Gina Chavez is a nine-time Austin Music Award winner — including 2015 Musician of the Year and Album of the Year. Her passionate collection of bilingual songs traverses cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton, and folk. With dynamic vocals and sharp social commentary, Chavez’s songs take audiences on a journey through the Americas, expertly blending sounds with tension and grace.
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A multi-ethnic Latin pop sensation, Gina 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, a passionate collection of bilingual songs traversing cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton, and folk.
With dynamic vocals and sharp social commentary, Chavez’s songs take audiences on a journey through the Americas, expertly blending sounds with tension and grace.
“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
“Gina Chavez’s voice stops you in your tracks the first time you hear it.” – NPR
A Conversation with Gina Chavez
Join us immediately after the show as Gina Chavez sits down with for an informal and free-ranging chat about her music and her activism with Purchase College faculty members Rebecca Haviland (Music) and Alexis Silver (Sociology, Latin American and Latinix Studies). Free with your ticket.
Rebecca Haviland is a graduate of Purchase College and a Grammy awarding winning vocalist and multi-instrumentalist with extensive songwriting, performance/touring experience. She recently completed a year playing keyboards and guitar for multi-platinum selling pop artist Rachel Platten, including television performances on Ellen and Good Morning America, and performances across North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan. Her own band, Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart has performed in support of Roberta Flack, Chris Young, Rick Springfield, Martin Sexton and James McCartney. Their self-titled record released in 2012, received awards in the International Songwriting Competition and Unsigned Only Competition.
Alexis Silver is an associate professor of sociology and interim coordinator of Latin American (and Latinx) Studies at Purchase College, SUNY. She completed her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011. Her primary research focuses on membership and belonging for Latinx immigrant and second-generation youth in North Carolina, and return migrant and deportee youth and young adults in Mexico. In a second line of research, she examines transnational families in the United States and Mexico. She is especially passionate about her courses on immigration and human rights and immigration and education.