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Ani DiFranco

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A folkie in punk’s clothes, Ani DiFranco battled successfully contrary to the Goliath of corporate and business rock and roll to emerge among the most influential and inspirational cult heroines from the 1990s. A resolute follower from the D.We.Con. ethos, DiFranco released her information through her personal indie label, Righteous Babe, gradually but steadily creating a devout grassroots pursuing on the effectiveness of a relentless tour timetable. An ardent feminist and an open up bisexual, her music tackled problems like rape, abortion, and sexism with understanding and compassion, the music’s empowering attitude and anger tempered with the poignant candor of vocalist/songwriter confessionalism. DiFranco was created in Buffalo, NY, on Sept 23, 1970. She started her profession at age nine, when her electric guitar instructor helped her property her initial gig — executing a couple of Beatles addresses — at a location coffeehouse. Befriended by famous brands Suzanne Vega and Michelle Stunned, she later quit music to review ballet, but at age 14 came back to your guitar and started composing her initial songs. A calendar year afterwards, alienated from her crumbling family members structure, she still left home, coping with close friends while producing the rounds from the Buffalo folk membership circuit. DiFranco wrote over 100 primary songs by age 19, and after briefly learning artwork, she relocated to NEW YORK to help expand her musical dreams; besieged by demands from supporters for tapes of her shows, she documented a demonstration and pressed 500 copies of the self-titled cassette to market at displays. The tape — a Spartan acoustic folk assortment of intensely personal essays on failed romantic relationships and gender inequities — quickly sold-out, and in 1990 DiFranco founded Righteous Babe to raised spread her recordings, that have been slowly spreading in the united states on the effectiveness of a considerable word-of-mouth pursuing. In 1991, after issuing the guaranteed NOT Soft, DiFranco strike the road only, touring the country in her Volkswagen and playing gigs wherever she may find them. Her cult blossomed, and her specific picture — shaved mind, tattoo designs, and body piercings — quickly became the de rigueur search for her enthusiasts aswell. As albums like 1992’s Imperfectly and 1993’s Puddle Dive extended her musical ambitions in addition to her pursuing, DiFranco became the main topic of considerable major-label curiosity, however she steadfastly declined all gives as Righteous Babe started to be a highly practical business enterprise. DiFranco continuing playing over 200 times annually, and soon also the mainstream mass media took see of her cottage-industry music; after 1994’s masterful Away from Range, she exploded with the next year’s Not really a Quite Gal, which garnered see from outlets which range from CNN to THE BRAND NEW York Situations. A sprawling, eclectic function detailing a warmed romance with a guy (much towards the chagrin of her lesbian supporters), 1996’s Dilate also debuted in the very best 100 from the Billboard graphs, a stunning accomplishment for an unbiased discharge. The live established Surviving in Clip implemented in 1997. Early in 1998, DiFranco released the studio room effort Little Plastic material Castle; her most musically diverse discharge yet, in addition, it was her highest-charting album up to now, and arranged the stage for the discharge of Up Up Up Up Up Up the next year. Another fresh LP, To one’s teeth, made an appearance in 1999 aswell, and in middle-2000 came the discharge from the odds-and-ends compilation Golf swing Arranged. Revelling: Reckoning made an appearance in springtime 2001. In 2002, DiFranco trudged on; a street warrior in mind, she released the double-disc A LOT Shouting, A LOT Laughter in Sept, her first live recording since 1997’s Surviving in Clip. The A LOT Shouting arranged captured handpicked favorites by DiFranco and three previously unreleased tracks. The next year’s Evolve added funk, jazz, and Latin components to the blend, while 2004’s Informed Suppose was performed totally by DiFranco. Knuckle Down, co-produced by Joe Henry, found its way to 2005. The eighth disk in her established bootleg series, Carnegie Hall (documented live on Apr 2, 2002), premiered in the springtime of 2006, and — soon after the singer announced she was pregnant — her studio room album Reprieve came that same August. DiFranco gave delivery to her girl in January 2007 and released another formal bootleg, Hamburg, Germany, in 2008. Crimson Letter Year made an appearance afterwards in 2008, offering songs inspired with the impending presidential competition, DiFranco’s baby little girl, and her partner/manufacturer Mike Napolitano. 2012’s Which Aspect HAVE YOU BEEN On?, the 16th studio room album from the choice folk legend, highlighted 12 new music, like the rousing name cut, that was a reworking of the song made well-known by Pete Seeger, who lent his distinct tone of voice and banjo to DiFranco’s rendition. In 2014 she came back to her house studio room in the brand new Orleans’ Bywater community to record, make, and mix periods on her behalf follow-up, Allergic to Drinking water. Featuring support from her touring music group and guests Jenny Scheinman and Ivan Neville, the established was released in November.

