Based in Minnesota but with roots in the Deep South, Chastity Brown is a powerful new musical voice who’s “able to distill Southern blues and plaintive North Country prairie influences into expansive, alluring folk songs” (The Current). Chastity, whose mother came from a large Irish family in Boston, and whose father was an African-American jazz musician, grew up near Memphis, transfixed by roots music from an early age. It was in a Full Gospel church, playing saxophone and drums, that Chastity first found her singing voice and passion for music, and in college she studied to be a worship leader. That came to an end when she was kicked out for being involved in a same-sex relationship. It was then that she found her voice as a songwriter. As a woman of color, she’s been influenced not only by musicians, but by writers and other Civil Rights leaders, “the heroines and heroes that arose to sing the songs, write the speeches, sit at the counters, mobilize in the streets – those who declared that black lives are sacred, are beautiful, that they matter.” Her conscience-grounded music has been featured on NPR, CMT, American Songwriter, London Times and Paste. Elmore Magazine called Silhouette of Sirens, her 2017 Red House album, “an excellent, infectious offering that rolls and rocks from start to finish, like a Nascar special on steroids … classy, determined and driven.” Chastity has performed throughout the US and abroad, including appearances on the UK program Later…with Jools Holland, and a lengthy tour last year opening for folk icon Ani Difranco.
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