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Being a Latinx Catholic lesbian means you learn how to hide...
“I wanted to make a record that captured the moment these two Catholic, Latinx lesbians got married in Texas,” said Chavez. “This EP is for all those who still feel they have to hide, and for those who wish we would stay in the closet.”
For her latest record, Gina Chavez -- a 10-time Austin Music Award winner with more than 750,000 views on her NPR Tiny Desk concert -- traded her acoustic guitar for the smooth tones of a Gibson hollow body, and called upon producer Dwight Baker (MISSIO, The Wind and The Wave, Josh Abbott Band) to lay down five soulful and diverse songs that expand upon her signature style of bilingual Latin folk-pop.
Lightbeam boasts intensely personal lyrics - “heaven knows our souls, our story / the shape of your heart when you hold me / wouldn’t tear us apart or disown me” - strong melodic hooks and a pop aesthetic that showcase Chavez’s versatility on five unapologetically personal tracks that explore longing, faith, beauty and sacrifice. Fresh off a 14-country tour as an ambassador with the U.S. State Department, Chavez and her band are touring the U.S. in support of Lightbeam.
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