Famed for her talent, creativity, and versatility as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Ani Difranco began making a name for herself in the music world with the release of her self-titled debut album in 1990. Since then, this Grammy Award-winning artist has continued playing with folk and jazz musicians, orchestras, rappers, poets, pop superstars, storytellers and notable martial artists. DiFranco has established herself as a feminist icon and political activist, using her music as a way to convey powerful, yet personal messages. In 2006, she received the Woman of Courage Award at the National Organization for Women (NOW) Conference and Young Feminist Summit.
Perhaps as well known for her music as her pioneering business moves, DiFranco is a legend in the industry for rejecting the major record label system and opting to release albums on her own terms. She is the creator of Righteous Babe Records, an independent label at the forefront of a trend that has seen many big-name artists follow DiFranco’s lead, including Radiohead, Madonna, and Nine Inch Nails.
Also a believer in environmental sustainability, DiFranco has, in her words, “fixed up a few old buildings” and minimized her carbon footprint before that was all the rage. She installed a geothermal heating and cooling system in the renovated church that houses Righteous Babe Records and uses organic inks on all the t-shirts she sells. DiFrancos many albums include Red Letter Year, Not So Soft , Not A Pretty Girl, and Educated Guess.
What People are Saying About Ani Difranco
—Rolling Stone magazine
“The ultimate do-it-yourself songwriter”
—New York Times