"Nanci Caroline Griffith", born July 6 1953, is an American singer, guitarist and songwriter from Austin, Texas. Her career has spanned a variety of musical genres, predominantly country and folk, and what she terms "folkabilly." She won a 1994 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album for "Other Voices, Other Rooms", an album of Griffith covering the songs of artists who influenced her. She is particularly popular in Ireland. Her best-known song is ''From a Distance'' by Julie Gold, although the version that achieved greater commercial success was not Griffith's but Bette Midler's. Similarly, other artists have occasionally achieved greater success with Griffith's songs than Griffith herself: for example, Kathy Mattea, who had a country music top five hit with a 1986 cover of Griffith's "Love at the Five and Dime," and Suzy Bogguss, who had one of her largest hits with Griffith's "Outbound Plane."
Griffith was married to singer-songwriter Eric Taylor from 1976 to 1982.
Griffith is a survivor of breast cancer which was diagnosed in 1996 http://www.nancigriffith.com/biography.php.