Plucking her custom-built charango, Gina Chavez sets the mood for lyrical scenery, but it’s the folkloric “Embrujo” of her voice that sears the memory. With a vocal punch strong enough to back The Kills on their 10-year anniversary tour and striking enough to make her one of National Public Radio’s eight “New Latin Artists Playing SXSW,” Chavez is building toward the Fall 2013 release of her sophomore album, up.rooted, produced by Michael Ramos.
Following appearances with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Grupo Fantasma, and Del Castillo, Chavez was asked to represent the City of Austin on tour twice in Japan as the official Music Ambassador, and was voted The Austin Chronicle’s Best Latin Traditional artist of 2012-13.
She is back from eight months of mission work in El Salvador and established a college scholarship fund for girls she lived with in a gang-dominated part of San Salvador. Southern Living and Olay named Chavez one of 11 “southern iconic women who have left a beautiful footprint across the South.”
Chavez’ new album up.rooted is coming this Fall
For music samples and tour dates, visit: www.ginachavez.com
The college fund Chavez helped start can be found at”