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Rhiannon Giddens channels 'voices that need to be heard' on 'Freedom Highway'

Rhiannon Giddens channels 'voices that need to be heard' on 'Freedom Highway'

Singer Rhiannon Giddens was perplexed last week when she picked up the phone and was congratulated for her role in a song that picked up a major award nomination.

It was several days after the 2017 Grammy Awards ceremony, where she was nominated twice but failed to take home a trophy.

Yet the Academy of Country Music just unveiled a song of the year nomination for Eric Church’s current top-10 country hit, “Kill A Word,” which prominently features Giddens voice.  Those awards will be handed out April 2 in Las Vegas.

“Oh!” she said with surprise, “I didn’t know that. I’m just happy to have been able to put my voice on it. They were very gracious to put my...

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