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Gina Chavez

2012-13 Austin Music Award Winner

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 own 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.

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 cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton and other genres. With accolades such as the 2012-13 Austin Music Award for Best Latin Traditional Artist/Band (along with placing in three other categories), two tours in Japan as the Official City of Austin Music Ambassador, and praise from National Public Radio‘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.”

Up.Rooted is available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and CD Baby.

Música MUSIC

New Album Up.Rooted Now Available

Prensa PRESS

Praise for Up.Rooted

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]

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]

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]

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)

Conciertos SHOWS


Noticias NEWS


WATCHALE NYC! New Latin Divas Rosa Diaz + Gina Chavez Storm NYC 4/9

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New Latin Divas Rosa Diaz + Gina Chavez April 9


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SNACKS on a plane!!!

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calendarFriday, 21 March

Being a gluten-free, dairy-free pescatarian means planning! You gots to in order to get the right amount of protein. It also means eating constantly haha. I’m talking snacks every hour or two, yo. Te presento a mis SNACKS on a plane…



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CALI TOUR FOOD BLOG: Tour diary of a gluten-free, dairy-free, pescatarian

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The last time I toured, I somehow managed to eat nothing but food bars for 4 days. While I do love me some NuGo, Zing, Thunderbird and Bearded Brothers food bars, something tells me one must eat a real meal every now and then, haha. I’m also no cook, so, I shall keep a mini food diary while I’m on the road (mainly to make myself accountable to keeping my body healthy ;) . I’m off to California today. Here’s to kickass shows and yummy eats!

Today’s breakfast: coconut milk quinoa with bananas, walnuts and blueberries. Yum protein!


Looks pretty tasty!

OK! Are we gonna skip lunch? What’s for dinner? I’m ready! :-)


Thanks for the concert for the GHRC in DC and for words about your program in El Salvador…and thanks for the music….dale!


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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 three students — Xiomara, Marta and Vanessa — and are sent directly to the university in our students’ names.




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