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Amythyst Kiah is reinventing her music and herself!
The Tennessee-native folk artist recently released a new rendition of Grammy-nominated song “Black Myself,” which she originally recorded in 2019 as part of the group Our Native Daughters.
The songwriter shares that reimagining the single in 2021 is a way for her to continue the conversation around racism in America.
“Right now, there is an unprecedented and sustained interest in mainstream media in regards to systemic oppression and race relations in our country,” Kiah tells PEOPLE. “It was important to me to include ‘Black Myself’ on my solo record because I want to push this conversation forward as much as I can.”
Other songs Kiah has with Our Native Daughters, which has all women of color band members, are hits like “I Knew I Could Fly,” written by Leyla McCalla and Allison Russell.
Kiah says that being a proud Black, queer woman in folk music has allowed her to heal and be her true self.
“I was in the closet for years out of fear of rejection, because why add another layer to my struggle,” says Kiah. “But, in fact, I was only standing in my own way, and now that I’m able to live my truth without fear and to see the open support of so many artists and fans, I’m no longer afraid of negativity or backlash.”
Kiah plans to release her new album later this year —
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