Vp Issue 7: "The Little Folk Singer that Could (and Did): Ani DiFranco"

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Vp Issue 7: "The Little Folk Singer that Could (and Did): Ani DiFranco"

sound like Ani but still play for $100 – she has single-handedly changed the way a generation approaches the guitar and the writing of a song. A person used to pick up a guitar and strum all six strings, singing as sweetly as possible. Not any more. For me, as an artist, I have been less influenced by her nontraditional guitar arrangements and stylized singing than I have been inspired by her lyrics, her intensity, and her work ethic. At an Ani show, I watch her take a crafted and pointed phrase and deliver it to the audience while demanding a shared reverence for that moment, that word, that note. Her use of language, combined with her intensely present performance style can bring everyone in the hall in to a moment of complete focus. I am again reminded of the power of one voice and one guitar. Ani has toured so rigorously over the years, I always leave her shows feeling inspired by the miles she’s traveled and the devotion she has poured in to her music. Singer/Songwriter/Mom www.catiecurtis.com

Sharon Kleinman & Colleen Sexton: Ani’s an inspiration for much more than her genre-bending artistic contributions as a gifted and prolific singer-songwriter, poet, and multi-instrumentalist. She encourages people by example to bravely and righteously follow their own creative, ideological, and yes, economic path. At a time when five major record labels hegemonic-ally promote a few select artists, Ani’s become an indie music icon. She has famously shunned major record label deals to go it indie in a highly competitive industry. She’s living proof that a talented and hardworking artist can remain true to her convictions, create and sustain a viable business, attract dedicated employees, foster a loyal and growing fan base, and inspire the respect of her musician peers. Veteran musician and Grammy award winner Janis Ian put it this way, “The music industry has forever said that women can’t sell as many records as men, women can’t sell as many tickets as men, and women can’t run companies like men. It’s nice that Ani stepped up to the plate, and disproved a lot of those assumptions.” Ani’s impact on the music industry has been more than symbolic, she’s been an empowering role model whose tenacious individualism has inspired a generation of indie singer-songwriters as well as a generation of music fans. With her