After taking some time off to battle breast cancer, Patty Griffin is back with new music.

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter is set to release her eponymous 10th studio album on Mar. 8 — and Durham cool is premiering the first song off of the new project called, “River.”

“It’s one of the last songs I wrote for this record,” Griffin, 54, tells PEOPLE. “We recorded it over about a year’s time. I had been spending a lot of time with this song that Leon Russell wrote and Donnie Hathaway recorded in the ’70s called ‘A Song For You.’ I actually covered that song at a show, and I thought it would be great to have my own — which is kind of a high order. There’s something about that particular song that made me feel like it’s an aerial view of a moment in life. The emotion of that song inspired me.”
 


 

“River” from Patty Griffin’s forthcoming self-titled album to be released March 8th via PGM / Thirty Tigers.

Living with Ghosts

Rifling through a box of old photos and books I came across an original copy of Patty Griffin ‘s Living with Ghosts.  This recording is such an outstanding assemblage  of emotive narratives of loss, romance, breakups, emanating from this beautiful petite woman with a superhuman vocal eminence.  Watch these videos to bring you alive and in the moment.  Her voice is incomparable.

Catch her live sometime and listen to her gospel songs. Each song on this release is gospel to honest ears.

I updated this Patty Griffin post after listening to “You’re Not Alone” on a rainy night drive home to Durham. Listen to these beautiful lyrics and tell me with a straight face that this is not one of the most emotively beautiful songs you have ever heard?

Stream Patty Griffin at home or in your car!

Living with Ghosts is one of those albums, from track 1 to last, that must be listened to all the way through. You might try to turn or walk away but will be drawn back by the compelling lyric, delivered by the angelic Irish voice from lyrical heaven!