Ani DiFranco (born Angela Maria DiFranco; September 23, 1970) is an American singer, guitarist, poet, and songwriter. She has released more than 20 albums and is widely considered a feminist icon. In 1989, DiFranco started her own record company, Righteous Records. Early in her career DiFranco worked with manager Dale Anderson, a writer for the Buffalo News. Her self-titled debut album was issued on the label in the winter of 1990. Later, she relocated to New York City, where she took poetry classes at The New School and toured vigorously for the next 15 years, essentially pausing briefly only to record albums.