Saturday, September 23, 2017

Happy Birthday to Singer Ani DiFranco

Singer Ani DiFranco was born on this day, September 23, in 1970. She is an American singer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, songwriter and businesswoman. She has released more than 20 albums.

Although DiFranco's music has been classified as folk rock and alternative rock, she has added punk, funk, hip hop and jazz influences. DiFranco created her own record label, Righteous Babe, when she was only 18, giving her significant creative freedom.

DiFranco supports many social and political movements by performing benefit concerts, appearing on benefit albums and speaking at rallies. Through the Righteous Babe Foundation DiFranco has backed grassroots cultural and political organizations supporting causes including abortion rights to gay visibility. She counts famed American folk singer and songwriter Pete Seeger among her mentors.

DiFranco identifies herself as bisexual, and has written songs about love and sex with women and men. She addressed the controversy about her sexuality with the song "In or Out."

DiFranco has seven Grammy nominations and one win. 

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