WATCH THE “YOU’RE NOT ALONE” FEATURING BRANDI CARLILE VISUALIZER HERE
Today, Allison Russell has shared a new single “You’re Not Alone” featuring Brandi Carlile. Written and produced by Russell, “You’re Not Alone” is an inspiring meditation on the power of ancestral strength and the essential nature of community. The track’s exquisite string arrangement is performed by Sista Strings: Monique Ross, Chauntee Ross, and Larissa Maestro. (The song originally appeared on Our Native Daughters’ acclaimed 2019 debut album.) Listen to “You’re Not Alone” featuring Brandi Carlile: HERE. Watch the track’s visualizer: HERE.
Russell will join Carlile on several tour dates throughout the summer and fall including two nights at Red Rocks on September 9th and 10th. Both Russell and Carlile recently performed with Joni Mitchell at her historic Newport Folk Festival set.
Allison Russell on “You’re Not Alone” featuring Brandi Carlile:
We are not alone.
We are not what we have lost.
We are more than the sum of our scars.
We are the dust of the stars, the bones of the Earth, the breath of the void, the expanse of our imaginations, the arc of art, the love in our hearts.
We lift each other up.
We are the “Beloved Community” every time we choose to be. Our Circle is battered and bloody but still, whole. None above, none below— our one human family— equal under the listening sky.
I believe what Alice Walker wrote:
“We are the ones we have been waiting for.”
Every child deserves to be loved and protected. Our families with LGBTQIA+ parents are just as precious.
No one should be forced into the sacred role of parenthood against their will.
Human Rights are worth fighting for.
We’ve come a long way but we must go farther still.
I am grateful to my chosen family, Brandi Carlile, for singing “You’re Not Alone” with me, for inspiring me everyday, for elevating everything, for leading the way.
We will not be turned back.
Love & Revolution
On her debut solo album, the critically acclaimed Outside Child (produced by Dan Knobler), Allison Russell, the poet, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist and co-founder of Our Native Daughters and Birds of Chicago, unpacks her youth in searing detail. She sings about deliverance and redemption, about the places, people and realizations that helped her survive and claim her freedom. “It’s an album of strength and affirmation, not victimization,” said The New York Times in their profile on Russell. Following the release of Outside Child, Russell performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Ellen, Late Night With Stephen Colbert, CBS This Morning Saturday, made her Opry debut and appeared at the Country Music Hall of Fame. She also performed at the 2022 GRAMMY’s Premiere Ceremony and is set to make her Austin City Limits debut on October 22nd.
For Russell, and Outside Child, the accolades continue to mount. They include three 2022 Americana Award nominations, two International Folk Music Award wins, 2022 Juno nomination for ‘Songwriter of the Year,’ and her first-ever Juno Award win for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year. Last year, Russell received two 2021 Americana Awards nominations, won three Canadian Folk Music Awards, two UK Americana Music Awards, and was nominated for three GRAMMY Awards (her first ever GRAMMY nods).
Russell also announced a book deal with Flatiron/MacMillan for her debut novel, a memoir based on her life and the material that inspired Outside Child.
Allison Russell is on tour throughout North America, the UK and Europe throughout 2022. Highlights include a run of dates opening for Carlile and dates with Nathaniel Rateliff. A full list of tour dates can be found HERE.
Purchase/Listen to Outside Child: HERE.
“You’re Not Alone”
Written and produced by Allison Russell
Strings arranged by Larissa Maestro & SistaStrings ( Monique & Chauntee Ross)
Performed by ( in alphabetical order by first name)
Allison Russell: banjo, vocals
Brandi Carlile: vocals
Chauntee Ross: violin, vocals
Larissa Maestro: cello, vocals
Megan Coleman: drums & percussion
Megan McCormick: electric guitar, vocals
Monique Ross: cello, vocals
Recorded at Moxe in Nashville, TN
Producer: Allison Russell
Executive Producer: Carissa Stolting & Unmanageable
Engineered by Ebonie Smith
Assisted by Jordan Hamlin
Mixed by Brandon Bell
Mastered by Paul Blakemore
OUTSIDE CHILD AWARD NOMINATIONS & WINS*
2021 Americana Music Awards – Emerging Act of the Year
2021 Polaris Prize – Long List
2022 Canadian Folk Awards – Contemporary Album of the Year*
2022 Canadian Folk Awards – Songwriter of the Year*
2022 Canadian Folk Awards – Emerging Artist of the Year*
2022 Canadian Folk Awards – Pushing Boundaries Award Nominee
2022 UK Americana Awards – International Artist of the Year*
2022 UK Americana Awards – International Album of the Year*
2022 GRAMMY Awards – Americana Album of the Year
2022 GRAMMY Awards – Best American Roots Performance
2022 GRAMMY Awards – Best American Roots Song (“Nightflyer”)
2022 JUNO Awards – Songwriter of the Year
2022 JUNO Awards – Contemporary Roots Album of the Year*
2022 Americana Music Awards – Artist of the Year
2022 Americana Music Awards – Album of the Year
2022 Americana Music Awards – Song of the Year (“Persephone”)
2022 International Folk Music Awards – Artist of the Year*
2022 International Folk Music Awards – Album of the Year*