A commanding live performer blessed with an unforgettable voice, Amythyst Kiah combines the political and the deeply personal in a spellbinding examination of grief, alienation, healing, self-respect and love in all its incarnations.
Her Rounder Records debut, Wary + Strange, marks the glorious combination of two vastly different worlds: the iconoclastic alt-rock that first sparked her musical passion and the roots/old-time music scene where she’s found breakout success in recent years. The Tennessee singer-songwriter expands on the uncompromising artistry she most recently revealed as part of Our Native Daughters – an all-women-of-colour supergroup whose Kiah-penned standout Black Myself earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best American Roots Song and won Song of the Year at the 2019 Folk Alliance International Awards. Wary + Strange earned her multiple Americana Music Association Award nominations both in the US and UK in 2021.
A busy 2022 including opening for The Who and CAM alongside major festivals in the US and the release of her covers EP Pensive Pop, featuring songs written by Katy Perry, Tori Amos, Green Day and Joy Division. Two trips to Europe included first shows in Ireland, Denmark, Italy, France and Germany with festivals including Purbeck, Shrewsbury Folk, The Long Road, Tonder and London Jazz. She returns to tour major venues across the UK as a featured artist with The Transatlantic Sessions in February 2023.
“Amythyst Kiah will remind you what it is to love live music.” No Depression
“A raw, crystal-clear statement of Black power and gay pride” Billboard
“A masterful blend of lonesome folk and neo-blues” Rolling Stone
“Kiah’s independent spirit, vast talent, and musical savvy yield dazzling results.” Pitchfork
“Thrilling…fearlessly honest songwriting” Paste