Born in Buffalo, New York, Ani is unlike any other artist out there. She's political, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, a poet, a pioneer, and she writes and performs awesome music. She has released over 20 albums and is widely considered a feminist icon.
To label her as a folk artist is inaccurate. Part folk, alternative, jazz, punk, funk and hip hop DiFranco's music crosses genres.
At age 18, Ani 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.
Her clever and raw lyrics mixed with the quality of her musical performances are what make Ani so special.
If you haven't given Ani DiFanco a listen, we're certain after a few samples, you'll want to hear more.
A word to the wise for those just starting out on Ani. She offers a eclectic menu for a variety of tastes and some of her songs are heavily spiced.
To make sure you aren't turned off from this tasty dish before giving her music a chance, here are a few songs to help ease you in to Ani DiFranco.
There is also a powerful live version of the song from the Living in Clip album.
Note: Dilate has several great songs. If you're pissed off about an ex, check out "Untouchable Face." You'll appreciate it. If you're feeling a bit feisty, "Shameless" is also worth a listen.
Bliss Like This
Note: Worthy mentions from Little Plastic Castle include: "Gravel," "Little Plastic Castles," and "As Is."