Several more esteemed records followed, including 1000 Kisses and Downtown Church, which won a Grammy Award. Griffin has performed with Emmylou Harris and Robert Plant, and released the record American Kid in 2013, dedicated to her dad. She found her passion for singing in the age of 12, somewhat determined by her mom’s own singing as well as the sounds of the Beatles, Aretha Franklin as well as the Staple Singers. She began crafting tunes using a guitar as a teenager and eventually relocated to Boston, Massachusetts, where she was employed as a waiter while wed.
Griffin divorced in the early ’90s and elected to continue a music career, performing at coffeehouses and making a demo of work. A stripped down version was launched under A&M records as Griffin’s identifying 1996 debut, Living With Ghosts. Her next full length record, Flaming Red, was released two years after, offering a more raucous and sonically different sound than its forerunner.
With label amalgamations leaving one of Griffin’s records unreleased, she came back in 2002 with 1000 Kisses, a Grammy Award-nominated record with stone like “Long Ride Home,” chronicling a mourner’s reflections, as well as the Spanish language “Mil Besos.” The live record A Kiss in Time followed the following year. Griffin became known for her emotionally charged voice as well as a writing style that showcased graphic storytelling.
Griffin went to release the records Impossible Dream (2004) and Kids Running Through (2007), using the latter receiving a greatest record acknowledgement in the Americana Music Association. Griffith subsequently created an album of gospel covers having a piece of authentic content, record tunes in a Presbyterian church in Nashville, Tennessee. The acclaimed attempt, Downtown Church (2010), won a Grammy for best traditional gospel record.
Griffin has performed with the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin and Dar Williams, amongst others, and her tunes are hailed and covered by means of various state and pop musicians. She was a featured performer on Robert Plant’s 2010 record, Band of Joy, also going on tour. One track in the record, “Go Wherever You Wanna Go,” takes on a liberation doctrine to the passing of someone you care about.