Rhiannon Giddens is a celebrated artist who excavates the past to reveal truths about our present. She has performed for the Obamas at the White House and acted in two seasons of the hit television series Nashville.
A MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient, Giddens was Grammy-nominated for her acclaimed solo album Tomorrow Is My Turn and her T Bone Burnett–produced EP Factory Girl. Her work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a group she co-founded, received a Grammy Award in 2010. Giddens has been profiled by The New Yorker, CBS Sunday Morning, the New York Times, and NPR’s Fresh Air, among other outlets. She is featured in Ken Burns’s Country Music series, which aired on PBS in Fall 2019. Also in 2019, Giddens contributed to and co-produced the album Songs of Our Native Daughters, which tells stories of historic black womanhood and survival, and collaborated with multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi on the album there is no Other, at once a condemnation of “othering” and a celebration of the spread of ideas, connectivity, and shared experience. There is no Other went on to be nominated for a Grammy in the American roots category.