Through her music and writing, Rosanne Cash seeks to connect, find community and create.

Why you should listen

Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash has released 15 albums of extraordinary songs, earning four Grammys and 12 additional nominations. She's also the author of four books including the best-selling memoir Composed, which the Chicago Tribune called "one of the best accounts of an American life you'll likely ever read." Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Oxford American, The Nation and many more print and online publications. A new book, Bird on a Blade, was recently published by UT Press, combining images by acclaimed artist Dan Rizzie with Cash's lyrics.

In addition to regular touring, Cash has partnered in programming collaborations with Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, SFJAZZ, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Library of Congress. She is currently artist-in-residence at New York University. In 2017-2018, she was a resident artistic director at SF JAZZ and has continued her partnership with them since. Along with many other honors and awards, Cash received the 2021 Edward MacDowell Medal, awarded since 1960 to an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to American culture. She is the first woman composer to receive this prestigious honor.

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