Iris DeMent

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Drama Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": country folk singer-songwriter americana alt-country female vocalists Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Biography

5 January 1961, Paragould, Arkansas, USA. A singer-songwriter based in Kansas City, via California, Nashville, and originally the rural regions of Arkansas, USA, DeMent made her initial impact in 1991. Her early influences included gospel, Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash, but she was 25 years of age before she began to write her own songs, and 30 when her debut album was released.

DeMent grew up close to the Tennessee and Missouri borders, the youngest of 14 children in a farming family. Finances eventually forced the DeMents to settle first in Long Beach, Los Angeles, when she was three, and then Anaheim. Her mother’s ambition had always been to sing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville (a fact later recalled in the song ‘Mama’s Opry’ on her debut album) and the family had its own singing sessions. Indeed, one of her sisters, Faye DeMent, recorded two country/gospel albums. Iris moved to Nashville when she was 25 and embarked...

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