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Marian Runk
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she/her
BIPOC false
Illinois, United States
Americana
Singer-Songwriter
Classic-Country
Folk

Marian Runk was born in Dallas, TX, to a symphony musician & a science teacher. Now Chicago-based, she writes songs about love, loss, death, restlessness, and the natural world. Her debut album, A Few Feet from the Ground, hovers in and around the genres of country, folk, and blues. It offers both lush full band and spare solo arrangements that highlight a clear voice and emotional arc. “[A Few Feet from the Ground] sounds like poetry set to classic country music— like Joni Mitchell doing a Hank Williams thing. Runk’s soprano voice is like honey and her tunes are full of hooks.” —Tony Breed, CHIRP Radio

Katie Pruitt
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She / her
BIPOC false
Tennessee, United States
Americana
Pop-Country
Folk

With roots in folk music, Pruitt attributes growing up in the south of the United States as a key influence on her songwriting, both stylistically and thematically. Her music often deals with complex coming-of-age issues such as mental health, navigating toxic relationships, and questioning religious faith.[15] She describes the tension between coming out as a lesbian and growing up in a conservative household while attending Catholic school as the catalyst for using her music as a platform to speak openly and honestly about issues faced by LGBTQ youth. She has said in interviews that she hopes her music makes young people struggling with their sexuality feel less alone. - Wikipedia

Sam Rae
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She / her
BIPOC false
South Carolina, United States
Americana
Folk
Bluegrass

Sam Rae’s voice rings with the expansiveness of the Iowa prairie and the frankness of an old, trusted friend. Having studied classical cello in college, and subsequently veering toward a more free, improvisational approach, Rae spent time on the road as part of Brandi Carlile’s touring band. It was on the road that she began to find a songwriting style that she says felt like a “landing point,” in which she can really say something and mean it each time. - CQ Jessye DeSilva

Goldenchild
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Wiley Gaby, Jeffrey Doker
BIPOC false
New York, United States
Cosmic-Country
Americana

Brooklyn-based, Florida-born songwriters Wiley Gaby & Jeffrey Doker set out to carve a space where their seemingly disparate influences could meet, mingle, and ultimately blur genre lines to create beautiful new music. Influenced by classic country storytelling, melancholy pop melodies, and pretty things, the duo formed Goldenchild in the spring of 2014.

Julie Cira & The Wake
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Julie Cira, Alyssa Kai, James Walsh
BIPOC false
Massachusetts, United States
Americana
Indie-Folk
Singer-Songwriter

Julie Cira & The Wake are a queer, punk-at-heart alt-country/rock band based in western Massachusetts. The Wake released a self-titled EP in 2016 and a single, Reckless, in 2018. They are currently recording their first full-length album. For Bandcamp Daily, Jonathan Bernstein says, “Julie Cira’s music blends the melodicism of Lucinda Williams with the punk energy of Lydia Loveless."

SONiA disappear fear
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Sonia Rutstein
she / her
BIPOC false
Maryland, United States
Singer-Songwriter
Indie-Folk
Folk
Americana

One of the world's most successful LGBT singer-songwriters, SONiA disappear fear (Sonia Rutstein) is loved for her beautiful voice and songs that illuminate truth passionately delivered. Born in Baltimore and cruising relentlessly across the USA in the early 90s, SONiA has grown to be loved around the world. To hear her is to believe her.

Hen in the Foxhouse
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Elena Krell
she/they
BIPOC true
Nashville, TN
Indie-Folk
Singer-Songwriter
Cosmic-Country
Folk

Hen in the Foxhouse is the dream pop music project of Elena Krell, DIY maven, gender and sexuality studies professor, tarot reader and clairvoyant, and circus aerial artist. They grew up in Europe and Latin America and are currently found floating between Nashville, New York City, and the Hudson Valley.

Brothers Osborne
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TJ Osborne, John Osborne
BIPOC false
Tennessee, United States
Pop-Country
Classic-Country

Brothers Osborne is an American country music duo consisting of brothers T.J. Osborne (lead vocals) and John Osborne (lead guitar, background vocals), both natives of Deale, Maryland. The duo is signed to EMI Nashville and has released one self-titled extended play album and three studio albums: Pawn Shop, Port Saint Joe and Skeletons. Seven of their singles have charted on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, the highest peak belonging to "Stay a Little Longer", which charted at No. 4 on the former and No. 2 on the latter. The duo's albums were both produced by Jay Joyce, and consist largely of songs that both brothers wrote with a number of collaborators. Artists with whom they have worked include David Nail, Dierks Bentley, Lee Ann Womack, and Lucie Silvas, the last of whom is John's wife. The musical style of the duo takes influence from Southern rock, outlaw country, and neotraditional country. - Wikipedia

Maiah Wynne
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she / her
BIPOC false
Oregon, United States
Singer-Songwriter
Folk
Indie-Folk
Pop-Country

Maiah Wynne captivates audiences worldwide with the alluring and enigmatic duality present in her music. An award-winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Maiah delivers powerful and universally resonant lyrics with a hauntingly beautiful voice layered in sophisticated and emotive folk/pop soundscapes. Her vocal quality conveys a rare combination of opposing elements that contribute to a timeless and genuinely unique signature sound with wide appeal - simultaneously delicate and strong, light and dark, “pretty-but-raw.” (The Missoula Independent) In addition to finalizing her first full length album, Maiah’s currently collaborating on an EP with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Alex Lifeson of Rush, and Juno Award winner Andy Curran. Her numerous accolades include winning The Burl Audio Covid19 Songwriting Contest (2020), the International Music from the Moon Contest (2019), the Claim to Fame International Song Contest (2018), and the HATCH Groundbreaker Award for Music (2016). She has featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered (2019), at Sundance (2016), SXSW (2017), and in-studio on KEXP (2018), and has opened for artists and bands including Lucinda Williams, Dave Mathews, Tanya Tucker, Indigo Girls, Beth Ditto, Ruby Omanfu, Brandi Carlile, members of Thunderpussy and Pearl Jam, and Rising Appalachia. With a passion for social justice, Maiah has donated time and funding to organizations including the Arts Fund Seattle, Black Resilience Fund, First Aid Arts, Missing and Murdered Indigeneous Women USA, the Misool Foundation, NAACP, UNCUT Youth Programs, and WaterWatch.

Donnie Lee Strickland
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He / Him
BIPOC false
Arkansas, United States
Pop-Country
Classic-Country
Traditional

The undeniable Southern sound of Donnie Lee Strickland was born in North Carolina. Donnie was influenced by the music of George Strait, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Randy Travis, The Judds, and Reba McEntire, which inspired him to sing in church and perform in school plays and local festivals. Donnie has entertained crowds all over the United States with his rich baritone vocals, performing as a special guest on the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree in Nashville, TN, along with Grand Ole Opry stars Jan Howard and Jean Shepard. Donnie was a nominee for the Fan Choice award at the 2018 ICMA Awards, and was awarded the 2017 WOBA Song of the Year for "She's My Kind of Woman", the 2017 Josie Music Award for Modern Country Male Artist of the Year, and the 2018 Josie Music Award for Modern Country Male Entertainer of the Year and 2019 JMA Modern Country Male Vocalist of the Year.