Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Allison Russell will publish a memoir with Flatiron Books, Variety reports†
Russell’s book tells the story of her childhood, during which she experienced sexual and psychological abuse, and her career as a musician, which began in 2003 with the band Po’ Girl.
Russell released several albums with Po’ Girl and the band Birds of Chicago before making her solo debut last May with the autobiographical album outside child† She earned three Grammy nominations, one for Best Americana Album and two for her song “Nightflyer,” which is on the record.
Flatiron senior editor Bryn Clark said Russell’s writing “captivates and encapsulates humanity”.
“Allison opened herself to the world when she shared bits of her coming-of-age story in her album that left everyone wanting more,” Clark said. “Now she will tell the rest: growing up as an outsider in a violent white supremacist household, running away from home at age 15 and saving herself through music and the legacy of her black ancestors.”
Russell confirmed the news of the memoir on Instagram, to write, “Use my words in every possible way. Writing as if my daughter’s life depended on it. I couldn’t be in better hands. Being read, heard and seen and appreciated and supported is a gift I will never take for granted.”
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.