Her winding musical path - from her first work in Canadian roots band, Po’ Girl, to Birds of Chicago, her band with her partner JT Nero ( Dim Star) - to her recent critically acclaimed collaborations like Our Native Daughters (with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, and Amythyst Kiah) - has seen Russell emerge as one of the rarest singers - and a writer whose depth and scope is only now beginning to be fully appreciated.
She was a keynote speaker at the Nashville Women’s March on Oct 17th, 2020. Her editorial writing has been published in Rolling Stone and No Depression. Her latest spoken word editorial “Dream of America” was produced by T Bone Burnett and Colin Linden. Russell is a Concord Music Publishing writer. Her debut solo album will be released by Fantasy Records in 2021. She's currently based in Nashville, TN.