Quick Facts


Full Name Ani DiFranco
Height 1.58 m
Profession Singer-songwriter, Poet, Guitarist, Songwriter, Music artist, Multi-instrumentalist
Nationality American
Spouse Mike Napolitano, Andrew Gilchrist
Children Petah Lucia DiFranco Napolitano, Dante DiFranco Napolitano
Parents Dante Americo DiFranco, Elizabeth Ross DiFranco
Awards Grammy Award for Best Recording Package
Music Songs 32 Flavors, Both Hands, Untouchable Face, You Had Time, Little Plastic Castle, Joyful Girl, Lost Woman Song, Talk to Me Now, Angry Any More, Your Next Bold Move, Not a Pretty Girl, Out of Habit, Hello Birmingham, Buildings and Bridges, Falling Is Like This, Present/Infant, Letting the Telephone Ring, Fire Door, Willing to Fight, Letter to a John, Work Your Way Out, Swan Dive, Back Back Back, Woe Be Gone, Sorry I Am, Two Little Girls, Self Evident, I'm No Heroine, Unworry, Dilate, Every State Line, Careless Words
Albums Dilate, Living in Clip, Not a Pretty Girl, Revelling/Reckoning, To the Teeth, Allergic to Water, Binary, Puddle Dive, So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter, Red Letter Year, Knuckle Down, Out of Range, Imperfectly, Little Plastic Castle, Not So Soft, Educated Guess, Fellow Workers, Ani DiFranco, Up Up Up Up Up Up, ¿Which Side Are You On?, Evolve, Reprieve, Carnegie Hall – 4.6.02, Portland 4.7.04, Sacramento 10.25.03, Madison 1.25.04, Swing Set, Little Plastic Remixes, Canon, The Past Didn't Go Anywhere, Women in (E)motion, An Acoustic Evening With, Like I Said: Songs 1990–91, More Joy, Less Shame, Like I Said
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance
Movies Ani DiFranco: Trust, Radical Harmonies, She's the One, Bi the Way, Love and Suicide, Render: Spanning Time with Ani DiFranco, Ani Difranco: Live At Babeville, The Best of Sessions at West 54th: Vol. 1, Dead Man Walking: The Concert


