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Breaking: NPR Tiny Desk Concert is live!

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calendarTuesday, 22 September

I fell asleep in Paris to the bells of Notre Dame, and awoke in Austin to a tiny gift from NPR Music. Life is but a dream! We dedicate our performance to the life and spirit of Greg Krause…


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WHO on World Cafe? WE on World Cafe!

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calendarThursday, 13 August

Still can’t believe that I got to sit down and chat with David Dye, the voice of NPR’s World Cafe that I’ve heard for years now over the KUT and KUTX radio waves. Such a genuine humble guy with a passion for music. I hope y’all enjoy this interview we recorded before our set at WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival!


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Featured on NPR’s World Cafe… TONIGHT!

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calendarThursday, 13 August

Today is the day! Tune into your local NPR Music station to hear my interview with the one and only David Dye on World Cafe, plus songs from our bomb live set at Philly’s XPoNential Music Festival! Shout out to AfroTaino Productions #latinrootslive!

Austinites, we hit the airwaves at 11pm on KUTX 98.9 FM

NPR World Cafe Gina Chavez


Just heard you do the Moody’s song on KUTX……….perfect match of a voice and a song. Well done!


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ALL ATX Album Release at ACL LIVE at the Moody Theater Aug. 26!

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calendarFriday, 07 August

Still pinching myself that I’m on this year’s ALL ATX album with so many Austin badasses! Get tickets now to join us Wednesday, August 26 at the ACL LIVE at the Moody Theater a concert of some of Austin’s finest musicians benefiting HAAM, to air on KLRU-TV, Austin PBS. As well as the annual “Austin Music Legends Auction” with all proceeds benefiting HAAM, featuring:

Special guest TODD RUNDGREN
BIG CAT (ft. Malford Milligan and Dave Sebree)

All ATX 2015 Featuring Gina Chavez Hayes Carll


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Música MUSIC

Austin Album of the Year - Up.Rooted

Up.Rooted is available worldwide on
iTunes and Amazon

Purchase physical copies at Waterloo Records in Austin, TX
or online at CD Baby


Album liner notes, lyrics and translations aqui.

Conciertos TOUR


I was really knocked out by that voice!


La mujer orquesta


Angelic vocals and a devilish treat on guitar


Biografía ABOUT

Gina Chavez

2015 Austin Musician of the Year

Gina Chavez is a bilingual Latin-folk singer/songwriter who blends the sounds of the Americas with tension and grace. Her latest independent release, Up.Rooted, is a passionate collection of bilingual songs traversing cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton, and folk combined with dynamic vocals and sharp social commentary.

The album won the praise of National Public Radio (NPR), USA Today, and The Boston Globe, and topped the iTunes and Amazon Latin charts after a feature on NPR’s All Things Considered. She is the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC) Grand Prize Winner for her song “Siete-D,” a rock-cumbia-rap mix that explores the delights and dangers of El Salvador from a window on the 7-D, the bus route she rode as a volunteer there in 2010.

Backed by a six-piece band, Chavez has claimed a prominent stake in the Live Music Capital. An eight-time Austin Music Award winner, Chavez and her band swept the 2015 awards, winning Musician of the Year, Album of the Year (Up.Rooted), Song of the Year (“Siete-D”), Best Latin Band, and the Esme Barrera Award for Music Activism and Education, while placing in six other categories. They have shared the stage with Grace Potter, Grammy winners La Santa Cecilia, Latin Grammy winner Gaby Moreno, Mexico’s Carla Morrison, Argentina’s Federico Aubele, Las Cafeteras from L.A., and Austin’s own Grupo Fantasma. In 2013, they performed for Latin rockstar Juanes as one of nine bands nationwide selected for the Dewaristas contest.

Chavez is currently promoting the June 2015 release of the official music video for “Siete-D.” The video – filmed last October in El Salvador — follows Chavez on an exciting cross-country journey to reunite with her former students — young women she considers her Salvadoran sisters and four of whom are able to attend college on scholarships from Niñas Arriba, a college fund co-founded by Chavez and her partner, Jodi Granado, since their volunteer year in 2010. Southern Living and Olay named Chavez one of 11 “southern iconic women who have left a beautiful footprint across the South,” for her continued work in El Salvador.

