1. Ani DiFranco by Andrea Rae Georgas 

    Ani DiFranco is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, poet and is the founder of the recording label, Righteous Babe Records. Born in Buffalo, New York, DiFranco started playing guitar at local bars and busking on the streets. In 1989, she started her own label, Righteous Records, which was changed to Righteous Babe Records in 1994. DiFranco is one of the first independent female artists to start their own label, thus allowing her more creative freedom. She has released over twenty albums since. DiFranco has become an icon in the feminist and LGBT communities. Many of her lyrics and poems address racism, sexism, politics, sexual abuse, religion, drug abuse, poverty, reproductive rights, homophobia and war. In 2006, she received the Women of Courage Award from the National Women Organization. - Christina Dore

    "When I was 18 my friend Colette introduced to me to Ani’s ‘Napoleon’ and ‘Anticipate’ on a mix CD she had floating around in her car. Driving under the hanging moss in Savannah coupled with the streetlights blurring past us Ani’s voice seemed at home. I immediately fell in love with her timing, rhythm and word enunciation. After confining myself to one particular genre of music in high school, I was quick to welcome Ani to my library as a new branch on my still-growing taste(s) tree. Ani’s music was something I would put on when I was in a place somewhere between ‘up’ and ‘down’. As a budding artist, I would find myself between emotions often while working on my pieces and balancing my strange social life. I was able to relate to Ani’s descriptive language and it made it a little bit easier to move forward." - Andrea Rae Georgas

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    Thank you Colette for putting ‘Napoleon’ on a mix CD 7 years ago.
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