Gina Chavez



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Gina Chavez is blending the sounds of the Americas with tension and grace. A is a multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress, Chavez is a nine-time Austin Music Award winner -- including 2015 Musician of the Year and Album of the Year for her sophomore release, Up.Rooted. Her independent album topped the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts following a national feature on NPR's All Things Considered, and has been hailed by The Boston Globe, USA Today, Texas Monthly and the Austin Chronicle.

Chavez's passionate collection of bilingual songs traverse cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, indie-folk and reggaeton that takes audiences on a journey through the Americas as she discovers her own Latin roots through music. She and her band are back from a five-country tour in Latin America, as well as Saudi Arabia, where they performed and taught workshops as cultural ambassadors with the U.S. State Department's American Music Abroad program. Chavez took home the Grand Prize in the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for "Siete-D," a song about her experience volunteering in a gang-dominated suburb of San Salvador where she founded NiƱas Arriba, a college fund for young Latinas. The fund celebrates its first two college graduates this year.