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#Fact
1 Her mother, who is from Montreal, is of Scottish and English ancestry. Her father, a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, was the son of Italian immigrants.
2 Gave birth to their daughter, Petah Lucia, weighting 7 lbs, 8 oz, on January 20, 2007.
3 Released her 14th album of all-original material on January 25, 2005. The CD contains 12 songs and is titled "Knuckle Down."
4 Musical influences include John Hassell, Maceo Parker, Greg Brown, Utah Phillips, Gillian Welch, Bruce Springsteen, the Indigo Girls, Arlo Guthrie, Woody Guthrie and Miles Davis.
5 Bought a church in downtown Buffalo to make as a recording studio.
6 Released her 13th studio album of all-original material, titled "Educated Guess," on January 20, 2004.
7 Ranked #90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
8 Her first name is pronounced, 'ahn-knee,' not Annie, as in Little Orphan Annie.
9 Released her 12th studio album, titled 'Evolve' on March 11, 2003. As with all her albums, it was distributed by her own record label, Righteous Babe Records.
10 Lists 'Danielle LoPresti''s "Dear Mr. Penis Head" (1999) as one of her favorite recent albums. LoPresti has often been compared to Ms. Difranco.
11 She and Jesse L. Martin (Ally McBeal (1997), Law & Order (1990)) graduated from high school, together.
12 Her albums 'Not a Pretty Girl' (1995), 'Dilate' (1996), and 'Little Plastic Castles' (1998) were among the more critically lauded releases of the 1990s.
13 Recent releases on her Righteous Babe Records include 'Sara Lee (III)'s "Make it Beautiful" and 'Bitch & Animal''s "Eternally Hard".
14 Is a committed feminist, and did not her take husband's name in marriage.
15 Has played at benefits for convicted cop-murderer Mumia abu-Jamal and the Green Party.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Red Card 2015 Short performer: "As Is" / writer: "As Is"
The Armor of Light 2015 Documentary arranger: "Amazing Grace" / performer: "Amazing Grace"
Satisfaction 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Love, Marilyn 2012 Documentary performer: "All of Me"
Lola Versus 2012 performer: "Both Hands" / writer: "Both Hands"
So You Think You Can Dance Canada 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Spoonfed Reality 2011 Documentary performer: "Animal" / writer: "Animal"
Remember Me 2010 performer: "Soft Shoulder" / writer: "Soft Shoulder"
Mississippi Damned 2009 performer: "Pixie" / writer: "Pixie"
So You Think You Can Dance 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Nightclub 2008 Documentary performer: "4th Of July" / writer: "4th Of July"
Nip/Tuck TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007
Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind 2007 Documentary arranger: "The International" / performer: "The International"
Online 2006 Short performer: "Little Plastic Castle" / writer: "Little Plastic Castle"
Love & Suicide 2006 Video performer: "Bodily" / writer: "Bodily"
20 centímetros 2005 writer: "Pixie"
Unconstitutional 2004 Video documentary arranger: "Amazing Grace" / performer: "Amazing Grace"
ScaredSacred 2004 Documentary performer: "Amazing Grace" - as Ani DiFranco / writer: "Amazing Grace" - as Ani DiFranco
The World According to Bush 2004 TV Movie documentary "Self-evident"
Burning Annie 2004 performer: "What How When Where Why Who" / writer: "What How When Where Why Who"
Out of Time 2003/I writer: "Joyful Girl" 1996
Du ska nog se att det går över 2003 Documentary performer: "Cloud Blood", "Grey", "So What" / writer: "Cloud Blood", "Grey", "So What"
Traumprinz in Farbe 2003 TV Movie performer: "Wishin' and Hopin'" / producer: "Wishin' and Hopin'"
The Event 2003 performer: "Your Next Bold Move" / writer: "Your Next Bold Move"
Independent Media in a Time of War 2003 Video documentary short performer: "Your Next Bold Move"
Piedras 2002 performer: "The Story" / writer: "The Story"
Wolf Girl 2001 TV Movie performer: "Freakshow" / writer: "Freakshow"
Lip Service 2001 performer: "Going Down", "Out of Me Unto You" - as Ani DiFranco / writer: "Going Down", "Out of Me Unto You" - as Ani DiFranco
Lost and Delirious 2001 performer: "You Had Time" - as Ani DiFranco / writer: "You Had Time" - as Ani DiFranco
The Last Supper 2000 Short arranger: "Amazing Grace" / performer: "Amazing Grace", "Joyful Girl", "Soft Shoulder" / writer: "Joyful Girl", "Soft Shoulder"
Steal This Movie 2000 performer: "This Land Is Your Land", "Abbie's Song", "When I'm Gone" - as Ani DiFranco / writer: "Abbie's Song" - as Ani DiFranco
Better Than Chocolate 1999 performer: "32 Flavors", "Shameless" / writer: "32 Flavors", "Shameless"
Daria 1998 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Slaves to the Underground 1997 performer: "Buildings & Bridges" / writer: "Buildings & Bridges" - as A. DiFranco
The Hanging Garden 1997 performer: "The Million You Never Made" / writer: "The Million You Never Made"
My Best Friend's Wedding 1997 performer: "Wishin' And Hopin'" / producer: "Wishin' And Hopin'"
All Over Me 1997 performer: "Shy" / writer: "Shy"
She's the One 1996 performer: "Worthy" - as Ani DiFranco / writer: "Worthy" - as Ani DiFranco

