Amythyst Kiah, whose rock inflected country compositions redefine the limits of roots music to represent the influence of black musicians, will play a selection of songs including her breakout hit, Black Myself, from the highly acclaimed recording Songs of Our Native Daughters, which also featured Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla and Allison Russell. In a brief interview with NMAAHC leadership, Kiah will discuss her identity as a queer African American country singer, her highly anticipated album, Wary and Strange, and her belief that music helps her listeners recognize the intersection of historic and contemporary social justice challenges.

Amythyst Kiah is a graduate of East Tennessee State University, where she completed the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program. She is a member of Our Native Daughters. Her single “Black Myself” from Songs of Our Native Daughters was nominated for a Grammy. Her debut album, Wary + Strange, will be released in June 2021.

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