Up.Rooted is available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify. Physical copies are available at Waterloo Records in Austin, TX and online at CD Baby.

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NPR Tiny Desk Concert: Gina Chavez (9.22.15) 

Much has happened for Gina Chavez since I first saw her at an unofficial SXSW showcase about five years ago: two albums, fan and industry recognition, this year’s Austin Music Award for Austin Musician Of The Year… [watch full concert]

Texas Monthly: Wednesday Playlist (9.23.15)

Gina Chavez, who previously won Austin Musician of the Year, appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert recently and really represented. Below is the whole show, and it’s a wonderful Wednesday pick-me-up… [read full article]

NPR’s World Cafe: Latin Roots: Gina Chavez (8.13.15)

We’re very very happy today to get a chance to hear a wonderful performance from Gina Chavez and her band. She is a multiple Austin Music Award winner; she’s had an amazing life thus far… [listen]

Austin Chronicle: ATX6 Announces 2015 Artists (5.21.15)

ATX6 today announced its new group of rising Austin musicians that will represent our fair city at North By Northeast (NXNE) and other international festivals this year… [read full article]

Austin Chronicle: Gina Chavez Video Release Fills the Stateside (4.13.15)

Filling the State Theatre with Black Fret donors Saturday night, Gina Chavez debuted the music video for her Austin Music Awards Song of the Year, “Siete-D.” The evening raised almost $12,000 for… [read full article]

NPR: Alt. Latino’s Favorite Latin Music of 2014 (12.4.14)

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]

KUTX 98.9 FM: Best Austin Albums of 2014 (12.21.14)

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]

John Lennon Songwriting Contest – Grand Prize Winner (9.2.14)

Gina Chavez’ “Siete-D” wins the Latin category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest Session 1… [see contest results]

NPR All Things Considered: On Latest Album, Gina Unearths Her Latin Roots (4.18.14)

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]

Texas Music Magazine: Artist Spotlight and Album Review (7.15.14)

Bridging two cultures, the Latin songstress feels both out of place and exactly where she belongs…

The Phantom Tollbooth: Up.Rooted Album Review **** (7.7.14)

Nothing short of one artist’s hallmark, this collection embodies Gina Chavez as an artist of her own right… [read full album review]

VENTS: Gina Chavez’ Latest Album – A Musical Triumph and Transformational Experience (4.7.14)

With Up.Rooted, Gina Chavez has established herself as the Joan Baez of her generation… [read full album review]

The Austin Chronicle: Gina Chavez Comes Into Her Own (4.4.14)

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]

The Deli Magazine: Emerging Austin Acts to Check Out (3.13.14)

Swiss/German/Mexican songstress Gina Chavez dives into her Latin roots on her new album, exploring the complexities… [read full article]

USA Today: Exclusive Song Stream – Gina Chavez’s “Maiz” (2.26.14)

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 Boston Globe: Album Review – Gina Chavez, ‘Up.Rooted’ (2.10.14)

The result is an album that’s as confident as it is refreshing… [read full album review]

The Austin Chronicle: Up.Rooted Album Review **** (2.14.14)

Pride bursts from every track of up.rooted. Fiery Latina Gina Chavez celebrates her musical roots in this… [read full album review]

NPR’s Heavy Rotation Selects Gina Chavez’ “The Sweet Sound of Your Name” for Valentine’s Playlist (2.13.14)

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]

KUTX 98.9 FM: Gina Chavez LIVE In-Studio Performance (2.7.14)

We are glad to announce that award-winning local singer-songwriter, Gina Chavez is back… [listen]

NPR’s First Listen: Gina Chavez, ‘Up.Rooted’ (1.27.14)

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]

San Antonio Express News: Austin’s Gina Chavez Sings Brilliant New Album (2.21.14)

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]

Culture Map: 10 Hot Austin Music Acts Looking to Break Big This Year (1.20.14)

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]

Nanobot Rock Reviews: Gina Chavez, ‘Up.Rooted’ (1.22.14)

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]

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College FUND

Niñas Arriba College Scholarship Fund

Educate a girl. Change the world.

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 Niñas 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 four students — Xiomara, Marta, Vanesa and Rosemary — and are sent directly to the university in our students’ names.


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