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 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.
Released February 2014, Up.Rooted was first aired on National Public Radio’s First Listen series, noting that her “voice stops you in your tracks the first time you hear it.” The Austin Chronicle gave the album a rare four-star review and The Boston Globe hailed Up.Rooted “as confident as it is refreshing.”
Produced by Michael Ramos, known for his work with Patty Griffin, John Mellencamp and the BoDeans, Up.Rooted is a garden of delights on which Chavez delves into cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton and other genres. Her wide-ranging vocals convey delicate beauty and sharp social commentary with equal nuance, giving the album a dynamic balance between dramatic tension and relaxed grace.
As one of Austin’s most beloved world music/indie artists, Chavez is known for her impressive multi-instrumental performances and an inimitable sound inspired by various Latin rhythms and styles. At this year’s SXSW, she took home three 2013-14 Austin Music Awards, including Best Female Vocals, Best Latin Traditional and Best Latin Rock, while placing in six other categories. This followed a 2012-13 Austin Music Award for Best Latin Traditional artist, two tours in Japan as the Official City of Austin Music Ambassador, and praise from NPR’s All Songs Considered and Alt. Latino as one of eight “New Latin Artists at SXSW,” Chavez has claimed a prominent stake in the Live Music Capital. She is back from eight months of mission work in El Salvador and established Niña Arriba 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 showcased Up.Rooted at a sold-out hometown record release party and fundraiser on February 15, 2014, at The Stateside Theater in Austin, TX. The event raised more than $5,000 for the Niña Arriba college fund.
Chavez is currently touring in Texas and nationally, both solo and with her full band. Up.Rooted is available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify. Physical copies are available at Waterloo Records in Austin, TX and online at CD Baby.
I really like this record, it’s produced by one of my favorite producers, Michael Ramos, there in Austin and I think it really captures her essence and her voice. It really feels like she’s gotten to that sweet spot… [listen]
The Grupo Fantasma horns join Chavez on my favorite, a raucous rock-Cumbia-rap mix titled “Siete-D” where we jump on the 7D bus for a ride through El Salvador, a country where Chavez lived and continues to do mission work… [listen]
Gina Chavez’ “Siete-D” wins the Latin category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest Session 1… [see contest results]
Singer-songwriter Gina Chavez may be a Texan, but on her latest album she reconnects with her Latin roots, singing in both English and Spanish. Up.Rooted blends Latin folk and American pop… [hear full interview]
Bridging two cultures, the Latin songstress feels both out of place and exactly where she belongs…
Nothing short of one artist’s hallmark, this collection embodies Gina Chavez as an artist of her own right… [read full album review]
With Up.Rooted, Gina Chavez has established herself as the Joan Baez of her generation… [read full album review]
Gina Chavez is due onstage at the Austin Music Awards. Right now. Problem is, she’s still at her official South by Southwest showcase on Sixth Street. Fortunately, she’s only blocks from the Convention Center, and adrenaline from a packed, dynamic performance… [read full article]
Swiss/German/Mexican songstress Gina Chavez dives into her Latin roots on her new album, exploring the complexities… [read full article]
Gina Chavez’s Maiz, which streams exclusively at USA TODAY, is sung in Spanish and vocalizes the effects of NAFTA on Mexican immigrants… [read full article]
The result is an album that’s as confident as it is refreshing… [read full album review]
Pride bursts from every track of up.rooted. Fiery Latina Gina Chavez celebrates her musical roots in this… [read full album review]
Her writing doesn’t waste a syllable, and she gets right to heart of the matter – with a voice that knows its way around painful ecstasy… [read full article]
We are glad to announce that award-winning local singer-songwriter, Gina Chavez is back… [listen]
Gina Chavez’s voice stops you in your tracks the first time you hear it. At least that’s how it worked for me when I came upon her performance during South by Southwest a few years ago. She was playing a… [stream full album]
It’s quite possible that Chavez has a monster indie album on her hands. She is equally comfortable singing in Spanish or English and the material is nothing short of gorgeous with songs… [read full show review]
