Main Stage Series:
Saturday, March 9, 2019
"Gina Chavez's voice stops you in your tracks the first time you hear it...Whether she sings in English or Spanish, Chavez captures a healthy dose of American soul, country, and rock music, and she could hold her own with any Mexican ranchera singer, past or present." Felix Contreras, NPR
Chavez, whose parents are of Mexican and Swiss-German descent, was raised on Lyle Lovett, Little Richard and Michael Jackson. She cut her songwriting teeth at 18, spurred by Griffin’s piercing melodies and Ani DiFranco’s lyrical prowess. Inspired after hearing the country-blues wail of Toni Price at Austin’s famed Continental Club, Chavez snagged her dad’s vintage Martin and began lighting up stages at the University of Texas at Austin.
When Gina Chavez chose up.rooted as the title of her new album, she found the one word that could reflect not only major turning points in her own journey, but the experiences of people who live in her songs. Chavez uses this second album to express the dichotomies of her life as an ethnically mixed American woman trying to define, and embrace, who she is and where she belongs — which she does beautifully in 11 exceptional Latin folk-pop tunes.