Amythyst Kiah

Born in Chattanooga and based in Johnson City, Tennessee native Amythyst Kiah matches a commanding stage presence with raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant and restless past. Accompanied interchangeably with banjo, acoustic guitar, or a full band, she finds inspiration in old time music, alternative rock, folk, country, and blues. Songs of Our Native Daughters, her recent collaboration with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell (Birds of Chicago), features her song “Black Myself,” which NPR called “the simmering defiance of self-respect in the face of racism”; the song was nominated for a Grammy for Best American Roots Song and won 2019 Song of the Year at the Folk Alliance International Conference.