And Every week we ask an artist that we love to tell us about the music they love. The end of every year and the beginning of every year are pretty slow in the music industry, releases slow to a trickle. So, instead of talking about new music, this week we are asking some of our favorite artists to talk about their favorite songs. Amy Shark is from Queensland, Australia. We love her. This is our conversation with Amy Shark.
"Fire Door" from her first album, Ani Difranco
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An avid music fan all her life, Donna enjoys sharing her love of indie rock singers and songwriters with other music fans. Ani Difranco has often referred to herself as a "little folksinger". Although the roots of her music may begin with folksy acoustic guitar, her songs are a creative blend of thoughtful lyrics, beautiful vocals, and talented musicianship. Born in Buffalo, NY, Ani started playing the guitar and writing her own songs at an early age. As a teenager, she moved to New York City to continue with her music and started playing in clubs in the city. In , she started her own record label and released her first album, Ani Difranco , in Constant touring and word of mouth helped her build a legion of fans.
Both DiFranco and her music can be described as punk, honest, powerful, unapologetic, and at times, even jarring. DiFranco launched her music career at the age of Four years later, she started her own label, Righteous Babe Records, which has allowed her to answer to no one but herself.
She has released all her albums on her own record label, Righteous Babe , 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 and LGBT visibility. She counts American folk singer and songwriter Pete Seeger among her mentors. By 14 she was writing her own songs. She played them at bars and coffee houses throughout her teens.