Gina Chavez

Gina Chavez to perform at Reading Area Community College's Miller Center for the Arts

Latin pop musician Gina Chavez band her band will perform at Reading Area Community College’s Miller Center for the Arts on Friday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m.

A multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress, Gina Chavez is a 10-time Austin Music Award winner.

Her bilingual record, Up.Rooted, topped both the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts following a feature on NPR's All Things Considered and has been hailed by The Boston Globe, USA Today, and Texas Monthly. Her Tiny Desk concert made NPR’s top 15 of 2015.

Fresh off a 10-country tour as a cultural ambassador with the U.S. State Department, Chavez’s passionate collection of bilingual songs take audiences on a journey through the Americas, blending the sounds and rhythms of the region with tension and grace. Her Spanish-language anthem, “Siete-D” (Grand Prize winner of the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest) recounts her experience volunteering in a gang-dominated suburb of San Salvador where she is a co-founder of The Niñas Arriba College Fund for young Latinas.

Gina Chavez’s most recent album, Lightbeam, was released in September 14, 2018, and is a sonic departure for Chavez. The 2015 Austin Musician of the Year traded her acoustic guitar for the smooth tones of a Gibson hollow body, and called upon producer Dwight A. Baker (MISSIO, Alpha Rev, The Wind and The Wave, Josh Abbott Band) to lay down five soulful and diverse songs, that expand upon her previous work with same lively and sophisticated spirit that her fans have grown to love.

“Heaven Knows,” the first single off her upcoming five-song EP, Lightbeam, is the musical journey of twelve years in love; a love Chavez never thought she would experience. “I was 24, staunchly Catholic and I’d had great, healthy relationships. But I’d never been in love,” Chavez said. “Then I met this girl with a smile that made me question everything I thought I knew.” “These are songs my heart has been wanting to sing for so long,” Chavez said. “To shout from the rooftops that I am in love! To tell the world about this incredible woman who lights me up and calls me to my best self, and show that our love is more than tolerable. It’s the kind of love we’re made for.”

Tickets for Gina Chavez are $29 for Adults and $15 for Students and may be purchased through the Miller Center box office, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or call 610-607-6270 or online at millercenter.racc.edu.

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