Rhiannon Giddens

A truly diverse vocalist and instrumentalist, Giddens is a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. Though she is best known for her work with the CCDs, she also sings and plays a wide range of traditional music styles including celtic, jazz, Appalachian ballads, art songs, and opera. She studied voice at Oberlin, where she performed in five operas and three main roles. Giddens has multiple ambitious side projects including Sonic New York, Eleganza and "Keep a Song in Your Soul," a theatre piece about the black roots of vaudeville. Fiddler and singer for The Gathering, Giddens sings lead and duet vocals throughout the show.

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Rhiannon Giddens

Singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder of the GRAMMY award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she also plays banjo and fiddle. In 2016, she earned the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, and in 2017 she released Freedom Highway (follow-up to her acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated solo album Tomorrow Is My Turn); had a recurring role on the CMT show Nashville; delivered a spellbinding keynote at the International Bluegrass Music Association business conference; and earned a MacArthur Genius Grant.

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Rhiannon Giddens, wearing all black (slacks, top, and jacket) standing alone on a dirt road with a cloudy sky above and behind her and tall grasses on either side; a tree is also visible in the distance.
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