Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash is to be honored by the New Haven International Festival of Arts & Ideas. The renowned Americana and country artist is to receive the festival’s Visionary Leadership Award on Tuesday, 26 February, for what the Connecticut event refers to as her “trailblazing work” in music.
The Visionary Leadership Award was established in 2010 in honor of Jean Handley, one of the three women who co-founded Arts & Ideas in 1996. Previous honorees include the poet Claudia Rankine, journalist Sheryl WuDunn, singer and Goodwill ambassador Angélique Kidjo and Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi.
Most of the winners had appeared at the festival, which will be held in June this year. Cash performed ‘The List,’ her songs-and-stories tribute to her father Johnny Cash, on New Haven Green as the closing act of the festival in 2012.
The New Haven Festival took to Twitter to share the news, writing: “We are so excited to honor @rosannecash as this year’s Visionary Leadership Award winner. Come help us honor her for using her powerful voice to weigh in on America’s most pressing issues. Tues, Feb 26th @OmniHotels New Haven #artsideas.”
Cash receives the award in the wake of her acclaimed recent album, She Remembers Everything, which was released through Blue Note Records on 2 November 2018. The record’s subject matter largely deals with the state of the US, feminism, mortality and — in one poignant song – gun violence, told stirringly from the perspective of the victim’s family.
“I have a lot to say right now, and it’s all from a feminine, capital F, point of view,” the singer and activist told Billboard in an interview promoting the album’s release.
She Remembers Everything is the follow-up to Cash’s triple Grammy-winning, Southern-themed The River & The Thread from 2014. As the artist told Billboard, she opted to make a “songwriter record,” as a vehicle to express everything she wanted to say about a world that may have only aged chronologically four years in real time since The River & the Thread’s release, but in some ways feels decades removed from then and more divided.
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