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Allison Russell

For Allison, music became an outlet to escape her troubled home.

Allison Russell by Dana Trippe

For Allison, music became an outlet to escape her troubled home.

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Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Allison Russell was born in Montreal, where music became an outlet to escape her troubled home.

From that early interest, Russell joined the Canadian roots act Po'Girl in the early aughts.

Eventually, she began collaborating with her future husband, Chicago-based singer/songwriter J.T. Nero, on his project mountains/forests until the pair eventually formed their own duo, Birds of Chicago, in 2012.

They released several albums together until Birds of Chicago went on indefinite hiatus in 2021, as Russell turned her attention to her solo career with the release of her debut solo album Outside Child.

Russell is also a member of Our Native Daughters, alongside Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah and Leyla McCalla. The group released their debut album, Songs of Our Native Daughters, in 2019.

In 2023, Russell released