Born in Birmingham, Alabama on December 31, 1930
Singer, Actress, Civil Rights Activist
Singer, actress, civil rights activist, and folk music legend Odetta is one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century. She has toured the world singing folk, blues, Negro spirituals, jazz, and work and protest songs, telling the stories of America’s southern experience. Her 1950s and 1960s classic recordings of He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands, Amazing Grace, and This Little Light of Mine became folk and spiritual classics throughout the world. Deeply moving her audiences with a message of hope, love, and social change, Odetta is credited with inspiring some of the great performers of the second half of the 20th century—Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, Janis Joplin, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Joan Baez. Tracy Chapman and Joan Armatrading are among her notable “musical daughters.”
Whatever happened to Odetta?