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ani DiFranco: Live at Babeville 2008
Avería de la conciencia 2005 Short music by
Ani DiFranco: Trust 2004 Video documentary
Render: Spanning Time with Ani DiFranco 2002 Video documentary
The Last Supper 2000 Short

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ani DiFranco: Live at Babeville 2008
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2005 TV Series Musical Guest
King of the Hill 1998 TV Series Emily

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Render: Spanning Time with Ani DiFranco 2002 Video documentary

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ani DiFranco: Live at Babeville 2008

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Render: Spanning Time with Ani DiFranco 2002 Video documentary

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
David Blaine: Drowned Alive 2006 TV Movie documentary additional music by

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Shopkeeper: A Documentary About Mark Hallman and the Congress House 2016 Documentary completed Herself
My First Guitar 2011 Documentary Herself
Music 2010 Documentary Herself
Sounds Like a Revolution 2010 Documentary
Gulf Aid: Concert for the Coast 2010 TV Movie Herself
Live from the Artists Den 2009 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2000-2008 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest / Herself
Bi the Way 2008 Documentary Herself - Interviewee
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1996-2007 TV Series Herself
Decades Rock Live 2007 TV Series Herself
Satyagraha: 100 Years of Nonviolence 2006 Video short Herself
The Henry Rollins Show 2006 TV Series Herself
Fighting for Life in the Death-Belt 2005 Documentary Narrator
Def Poetry 2004 TV Series documentary Herself
Ani DiFranco: Trust 2004 Video documentary Herself
Render: Spanning Time with Ani DiFranco 2002 Video documentary Herself
Freedom Highway: Songs that Shaped a Century 2001 Documentary Herself
You Don't Know What I Got 2000 Documentary
The Righteous Babes 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 1998 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Hard Rock Live 1997 TV Series Performer
Sessions at West 54th 1997 TV Series documentary Herself
The Blue Hermaphrodite 1996 Short Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008 BMI Cable Award BMI Film & TV Awards State of Mind (2007)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music, Adapted Song My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) · Burt Bacharach (music and lyrics by)
· Hal David (music and lyrics by)


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#Quote
1 When I showed up shave-headed and army-booted and pierced in places people were talking about, I can't tell you how welcoming they were. There was, of course, the sort of stodgy folk-Nazis within the community, but the dudes who really knew what was up looked through the different uniform and style and said, 'Here is somebody young doing the work. 'Welcome, and bring your teenagers with you'. It was a real embracing environment for me. I got to learn from the masters.
2 My songs are the one place where I won't mince my words. One on one, I have a lot of fear and inhibition. I think this is why I am so bold in my songs. It is my one place that I have carved out to do that, be that. They have gotten me and a lot of other people into a lot of trouble over the years. My guitar has this truth serum in it, and lo! the people that wander into my canon.
3 All decent people, male and female, are feminists. The only people who are not feminists are those who believe that women are inherently inferior or undeserving of the respect and opportunity afforded men. Either you are a feminist or you are a sexist/misogynist. There is no box marked "other".
4 Who has turned feminism into a dirty word? One of the things that bugs the s**t out of me is the fact that we can't even use the word "feminist" these days. It's been made taboo by a conservative media. The feminist movement in this country is one of the most powerful human liberation movements the planet has seen... so, to let this sort of conservative culture steal the feminist history from our consciousness and steal the respect from the people who fought and died so we could have such liberty is a travesty.


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