Iris DeMent Bio, Wiki, Singer, Age, Education, Family, Children, Husband, Net Worth, and Career

Iris DeMent Biography

Iris DeMent is an American singer and songwriter born on 5th January 1961 in Paragould, Arkansas, U.S. Her musical style includes elements of folk, country, and gospel.

Iris DeMent Age

She is 62 years old as of 2022. DeMent was born on January 5, 1961, in Paragould, Arkansas, U.S. She celebrates her birthday on the 5th of January every year.

Iris DeMent Education

She has not disclosed information on where she attended High School or College/ University. The information will however be updated as soon as it is available.

Iris DeMent Height

She stands on an average height of 5 Feet 4 inches and weighs around 60kgs.

Iris DeMent Family

She was born to Pat DeMent (father) and Flora Mae (mother). Her father had married two wives. DeMent is the youngest child of Pat DeMent with his second wife. she is the 14th child of Pat DeMent and Flora Mae’s eighth child. She was raised in a Pentecostal household.

Iris DeMent Husband

She was married to Elmer McCall in 1991 but they divorced. She was engaged to another husband Greg Brown on November 21, 2002. The couples live in rural southeast Iowa.

Iris DeMent children

She has one adopted, Russian-born daughter. She has not revealed information regarding her kid. This information is currently under review and will be updated soon.

Iris DeMent Career

DeMent started singing when she was five years old. She was inspired to write her first song “Our Town” by a drive through a boarded-up Midwest town, at the age of 25. The song lyrics came to her “exactly as it is now”, without need for re-writing, and she realized then that songwriting was her calling in life. “Our Town” was played during the closing scene for the final episode (July 26, 1995) of CBS’s television series Northern Exposure. The song has been recorded by Kate Brislin and Jody Stecher.

She released her first album, Infamous Angel, which was released in 1992 on the Rounder-Philo label and explored such themes as religious skepticism, small-town life, and human frailty. “Let the Mystery Be” has been covered by a number of artists, including 10,000 Maniacs and Alice Stuart, and was used in the opening scenes of the film Little Buddha. In the fall of 2015, a version of “Let the Mystery Be” from the Transatlantic Sessions became the musical theme for the opening credits of the HBO series The Leftovers, replacing the original “Main Title Theme” composed by Max Richter, and it would once again serve as the opening theme for the series finale.

Iris DeMent Singer

She released her second album, My Life, which was released in 1994, she continued with the personal and introspective approach. The record is dedicated to her father, who died two years earlier. She said her Life was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Contemporary Folk Album category. the third album, The Way I Should, was released in 1996. Featuring the protest song “Wasteland of the Free”, it is DeMent’s most political work. It covers topics such as sexual abuse, religion, government policy, and Vietnam. She sang the duet “Bell Bottomed Tear” as part of The Beautiful South’s Much Later with Jools live special in 1997.

In 1998 she released another song of Iris by the rock band Goo Goo Dolls was named after her. Singer and songwriter John Rzeznik had already written the lyrics to the song but was having a problem naming it. He opened up the LA Weekly and noticed that she was playing in town and thought her name was beautiful and then decided to name it after her. The singer and songwriter John Rzeznik had already written the lyrics to the song but was having a problem naming it. He opened up the LA Weekly and noticed that DeMent was playing in town and thought her name was beautiful and then decided to name it after her. She sang four duets with John Prine on his 1999 album In Spite of Ourselves, including the title track.

Iris DeMent Achievements

She appeared in the 2000 film Songcatcher, playing the character Rose Gentry and singing on the soundtrack as well. Her duet with Ralph Stanley on “Ridin’ That Midnight Train” was the opening track on his 2001 album, Clinch Mountain Sweethearts: Ralph Stanley & Friends. In 2004, she released Lifeline, an album of gospel songs. It included 12 covers and one original composition (“He Reached Down”). It was the first album she released on Flariella Records, a label she started herself and named after her mother. A shortened version of her rendition of “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” was later used in the closing credits of the Coen brothers’ film True Grit. On October 2, 2012, DeMent released her first album of original songs in 16 years, Sing the Delta.

She sang duets with Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris and is featured on the albums of many other performers. DeMent sang the Merle Haggard song “Big City” on Tulare Dust: A Songwriters’ Tribute to Merle Haggard. She has made frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor’s radio show A Prairie Home Companion. DeMent contributed harmony vocals to “Pallbearer”, a song from country artist Josh Turner’s 2012 album Punching Bag. In 2015, she released the song of Trackless Woods an album based upon and inspired by the words of Russian poet, Anna Akhmatova on her own Flariella record label. She reunited with John Prine in 2016 for his second duet album For Better, or Worse, and performed on two tracks. she received the Americana Trailblazer Award at the 2017 Americana Music Honors & Awards.

