Rhiannon Giddens

Rhiannon  Giddens

Rhiannon Giddens

Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she sings and plays banjo and fiddle. She began gaining recognition as a solo artist when she stole the show 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 are also abundantly evident on Ms. Giddens’ critically acclaimed debut solo album, the Grammy-nominated 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. Ms. Giddens’ follow-up album, Freedom Highway, was released in February 2017. It includes nine songs that she wrote or co-wrote, along with a traditional song and two civil rights-era songs, “Birmingham Sunday” and the Staple Singers’ well-known “Freedom Highway,” from which the album takes its name. Ms. Giddens has performed for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, appeared on The Late Show, Austin City Limits, Later…with Jools Holland, and both CBS Saturday and Sunday Morning, and duetted with country superstar Eric Church on his powerful anti-racism song “Kill a Word,” performing the song on The Tonight Show and the CMA Awards, among other programs. In 2017, Ms. Giddens was awarded a MacArthur Genius Award, and she has also received the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Singer of the Year and the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo. She has performed a recurring role on the television drama Nashville, playing Hanna Lee “Hallie” Jordan, a young social worker with “the voice of an angel.” Rhiannon Giddens, whose inspired performance at the 2018 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular caused a sensation, makes her Symphony Hall debut with this week’s concerts.