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"One of roots music’s most exciting emerging talents, blending a deep knowledge of old-time with classic country to contemporary R&B" - Rolling Stone
AMYTHYST KIAH's commanding stage presence is matched by her raw, powerful vocals, deeply moving hypnotic sound, accompanied by banjo or acoustic guitar. Her influences span decades - old time music, alt rock, folk, country & blues. Provocative and fierce, Amythyst’s ability to cross boundaries is groundbreaking and simply unforgettable.
She recently collaborated on 'Songs Of Our Native Daughters' with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla and Allison Russell (BIRDS OF CHICAGO), a hugely acclaimed full-length album. NPR described opening track 'Black Myself' as "the simmering defiance of self-respect in the face of racism". The group has been nominated for Duo/Group Of The Year at the 2019 Americana Music Association Awards.
A crowd favourite at Tennessee's Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, she's shone at the John F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, and opening for acts like INDIGO GIRLS, RHIANNON GIDDENS, VALERIE JUNE, OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW, FIRST AID KIT, DARRELL SCOTT and TIM O'BRIEN.
“her razor-sharp guitar picking alone guarantees her a place among blues masters, but it’s her deep-hued voice that can change on a dime from brushed steel to melted toffee that commands attention" - New York Times
“another highlight was Amythyst Kiah…a bold Nina Simone voice" - The Guardian
"The high priestess of Southern Gothic. Amazing stage presence" - Mark Radcliffe
"Heiress to a lineage of black women in folk like Joan Armatrading and Tracy Chapman" - Paste