The October issue of Southern Living features Austin musician Gina Chavez.
In a spread celebrating Olay’s “60 Years of Beauty…inside and out,” Chavez is highlighted as one of Olay’s 11 picks for “southern iconic women who have left a beautiful footprint across the South,” including author Emily Griffin and CNN anchor Patricia Janiot.
“It was such a surprise to receive a personal invitation from Southern Living, a magazine that always had a place on our coffee table when I was growing up,” said Chavez. “I’m truly honored to be recognized alongside such amazing women of the South.”
Chavez worked for eight months of mission work in El Salvador and established Austin 4 El Salvador, a college scholarship fund for girls she lived with in a gang-dominated part of San Salvador.
The magazine hits stands as Chavez lands in Japan to represent the “Live Music Capitol” as the first official City of Austin Music Ambassador to Oita, Japan, one of Austin’s sister cities.
Plucking her custom-built charango, Latin-folk songstress Gina Chavez sets the mood for lyrical scenery, but it’s the folkloric “Embrujo” of her voice that sears the memory. Since the release of her 2007 debut album, Hanging Spoons, Chavez has toured with The Kills and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, shared the stage with Ozomatli, Grupo Fantasma, and Del Castillo, and represented the City of Austin on tour in Japan and on the 2011 Austin Music Vol. 10 compilation. National Public Radio touted her one of eight “New Latin Artists at SXSW” and her music as a “perfect mix of Latin, folk and bluegrass.”
For music samples and tour dates, visit www.ginachavez.com.