On Monday, Grammy-winning folk singer Rhiannon Giddens dropped by NBC’s Today show to perform “I’m on My Way.”
The singer-songwriter took to the stage with her backing band, which included multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, for a soul-stirring rendition of the introspective song. She played the banjo as she belted the soul-stirring chorus: “I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way / Lord, if you love me, keep me, I pray / A little bird is stretching out to the shimmering, shaking blue / Don’t know where I’m going but I know what to do.”
Before her performance, Giddens spoke to hosts Sheinelle Jones and Al Roker about her musical background and influences. “[For] opera, I studied, I trained. It’s a different kind of training. It’s books, it’s teachers, it’s being in a conservatory. I did the same thing on the banjo but with just a different set of teachers,” she said. “Y’know, I spent a lot of time playing… and the whole time I had a mentor, an 87-year-old African-American fiddler named Joe Thompson, who really welcomed me into that world. And I spent a lot of time playing and trying, getting into the heart of it.”
“I’m On My Way” is a cut from Giddens’ third studio album, There is No Other, which dropped in early May.
Watch her Today performance here: