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Dar Williams - 91% match to Indigo Girls

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Dorothy Snowden Williams, 19 April 1967, Mount Kisco, New York, USA. Singer-songwriter Dar Williams first gained exposure by playing tiny church halls and cramped coffee houses on the small-town Massachusetts folk circuit. Her debut album, The Honesty Room, was released by Grapevine Records in 1995 and attracted immediate critical acclaim. Billboard magazine featured William Read more

Shawn Colvin - 71% match to Indigo Girls

Genres: Folk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Shanna Colvin, 10 January 1956, Vermillion, South Dakota, USA. A singer-songwriter in the tradition of her teen idol Joni Mitchell, Colvin was of considerable age before she recorded her first songs. Backed by fellow guitarist and songwriting partner John Leventhal (later a collaborator with Marc Cohn), her debut pulled together arresting material with an understated approac Read more

Melissa Etheridge - 69% match to Indigo Girls

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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29 May 1961, Leavenworth, Kansas, USA. Etheridge was still only a teenager when she began playing piano and guitar in various covers bands around Kansas. After this grounding she had a more formal training at the Berklee College Of Music before playing the club circuit around Boston, Massachusetts. However, it was after she relocated to Los Angeles and was spotted performing Read more

Mary Chapin Carpenter - 54% match to Indigo Girls

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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21 February 1958, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. Carpenter’s father was an executive for Life magazine, and she spent part of her early life living in Japan. She grew up with a love of contemporary pop hits, although her mother’s Woody Guthrie and Judy Collins records gave her some interest in country/folk music. She spent her time at home with her guitar, and her fat Read more

Patty Griffin - 53% match to Indigo Girls

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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16 March 1964, Old Town, Maine, USA. This US singer-songwriter made her name on the Boston/Cambridge folk scene in the mid-90s, leading to a major label recording contract with A&M Records. Griffin began writing songs as a teenager but at this point in her life was more interested in athletics than music. By the time she relocated to Boston she was married to musician Ni Read more

Natalie Merchant - 52% match to Indigo Girls

Genres: Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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26 October 1963, Jamestown, New York, USA. Having originally sung in a church choir, Merchant joined the highly regarded 10, 000 Maniacs in 1981 while studying at Jamestown Community College in New York. She would eventually leave that band over a decade later in 1992, three years before she made her solo bow. Merchant self-evidently relished the control afforded her by this Read more

Ani Difranco - 51% match to Indigo Girls

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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23 September 1970, Buffalo, New York State, USA. Prolific feminist singer-songwriter Ani (pronounced Ah-nee) DiFranco began performing at the age of nine, establishing her independence by living on her own from the age of 15 onwards. She released her initial recordings on her own Righteous Babe Records in 1990, quickly cultivating an identity through her visual appearance (p Read more

k.d. lang - 48% match to Indigo Girls

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Kathryn Dawn Lang, 2 November 1961, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She prefers the lower case appearance of her name because ‘it’s generic and unlike Cherry Bomb, it’s a name, not a sexuality’. This farmer’s daughter from Consort had become a skilled pianist and guitarist by adolescence and, on leaving school, scratched a living in the performing arts, c Read more

Brandi Carlile - 43% match to Indigo Girls

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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1 June 1981, Ravensdale, Washington, USA. This US artist progressed from early 00s independent recording artist to major label status with a series of well-crafted singer-songwriter albums.Raised in the rural township of Ravensdale, Carlile was inspired as a young girl by country and classic rock records. She began performing on country radio at the a Read more

10,000 Maniacs - 42% match to Indigo Girls

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US band originally comprised enigmatic vocalist Natalie Merchant (26 October 1963, Jamestown, New York, USA), backed by Robert Buck (b. 1958, Jamestown, New York, USA, d. 19 December 2000, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; guitar), John Lombardo (b. 30 September 1952; guitar), Dennis Drew (b. 8 August 1957; keyboards) and Steven Gustafson (b. 10 April 1957; bass). Merchant Read more

Jill Sobule - 41% match to Indigo Girls

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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3 July 1961, Denver, Colorado, USA. A singer-songwriter who has frequently been compared with Tori Amos, Sobule studied international affairs at the University of Colorado but dropped out to concentrate on a career in music. She made a low-key debut in 1990 with Things Here Are Different, which was produced by Todd Rundgren. A second album, produced by Joe Jackson, was lost Read more

Duncan Sheik - 39% match to Indigo Girls

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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18 November 1969, Montclair, New Jersey, USA. Sheik grew up in South Carolina and New Jersey, learning to play the piano and guitar. He played with Lisa Loeb while studying at Brown University, and later appeared with His Boy Elroy on a 1993 album for Epic Records. Sheik recorded his debut Atlantic Records album in 1996 - a suite of songs that was dominated by the recent end Read more

Erin McKeown - 39% match to Indigo Girls

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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15 October 1977, Fredricksburg, Virginia, USA. One of a growing number of US singer-songwriters who refuse to be limited by rigid musical categorisations, McKeown’s songs draw on a wide spectrum of traditional American styles. She learned to play piano, guitar, and drums as a youngster, and was writing her own material in her early teens. It was while studying Ethnomusi Read more

Paula Cole - 39% match to Indigo Girls

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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5 April 1968, Rockport, Massachusetts, USA. Singer-songwriter Cole launched her career with the spirited, persuasive Harbinger set for Imago Records in July 1994. Among several notable tracks was the high-impact single, ‘I Am So Ordinary’, which forcefully dealt with Cole’s low self-esteem problems. However, its potential impact was scuppered when Imago lost i Read more

Sarah McLachlan - 39% match to Indigo Girls

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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28 January 1968, Bedford, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan has featured on the Canadian folk scene since she was a 20-year-old, and through a series of well-received albums and tours has blossomed into a well-rounded folk rock artist and a confident live performer. Her third album, 1993’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, was produced by Daniel La Read more


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