If you don't have Ani DiFranco's music in your playlist, you're missing out on one righteous babe.
Born Angela Maria DiFranco in Buffalo, New York on September 23, 1970, Ani is unlike any other artist. She's political, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, a poet, a pioneer, and she writes and performs awesome music.
At age 18, she became one of the first independent musicians to create her own record label, Righteous Babe, and since has produced albums for a variety of artists.
To label her as a folk artist is inaccurate. Part folk, alternative, jazz, punk, funk and hip hop DiFranco's music crosses genres.
Her clever and raw lyrics mixed with the quality of her musical performances are what make Ani so special. If you haven't given her a listen, we're certain after a few samples, you'll want to hear more.
SONG OF THE monDAY
Buildings and Bridges is from Ani DiFranco's fifth studio album, Out of Range (1994). Though the album wasn't as commercially-successful as some of her others, it's one of our favorites. Buildings and Bridges is about being able to adapt in the face of difficult times because, as Ani says, what doesn't bend breaks.
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Shameless is from Ani DiFranco's seventh album, Dilate. Released in 1996, Dilate is her highest-selling and most critically-acclaimed album. Written by DiFranco, Shameless is about coveting another man's wife. She has performed it live multiple times and has been applauded for openly discussing bisexuality during a time when that wasn't done.
SONG OF THE wednesDAY
O.K. is from Ani DiFranco's eleventh studio album, Revelling/Reckoning (2001). Your Next Bold Move, the lead track of Reckoning, was used in GASCD, a 2002 political compilation. Peaking at No. 50 on US Billboard 200, there are several great songs on this double album, but O.K. is more than just okay. It's one of our favorites.
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Written by Ani DiFranco and originally released on her 1995 album, Not a Pretty Girl, 32 Flavors is one of our favorite Ani songs. A pun on Baskin-Robbins’s slogan “31 flavors”, it was used in a 1999 NFL commercial and was covered by Alana Davis on her debut album, Blame it on Me (1997). Her version of the song peaked at No. 37 on Billboard Hot 100.
SONG OF THE friDAY
Deep Dish is from Ani DiFranco's eighth studio album, Little Plastic Castle. Released in 1998, it is her highest-charting album, reaching No. 22 on Billboard Top 200. There are several great jams on Little Plastic Castle, but we chose Deep Dish because of the upbeat tempo and awesome use of horns. It's a perfect way to welcome Friday.
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