We are glad to announce that award-winning local singer-songwriter, Gina Chavez is back with a second album. Up.rooted is produced by Michael Ramos (John Mellancamp, Patty Griffin, the BoDeans) and due for release February 11 of this year. The album includes eleven pan-Latin songs and features various local talent including, the Tosca String Quartet, Adrian Quesada, and the Grupo Fantasma horn section. In the album, Chavez explores “the dichotomies of her life as an ethnically mixed American woman trying to define, and embrace, who she is and where she belongs.” All of this is set to the backdrop of music inspired by a cool mixture of reggaeton, cumbia, bossa nova, and old-school Latin pop. Chavez has a laundry list of accolades, but among the very many she was listed as one of the ‘New Latin Artists at SXSW,’ recognized by our program, ‘All Songs Considered,’ and won the 2012-13 Austin Music Award for ‘Best Latin Traditional Artist.’ The release party for Up.rooted will be held at the historic Stateside at the Paramount Theatere Saturday February 15 at 7:30 p.m. and features special guests including, beloved indie-folk songstress, Amy Cook and rising star, Emily Wolfe. Benefits will go to the Niña Arriba College Fund, a fund co-founded by Chavez for impoverished young women in El Salvador. Until then, check out Gina’s live in-studio performance with us from last Friday!