Local bilingual folk-pop figure Gina Chavez is returning with a new EP – one that not only commemorates a significant sonic shift but indeed twelve years of unprecedented love. Already bestowed with nine Austin Music Awards, an NPR Tiny Desk performance and frequent tours as a cultural ambassador with the U.S. State Department, Chavez and her 6-piece band, currently known for their acoustic Latin aural accoutrements, have steamed up their sound with a transition towards smooth pop-peppered soul. That transition is manifested in the upcoming five-track EP Lightbeam – due for release later this summer. Lightbeam features some of Chavez’s most personal lyrics to date, alluding to her journey of falling in love with and eventually marrying another woman as a Catholic Latina living in Texas. Chavez is already booked for performances in Kyrgyzstan and the UK as well as SXSW 2018, but you can enjoy some of the new stuff right now with the recently released single, “Heaven Knows”.
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