Gina Chavez is blending the sounds of the Americas with tension and grace. 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. Her band’s Tiny Desk concert made NPR’s top 15 of 2015.

Chavez’s passionate collection of bilingual songs take audiences on a journey through the Americas. Her Spanish-language anthem, “Siete-D” — which took home the Grand Prize in the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest — tells the story of her experience volunteering in a gang-dominated suburb of San Salvador where she and her partner founded Niñas Arriba, a college fund for young Latinas. The fund celebrated its first two college graduates in 2016. Gina and her band have performed in eight countries, touring as cultural ambassadors with the U.S. State Department.

Most striking is Chavez’s ease as she moves between social and love songs, between North American and Latin genres, and even between languages: When she passes mid-song from English to Spanish and back, it’s the most natural thing in the world.  -The Boston Globe

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“Gina Chavez and her band were outstanding to work with! They welcomed the students as they came in, worked to learn as many students’ names as possible and really used those names during their engaging workshops!  It was a great experience for the students to practice not only their audience member skills, but also their performer skills as the band worked with them on creating a song by focusing on the smaller parts followed by putting them altogether to make a complete song. I would LOVE to have them back in my classroom and would highly recommend them as guests in any performing arts classrooms!” –Courtney Copic, 6th-8th Grade Choir Instructor, Merrill Middle School, Des Moines