The 64th annual Grammys might be delayed but there’s no stopping Allison Russell from taking over the music scene. It’s quite a bold claim yes, but it’s one that’s truer than life itself. Fans and critics alike are all in agreement with this. In fact, the Grammy’s share the same sentiment, giving her not one but three nominations this upcoming awards show. For her debut solo album, “Outside child” it garnered a nominated for ‘Best Americana Album’. Coming from the same record, her lead single “Nightflyer” which was co-written by Jeremy Lindsey received two distinctions as a nominee for ‘Best American Roots Song’ and ‘Best American Roots Performance’.

Jaw dropping is the word to describe all these outpouring of recognition of love and talent. But then you add the fact that she’s a newbie in the musical landscape as a solo artist and suddenly it surpasses that reaction. No words can fully explain this, but perhaps the word legendary would suffice. That’s Allison Russell for you, a consummate overall artist. A wild and free dreamer destined for music greatness.

Beyond that solo career, we see a different side of this Montreal born artiste. An individual stronger than steel, but one who has a heart of gold. Forged through the fire of her turbulent upbringing, she rose and pilgrimage to the land of deliverance and redemption. Now that she has finally done so, she extends her hand to those who need it the most. Most especially to those who are in the same place as she was before. All of which through the power of music and activism. Thus, she co-founded ‘Our Native Daughters together with Amythyst Kiah, Allison Russell, Leyla McCalla and Rhiannon Giddens. A band and movement whose main aim is to shine a light on the stories of African American women’s struggles, resistance and of hope. As well as ‘Birds of Chicago’, a duo comprised of herself and husband JT Nero. Twin forces that aim to bring the word of God’s salvation through faith and healing music.

Two different sides, but like a coin all rolled into one. A queen in every sense of the word, we see those two sides come together in her album “Outside Child”. As much as it is an album for our listening pleasure, it is also her diary of sorts. Wherein she reveals in stunning detail about her life as well as the realizations that accompanied them. It is her manifesto that amidst all the hardships and slavery whether physically, spiritually, or emotionally there is hope. Freedom is attainable if you believe, fight and do you part.

With all these accolades, wisdom, musicality, poetic flow, and heavenly beauty inside and out. Allison Russell is a flower awaiting that final ray of sunshine for her to fully bloom. It could happen at any moment now.

Can’t get enough of Allison Russell? Then you’ve come to the right place. Feel free to visit her website, Fantasy Records page, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube accounts for amazing content, special announcements and more! Such as her ongoing tour in these following dates and venues: 

February 05: Girls Just Wanna Festival, Riviera Maya, MEX

February 24: Memorial Hall, Cincinnati, OH

February 25: The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI 

February 26: Stoughton Opera House, Stoughton, WI

March 03: Ryman, Nashville, TN (with Yola)

March 06: The Barns at Wolftrap, Vienna, VA

March 07: City Winery – Pier 57, New York, NY

March 08: The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA

March 09: State Theatre, Portland, ME

March 19: Cayamo Cruise, Miami, FL

March 20: Cayamo Cruise, Miami, FL

March 21: Cayamo Cruise, Miami, FL

March 22: Cayamo Cruise, Miami, FL

March 23: Cayamo Cruise, Miami, FL

March 24: Cayamo Cruise, Miami, FL

March 25: Cayamo Cruise, Miami, FL

August 18: Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD (with Brandi Carlile)

September 09: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO (with Brandi Carlile)

September 10: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO (with Brandi Carlile)

Save these dates. It’s going to be a blast!

Happy listening.

Illustrator and writer who loves music, arts and pop culture as a whole.
Illustrator and writer who loves music, arts and pop culture as a whole.

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