Iris DeMent Songs

  • Let The Mystery Be
    Infamous Angel · 1992
  • Leaning On The Everlasting Arms
    Lifeline · 2004
  • Our Town
    Infamous Angel · 1992
  • Mama’s Opry
    Infamous Angel · 1992
  • Wasteland of the Free
    The Way I Should · 1996
  • No Time to Cry
    My Life · 1994
  • Easy’s Gettin’ Harder Every Day
    My Life · 1994
  • Sweet Is The Melody
    My Life · 1994
  • When My Mornin’ Comes Around
    The Way I Should · 1996
  • After You’re Gone
    Infamous Angel · 1992
  • Go On Ahead and Go Home
    Sing the Delta · 2012
  • He Reached Down
    Lifeline · 2004
  • I Don’t Want To Get Adjusted
    Lifeline · 2004
  • These Hills
    Infamous Angel · 1992
  • The Shores of Jordan
    My Life · 1994
  • The Night I Learned How Not to Pray
    Sing the Delta · 2012
  • You’ve Done Nothing Wrong
    My Life · 1994
  • God Walks The Dark Hills
    Lifeline · 2004
  • Childhood Memories 1994
  • Pretty Saro
  • Fifty Miles of Elbow Room 1992
  • Sweet Forgiveness 1992
  • Hotter Than Mojave in M… 1992
  • I Never Shall Forget The… 2004
  • Fill My Way With Love 2004
  • Mom & Dad’s Waltz 1994
  • Out of the Fire 2012
  • When Love Was Young 1992
  • I’ve Got That Old Time R… 2004
  • Walki’n Home 1996
  • That Glad Re union 2004
  • There’s a Wall in Washington

Iris DeMent Albums

  • Wounded Heart Of Am.. 2007
  • Crown Jewels 1998
  • Live At The Freight & Sa.. 2017
  • Live in Our town 2016
  • Infamous Angel 1992
  • My Life 1994
  • Sing the Delta 2012 The Way I Should 1996
  • Lifeline 2004
  • Wounded Heart Of Am.. 2007
  • The Trackless Woods 2015
  • Bleecker Street Gree.. 1999
  • I’m a Lonesome 1967
  • Let The Mystery Be (Rem.. 2016)

Iris DeMent Tour

  • Fri, 1 Mar
    Omaha, NE, United States
    The Waiting Room Lounge
  • Fri, 22 Mar
    Jasper, IN, United States
    Astra Theatre
  • Sat, 23 Mar
    St. Louis, MO, United States
    The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries
  • Fri, 17 May
    Fort Collins, CO, United States
    Armory Event Center
  • Sat, 18 May
    Fort Collins, CO, United States
    Armory Event Center
  • Sun, 30 Jun
    Holyoke, MA, United States
    Gateway City Arts, Office Information
  • Sat, 5 Oct
    Bethlehem, NH, United States
    The Colonial Theatre

Iris DeMent Other contributions

  • 1994: various artists – Tulare Dust: A Songwriter’s Tribute to Merle Haggard (Hightone) – track 2: “Big City”
  • 1997: various artists – The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute (Egyptian / Columbia) – track 10: “Hobo Bill’s Last Ride”
  • 1997: various artists – Folk Live from Mountain Stage (Blue Plate) – track 3: “Sweet is the Melody” (live)
  • 1997: various artists – KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 5 (KGSR) – track 1-10: “Let the Mystery Be” (live)
  • 1998: various artists – The Horse Whisperer: Songs from and inspired by the Motion Picture (MCA Nashville) – track 11: “Whispering Pines”
  • 1998: various artists – The Folkscene Collection: From the Heart of Studio A (Red House) – “Our Town” (live in KPFK Studios)
  • 1998: various artists – Real: The Tom T. Hall Project (Sire) – track 8: I Miss a Lot of Trains
  • 1999: various artists – Bleecker Street: Greenwich Village In The 60’s (Astor Place) – track 5: “Pack Up Your Sorrows” (with Loudon Wainwright III)
  • 2001: various artists – Songcatcher: Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture (Vanguard) – track 2: “Pretty Saro”
  • 2002: various artists – Going Driftless: An Artist’s Tribute to Greg Brown (Red House) – track 3: “The Train Carrying Jimmie Rodgers Home”
  • 2002: various artists – WYEP Live & Direct: Volume 4 – On Air Performances
  • 2007: various artists – Transatlantic Sessions 3 (Volume 1) (Whirlie) – track 12: “There’s a Whole Lot of Heaven”

