“I was 24, staunchly Catholic, and I’d had great, healthy relationships. But I’d never been in love,” says singer-songwriter Gina Chavez. “Then I met this girl with a smile that made me question everything I thought I knew.” The Austin, Texas-based artist explores the roller-coaster personal journey to a life with her now-wife, Jodi Granado, on her 2018 five-song EP, Lightbeam. In taking more time than usual to write the collection, Chavez saw her bilingual Latin folk-pop sounds expand and naturally incorporate a more soul-tinged style that’s further enhanced her acclaimed live sets. Fresh off teaching a master class and performing at UNC Asheville, Chavez and her band head down the mountain to the Tryon Fine Arts Center on Saturday, March 9, at 8 p.m. $35 standard seating/$40 deluxe seating. tryonarts.org. Photo courtesy of NPR
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