If anybody in Austin is mixing cumbia, bossa nova, reggaeton and old-school Latin pop to better effect than Gina Chavez, we’d love to know about it. This Austin Music Awards winner recently returned from eight months of mission work in Central America to write an irresistible album detailing… [read full article]
Through a journey of dancing beats, hypnotic language and enticing rhythms Chavez’s sound fires up a soulful album that barrels over any and everything… [read full album review]
Joy of Violent Movement – Track Review (1.16.14)
NPR Alt. Latino – Track Featured in Podcast (1.16.14)
PopMatters – Track Premiere/Review (12.3.13)
KUTX 98.9 FM – Radio News (12.12.13)
KOOP 97.1 FM – Radio Interview (1.13.14)
Remezcla – Track Review (12.9.13)
Enchufate – News (12.6.13)
Hot 106.1 FM – Podcast Interview (12.6.13)
BWW Music – News (12.11.13)
Faronheit – Track Post (12.12.13)
Altsounds – News/Track Post (12.13.13)
Nerdy Frames – News/Track Post (12.14.13)
LatinTrends: Introducing Gina Chavez
San Antonio Express-News: Latin rock star Juanes is celebrity judge at Club Rio
ConexionSA: Juanes looking for good songs
Blastro2 (VIDEO): Un encuentro “dulce y fire” con Gina Chavez
Austin Chronicle | Saborcito: Pachanga Latino Music Festival Fusion
Billboard: Intocable, Los Lobos, Carla Morrison Among Headliners for Pachanga Latino Music Fest
PuroPinche: 6th Annual Pachanga Fest (ATX)
The Globe and Mail | Canada: Austin’s Live Music Scene, Interview with Gina Chavez
Wanderless Austin: Austin Free Week, Austin Vida Showcase
Joy of Violent Movement – Track Review (1.16.14)
Remember that album we made together and released in February? Well, my friends, we made made a slew of Best of 2014 lists, including NPR’s Alt Latino’s Favorite Latin Albums of 2014 and KUTX’s Best Austin Albums of 2014! This year just won’t stop giving and it’s all because of the love that helped to make Up.Rooted a reality. THANK YOU!
It was a relaxing Labor Day. A nice late start followed by free yoga — thank you Austin and Yoga Con Amor — and a caffeine fix at Genuine Joe, our favorite neighborhood hang, when a certain someone looked at her phone and saw that… GANAMOS! We WON the Latin category of the The John Lennon Songwriting Contest! We tried to keep our squeals and hugs to a minimum but we definitely got some stares as we ran outside to begin the jumping up and down. Days later it’s still hard to believe that “Siete-D,” a musical tribute to our experiences in El Salvador and the girls we taught who are now family, has won one of the most important songwriting contests in the U.S.! Even cooler, I just got word that the leading newspaper in El Salvador, La Prensa, wants an interview… que locura!
Stay tuned on that. Mientras tanto, felicidades to all the Session 1 finalists and winners. GANAMOS, SUBE!
He was at the bus stop near S. Congress Ave. and Oltorf waving his arms for us to pull over. Our Mobile Loaves & Fishes truck was still full of food and clothes but Samuel wasn’t hungry.
I found myself in one of those potentially awkward, but truly raw and beautiful moments, praying with a grown man outside of the HEB. Thank you, Samuel, for inviting me into your life for a moment; for sharing your struggles and wisdom; and for reigniting my own faith by fearlessly seeking human connection and a reason to hope. I know every second it’s a battle to say no to the addiction, but you’re not alone. You are loved.
#FireWater is the story of addiction. It’s not something you can just turn off, but it’s not who you are either. Samuel, this one’s for you.
VIEW ALL POSTS
In 2009, Gina Chavez and Jodi Granado left their comfy lives in Central Texas for cold showers and chicken buses in Central America; to live out of a suitcase in El Salvador, where volcanoes and poverty loom large; to teach dramatic teenage girls in a gang-dominated barrio for eight months. They struggled, laughed, loved and received lots and lots of hugs.
But the mission didn’t end when they landed stateside in the Summer of 2010. Gina & Jodi immediately established Niña Arriba, a college fund that offers full scholarships to a private, Catholic university for girls they lived with in Soyapango.
“Study after study has taught us that there is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls and the empowerment of women.” – Kofi Annan, Former United Nations Secretary-General
Donations directly fund low-cost, high-quality education for young women in need. Scholarships cover monthly tuition, academic fees and supplies, food and transportation for three students — Xiomara, Marta and Vanessa — and are sent directly to the university in our students’ names.
booking (at) ginachavez (dot) com
Ryan (at) PressJunkiePR (dot) com