Allison Russell

Montreal native Allison Russell is an artist, activist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of extraordinary power, talent and grace. A founding member of the acclaimed groups Our Native Daughters (with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla and Amythyst Kiah) and Birds of Chicago (with her husband and musical partner JT Nero), she has begun to emerge as a potent force among creative circles worldwide. Her debut solo album, Outside Child, shares the harrowing story of her abusive childhood in a deeply moving song cycle of courage, empathy, hope, and love. Named the #2 Best Album of the Year by the New York Times, Outside Child garnered multiple honors, including three Grammy nominations, Best International Artist from the Americana Awards, and a 2022 Juno Award for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year.