout a cappella track "We Rise" to the LP We Are Not For Sale: Songs of Protest by the NC Music Love Army – a collective of activist musicians from North Carolina founded by Jon Lindsay and Caitlin Cary.

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In early 2014 Rhiannon Giddens recorded for Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes alongside Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Taylor Goldsmith and Jim James.

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In February 2015, Rhiannon Giddens released her debut solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, on Nonesuch Records.

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Rhiannon Giddens appears on Jon Lindsay's single "Ballad of Lennon Lacy" .

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Rhiannon Giddens's performed songs from her 2015 album Tomorrow Is My Turn, including "Waterboy" and a cover of "St James Infirmary Blues" with Tom Jones.

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Rhiannon Giddens's was selected to take part in Transatlantic Sessions in January 2016.

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Later in the year, Rhiannon Giddens became the first American to be honored as Folk Singer of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

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In 2017, Rhiannon Giddens became only the fourth musician to perform at both the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals.

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In October 2017, Rhiannon Giddens was named one of the 2017 class of MacArthur "Genius" Fellows.

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In January 2018, Rhiannon Giddens co-produced Songs of Our Native Daughters for Smithsonian Folkways.

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Rhiannon Giddens recorded vocals for Silo Songs, an audio installation created by composer Brad Wells for Hancock Shaker Village.

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20.

Rhiannon Giddens's contributed a song, "Mountain Hymn", to the popular video game Red Dead Redemption 2 which was released in October 2018.

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In 2019, Rhiannon Giddens released two studio albums: Songs of Our Native Daughters with Allison Russell, Leyla McCalla and Amythyst Kiah, and There Is No Other with Italian musician Francesco Turrisi.

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Rhiannon Giddens wrote the libretto and served as lead composer with help from co-composer Michael Abels.

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In July 2020, Rhiannon Giddens was named Artistic Director of the cross-cultural music organization Silkroad .

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Rhiannon Giddens earned an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for her lasting impact on the UNCG community and work in music.

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Rhiannon Giddens's sang "Calling me Home" by Alice Gerrard at a virtual commencement after accepting the degree in December 2020.

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26.

In 2017 and 2018, Rhiannon Giddens appeared in the fifth and sixth seasons of the CMT's Nashville as Hannah Lee "Hallie" Jordan, a social worker and gospel singer who is a significant character in Juliette's storyline.

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Rhiannon Giddens appeared in 11 episodes and performed several songs that have been made available following each episode.

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28.

Rhiannon Giddens has announced that she will have four children's books published by Candlewick Press.

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In 2019, Rhiannon Giddens began a relationship with her Italian musical partner Francesco Turrisi.

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