She is an accomplished vocalist and plays guitar and piano.
(The audience gave Clarkson a standing ovation following her performance.) Griffin's version of the song was featured in episode 11 of the fourth season of the ABC television show Grey's Anatomy.
In September 2008, Griffin sang "You Got Growing Up to Do" in a duet with indie artist Joshua Radin on his album Simple Times.
Her songs have been covered by numerous musicians, including Emmylou Harris, Ellis Paul, Rory Block, Dave Hause, and the Dixie Chicks.
In 2007, Griffin received the Artist of the Year award from the Americana Music Association, and her album Children Running Through won the award for Best Album.
It was released by A&M in 2013, 13 years after it was recorded (and well after bootlegged copies had been circulated).
A&M dropped Griffin's contract after Silver Bell was recorded, and she was then signed by Dave Matthews's ATO Records.Griffin's first DVD, Patty Griffin: Live From the Artists Den, was filmed on February 6, 2007, at the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts on New York's Lower East Side and released later that year.Selections from the DVD were featured on the program Live from the Artists Den on Ovation TV, beginning January 24, 2008.On February 6, 2007, she released Children Running Through.The album debuted at number 34 on the Billboard 200, with 27,000 copies sold. Getting old—older, I should say, I'm not so serious all the time." Griffin's songs have been recorded by numerous artists, including the Irish-born singer Maura O'Connell ("Long Ride Home"), Linda Ronstadt ("Falling Down"), the Dixie Chicks ("Truth No.Another song from the album, "Tony", is also featured on the charity benefit album Live in the X Lounge.