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BIRTHDAY: September 23, 1970
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BIGGEST LP: Little Plastic Castle (1998)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 0

 
TIMELINE

Ani DiFrancobutton.gif (123 bytes) Ani DiFranco was born September 23, 1970, and grew up in the Buffalo, New York area ("...where everybody loads boxes on trucks"). Ani's describes her upbringing as middle-class and typical until her teens when her parent's unemployment and eventual divorce left Ani deciding to support herself at the age of 15 ("....it was just kind of like, well, do you want to live with your dad, or you want to go move to the woods with your mom? So I just get a little apartment and make do..."). While doing odd jobs and finishing school, Ani also began playing and creating her music (Ani had been playing the guitar since age 9). Ani later told Interview: "When I made my first tape, I did get interest from another indie label, but I thought, 'Do I want to rich and famous? No, I just want a job, so I'll be my own record company.'" Although Ani's fame has grown over the 90s, she continues to remain true to original roots of lyrically- (and often politically) strong music.

1990...

Ani DiFranco LPbutton.gif (123 bytes) Ani's desire to mix her independence and her music led her to create her first LP, Ani DiFranco, and self-distribute the work through her own Righteous Babe Records. Ani's fanbase began to slowly grow as she toured small clubs around the U.S. With Righteous Babe Records, Ani earns twice as much per CD sold as most major music artists.

1991...

Ani DiFranco - Not So Softbutton.gif (123 bytes) Ani released Not So Soft which highlighted her versatile guitar skills.

1992...

button.gif (123 bytes) Ani released Imperfectly.

1993...

Ani DiFranco - Puddle Drive button.gif (123 bytes) Ani released Puddle Dive.

1994...

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Ani released Out Of Range. Option said of Ani, "...(she) should be out in the big leagues, but major-label hype would kill her fragile balance between activism and self-revelation..."

1995...

June
Ani DiFranco - Not A Pretty Girlbutton.gif (123 bytes) Ani released Not A Pretty Girl and found herself gaining more and more attention from mainstream music journalists with the track "The Million You Never Made," "Shy," and "Light Of Some Kind."
button.gif (123 bytes) Rolling Stone said of Ani: "...few have done battle with vigor, determination and brooding honesty of Ani DiFranco, a talented and fiercely independent singer/songwriter..."

1996...

May
Ani DiFranco - Dilatebutton.gif (123 bytes) Ani released Dilate.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Ani released the EP, More Joy Less Shame, which contained live and alternate versions from previous LPs.

1997...

April
Ani DiFranco - Living In Clipbutton.gif (123 bytes) Ani released Living In Clip - a double live LP recording and she also contributed vocals to Bruce Cockburn's LP.

button.gif (123 bytes) Ani toured North America with Bob Dylan.

1998...

February
Ani DiFranco - Little Plastic Castlebutton.gif (123 bytes) Ani was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance - Female ("Shy").
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Little Plastic Castle was released. Rolling Stone described the LP as "...a clever, thoughtful, relatively quiet record that gets better with every spin..." She also surprised many of her fans when she got married during the spring.

button.gif (123 bytes) Ani also hit the pop charts in a roundabout way when an interpretation of her song "32 Flavors" became a hit for newcomer, Alana Davis.

1999...

January
Ani DiFranco - Up Up Up Up Up Upbutton.gif (123 bytes) Ani next LP, Up Up Up Up Up Up, was released and the self-produced LP is said to be stripped-down and simple with a dose of funk. She told SonicNet: "I think that I have more and more musical ideas as I get older. Basically, I just have more ideas about a lot of things. I feel like I've only really just started my personal, musical, journey... I come from folk music... and I think that my sound in the beginning was folk-oriented.. finger-picking and singing verse-chorus-verse... and I think that my mind is just starting to go in its own, new little directions..."

February
Ani DiFrancobutton.gif (123 bytes) Ani was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance - Female ("Glass House").

button.gif (123 bytes) Ani won the OutMusic Award at the Gay/Lesbian American Music Awards (GLAMA) and was also nominated for Best Rock/Alternative Song ("Little Plastic Castle") and Female Artist of the Year.

May
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Fellow Workers was released.

June
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VH1: 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll includes Ani at # 90.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Ani DiFranco - To The TeethTo The Teeth was released.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Ani appeared at a benefit honoring actress, Susan Sarandon in New York.

2000...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Ani embarked on a world tour starting in Japan and travelling through Australia and eventually the U.S. in April.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Ani was nominated for a
Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance - Female ("Jukebox") and Best Contemporary Folk Album (Fellow Workers).
button.gif (123 bytes) Ani was nominated for a Gibson Guitar Award for Best Acoustic Guitarist (Female).

March
Ani DiFranco - Swing Setbutton.gif (123 bytes) Ani toured with Gillian Welch and Greg Brown at smaller venues.

June
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Swing Set and toured in the fall.

2001...

April
Ani DiFranco - Revelling/Reckoningbutton.gif (123 bytes) Ani released Revelling/Reckoning - a 2 CD set with 29 tracks.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Ani cancelled an appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman after she was unable to perform the song "Subdividion" (a song about racism from
Revelling/Reckoning) on the show.

2002...

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Ani gave a benefit concert in New York for Buffalo's performing arts high school where she attended.


Ani DiFranco - So Much Shouting So Much Laughterbutton.gif (123 bytes) Ani's next LP, So Much Shouting So Much Laughter, was released - a collection of live recordings from her US tour of this year. Included on the LP is the track "Self Evident" which Ani wrote about the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

2003..

February
Ani DiFranco - Evolvebutton.gif (123 bytes) Ani began touring with Bob Dylan in Australia and New Zealnd.

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Ani released
Evolve.

2004..

January
Ani DiFranco - Educated Guessbutton.gif (123 bytes) Ani released Educated Guess. The LP featured Ani on all the instruments as well as backing vocals.

2005...

January
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Knuckledown.

February
Ani DiFranco - Knuckledownbutton.gif (123 bytes) Ani was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album (Educated Guess).

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Ani could be heard on
Cyndi Lauper's LP The Body Acoustic on the tracks "I'll Be Your River" and "Sisters Of The Avalon."

2006..

February
Ani DiFranco - Reprievebutton.gif (123 bytes) Ani was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package (as art director with Brian Grunert for Knuckledown).

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Ani released Reprieve (Billboard peak: # 46 - Entertainment Weekly: A).

2007..

February
Ani DiFranco - Canonbutton.gif (123 bytes) Ani was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package (awarded to art directors) (Reprieve with Brian Grunert).

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Ani released
Canon (Billboard peak: # 89).

2008..

September
Ani DiFranco - Red Letter Yearbutton.gif (123 bytes) Ani released her next LP Red Letter Year (Billboard peak: # 55).
(available at
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2012....

January
Ani DiFranco - 'Which Side Are You On'button.gif (123 bytes) Ani released Which Side Are You On.









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