Iris DeMent is an acclaimed singer/songwriter whose 1992 debut Infamous Angel was hailed by Rolling Stone as “an essential album of the 90’s”. Combining elements of folk, gospel and country, her rich lyrical landscapes and captivating music have earned two Grammy nominations and the respect of many of her peers such as John Prine, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell.
NPR has called her “one of the great voices in contemporary popular music” and The Boston Globe heralded her 2012 album Sing The Delta to be a “work of rare, unvarnished grace and power…”.
You might recognize her song, Our Town, from the closing credits of the final episode of Northern Exposure and her song, Let the Mystery Be, which was featured in the opening scenes of the film Little Buddha and then became the theme for the opening credits of the HBO series, The Leftovers. Her second album, My Life, was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Contemporary Folk Album category.
Honored in 2017 by the Americana Music Association, alongside artists such as Graham Nash and Van Morrison, DeMent received the Americana Trailblazer Award. A press release explains that she “exemplifies what it means to forge your own path in the music industry” and “[uses] her ethereal voice and songwriting craft to showcase introspection as well as to address more political topics such as sexual abuse, religion and government policy throughout her work.”