Artist, activist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Allison Russell will be singing under the stars at Spoleto Festival USA this Wednesday and here is what you should know:
Russell has walked through shadows. Her extraordinary gift of songcraft speaks to a powerful reclamation of self; her words conjure joy from pain, defiant strength and love in the face of overwhelming darkness. Having been compared to Nina Simone and Edith Piaf, Russell, too, roars with dignity and hope. Yet this Grammy-nominated artist’s cathartic and soulful voice is squarely her own, a voice that can “carry a story of tremendous weight and command the spotlight in the revelatory telling of it” (NPR).
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A founding member of the acclaimed groups Our Native Daughters, and Birds of Chicago, the Montreal native has emerged as a potent force among creative circles worldwide. On her three-time Grammy nominated debut solo album, Outside Child, (Fantasy, 2021), Allison shares the harrowing story of her abusive childhood in a deeply moving, unforgettable song-cycle of courage, empathy, hope, and love. In January 2022, Allison announced signing with publishing house Macmillan Flatiron for the release of her upcoming memoir.
To get a feel for Allison’s music and other artists like her coming to Spoleto this year, check out our playlist on Spotify.
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Allison Russell performs at Cistern Yard on Wednesday, June 1st at 9PM.