Iris Dement

Folk Singer

Iris Dement was born in Paragould, Arkansas, United States on January 5th, 1961 and is the Folk Singer. At the age of 63, Iris Dement biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 5, 1961
United States
Place of Birth
Paragould, Arkansas, United States
63 years old
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Singer, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter
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Iris Dement Life

Iris Luella DeMent (born January 5, 1961) is an American two-time Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter.

DeMent's musical style incorporates elements of folk, country, and gospel.

Early life

DeMent was born in Paragould, Arkansas, the 14th and youngest child of Pat DeMent (1910-1922) and his partner, Flora Mae (1918–2011). Iris' mother had hoped of heading to Nashville and beginning a singing career. Even though she delayed those plans in order to marry, her singing voice provided both inspiration and support for her youngest daughter Iris. DeMent was born in a Pentecostal household. When she was three, her family moved from Arkansas to the Los Angeles area. She was exposed to and inspired by country and gospel music as she grew up. Iris, who was rated as one of "the little DeMent sisters," had a bad experience during her first appearance, causing her not to perform in public for some time.

Personal life

DeMent married Elmer McCall in 1991, but the marriage ended in divorce.

Greg Brown was born in November 21, 2002, and she married him on November 21, 2002. They live in rural southeast Iowa with their adopted Russian-born daughter.


Iris Dement Career

Music and career

By a drive through a boarded-up Midwest town at the age of 25, DeMent was inspired to write "Our Town." "Exactly as it is now," she discovered that songwriting was her calling then and she knew it was now. During the closing scene of CBS's television show Northern Exposure's final episode (July 26, 1995), "Our Town" was played. Kate Rusby, Kate Brislin & Jody Stecher, and Trampled by Turtles have all recorded the song.

Infamous Angel, her first album, was released on the Rounder-Philo label in 1992 and explored such topics as religious skepticism, small-town life, and human frailty. Several artists, including 10,000 Maniacs and Alice Stuart, have covered "Let the Mysterious Be" in the film's opening scenes. A version of "Let the Mysteries" from the Transatlantic Sessions of HBO in the fall of 2015, replacing Max Richter's original "Main Title Theme," and it will once more be used as the series's opening theme.

She took the personal and introspective approach in her second album, My Life, which was released in 1994. The record was dedicated to her father, who died two years before. In the Best Contemporary Folk Album category, My Life was nominated for a Grammy Award.

The Way I Shoulder, DeMent's third album, was released in 1996. It features the protest song "Wasteland of the Free," DeMent's most political piece. It covers topics such as sexual harassment, faith, government policies, and Vietnam.

In 1997, DeMent performed the duet "Bell Bottomed Tear" as part of The Beautiful South's Much Later with Jools' Much Later Live Special.

The rock band Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris" was named after her in 1998. John Rzeznik, a singer and songwriter, had already written the lyrics to the song but was having trouble identifying it. DeMent was playing in town and thought her name was beautiful, so he decided to name it after her.

On his 1999 album In Spite of Ourselves, she sang four duets with John Prine, including the title track. She appeared in the 2000 film Songcatcher, as Rose Gentry and also on the soundtrack. Ralph Stanley & Friends' duet on "Ridin' That Midnight Train" was the beginning of his 2001 album, Clinch Mountain Sweethearts.

Lifeline, an album of gospel songs, was released in 2004. It contained 12 covers and one original composition ("He Reached Down"). It was her first album on Flariella Records, a brand she started herself and named after her mother. In the closing credits of Coen brothers' film True Grit, a reduced version of her version of "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" was later used. Sing the Delta, DeMent's first album of original songs in 16 years, on October 2, 2012.

DeMent has performed duets with Steve Earl and Emmylou Harris and is included on many other artists' albums. On Tulare Dust: A Songwriters' Tribute to Merle Haggard, she performed "Big City" by Merle Haggard. She has appeared on Garrison Keillor's radio show A Prairie Home Companion. "Pallbearer," a song from country artist Josh Turner's 2012 album Punching Bag, was contributed by DeMent's harmony vocals.

DeMent released The Trackless Woods, an album based on and inspired by Russian poet Anna Akhmatova's words on her own Flariella record label in 2015. She reunited with John Prine in 2016 for his second duets album For Better, or Worse, and appeared on two tracks. At the 2017 Americana Music Honors & Awards, DeMent was named winner of the American Trailblazer Award.


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