Iris DeMent Composer

  • 1998: The Caravans – Glamorous Heart Motel Blues (Fury) – track 1: “Our Town”
  • 2000: Grace Griffith – Minstrel Song (Blix Street) – track 2: “My Life”
  • 2001: Joel RL Phelps and the Downer Trio – Inland Empires (12XU) – track 3: “Calling For You”; track 7, “My Life”
  • 2002: Aselin Debison – Sweet is the Melody (Odyssey Records) – track 1: “Sweet is the Melody”
  • 2002: John Wright – Dangerous Times (Big Sky) – track 1: “When My Mornin’ Comes Around”
  • 2007: Doug Cox – Canadian Borderline (Malahat Mountain) – track 2: “Let The Mystery Be”
  • 2012: Megan Reilly – The Well (Carrot Top) – track 8: “After You’re Gone”
  • 2017: Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Best Troubador (Domino) – track 18: “No Time To Cry”

Iris DeMent Appearance

  • 1990: Emmylou Harris – Brand New Dance (Reprise) – “Wheels of Love”; “Brand New Dance” (harmony vocals)
  • 1990: Jann Browne – Tell Me Why (WEA/Atlantic/Curb Records) – Lovebird (harmony vocal)
  • 1991: Jann Browne – It Only Hurts When I Laugh – unknown track(s)
  • 1993: Nanci Griffith – Other Voices, Other Rooms (Elektra) – “Ten Degrees and Getting Colder”; “Are You Tired of Me My Darling?” (harmony vocal)
  • 1994: Tom Paxton – Wearing the Time (Sugar Hill) – “Along the Verdigris” (backing vocal)
  • 1997: The Beautiful South – Liar’s Bar CD single (A&M/GO! Discs Ltd) – “You’ve Done Nothing Wrong” (harmony vocal, “Later With Jools Holland”, live)
  • 1997: Tom Russell – The Long Way Around (Hightone) – track 3: “Big Water”; track 17: “Box of Visions” (duets)
  • 1998: Randy Scruggs – Crown of Jewels (Reprise) – “Wildwood Flower” (duet with Emmylou Harris); “City of New Orleans” (backing vocal)
  • 1998: Jeff Black – Birmingham Road (BMG/Arista) – “Ghosts in the Graveyard” (backing vocal); a second unknown track
  • 1999: John Prine – In Spite of Ourselves (Oh Boy) – track 1: “(We’re Not) The Jet Set”; track 9: “Let’s Invite Them Over”; track 12: “We Could”; track 14: “In Spite of Ourselves” (duets)
  • 1999: Tom Russell – The Man from God Knows Where (Hightone) – “Wayfarin’ Stranger” (lead vocal); “Patrick Russell” (duet with Tom Russell); “Ambrose Larsen” (duet with Sondre Bratland); “Acres of Corn” (lead vocal); “The Old Rugged Cross” (duet with Kari Bremnes); “When Irish Girls Grow Up” (duet with Dolores Keane); “Throwin’ Horseshoes at the Moon” (duet with Tom Russell); “Wayfarin’ Stranger (revisited)” (lead vocal); “Love Abides” (duet with Tom Russell)
  • 1999: Steve Earle and The Del McCoury Band – The Mountain (E-Squared) – track 4: “I’m Still in Love with You” (duet with Steve Earle)
  • 2001: Delbert McClinton – Nothing Personal (New West Records) – “Birmingham Tonight” (harmony vocal)
  • 2001: Keith Sykes – Don’t Count Us Out (Syren Records) – “It’s Just You”; “Lavender Blue” (duets)
  • 2001: Ralph Stanley and Friends – Clinch Mountain Sweethearts (Rebel) – track 1: “Ridin’ That Midnight Train”; track 11: “Trust Each Other” (duets)
  • 2002: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Volume III (Capitol) – track 1-05, “Mama’s Opry” (lead vocal)
  • 2007: Teddy Thompson – Upfront & Down Low (Verve Forecast) – track 6: “My Heart Echoes”
  • 2010: John Prine – In Person & On Stage (Oh Boy) – track 3: “In Spite of Ourselves”; track 12: “Unwed Fathers” (duets, live)
  • 2012: Josh Turner – Punching Bag (MCA Nashville) – track 9: “Pallbearer” (background vocals)
  • 2016: The Pines – Above the Prairie (Red House) – unknown track
  • 2016: John Prine – For Better, or Worse (Oh Boy) – track 1: “Who’s Gonna Take the Garbage Out”; track 13: “Mr. & Mrs. Used to Be”

Iris DeMent Net worth

She has an estimated salary ranging between $70,000 – $125,000 and has an estimated net worth of $1 Million -$5 Million which she earns from her singing career.

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