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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 mothers ambition had always been to sing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville (a fact later recalled in the song Mamas 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...