Singer-Songwriter Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder and front woman of the Grammy award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops. The Greensboro native was recently named a 2017 MacArthur Fellow Genius Grant for "reclaiming African American contributions to folk and country music and bringing to light new connections between music from the past and present."
Giddens' passion for exploring the musical traditions of Appalachia serves as a driving force in her music. After studying opera at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, she relocated back to North Carolina, where she became immersed in the rural musical traditions of the state's western region. Giddens began gaining recognition as a solo artist at the T Bone Burnett produced Another Day, Another Time concert at New York City's Town Hall in 2013. The elegant bearing, prodigious voice, and fierce spirit that brought the audience to its feet that night is also abundantly evident on Giddens' critically acclaimed solo debut, the Grammy nomintated album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, which masterfully blends American musical genres like gospel, jazz, blues, and country, showcasing her extraordinary emotional range and dazzling vocal prowess.