Rhiannon Giddens is a founding member of the GRAMMY-winning band Carolina Chocolate Drops. She is an American original who has emerged as a rising star and an electrifying performer with an unforgettable voice who culls the music of our collective past—gospel, jazz, blues, and country. She is also a multi-instrumentalist who, in 2016, became the first woman and nonwhite musician to win the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. More recently, Giddens was added to the hit series Nashville, the popular television drama set in the country music industry.
The fervor of a spiritual, the yips of a folk holler, and the sultry insinuation of the blues.
—New York Times
It was clear the first time I heard her at rehearsal that Rhiannon is next in a long line of singers that includes Marian Anderson, Ethel Waters, Rosetta Tharp, Odetta, Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simone.
—T Bone Burnett