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Feb. 9: Soul Singer Chastity Brown
Minnesota-based singer to perform at Halling Recital Hall.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 1-12-2014
MANKATO, Minn. - Tennessee-raised, Minnesota-based musician Chastity Brown and her band will perform on Sunday, Feb. 9 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
The concert event is co-sponsored by KMSU -The Maverick and the Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series with assistance from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Chastity Brown’s style is a beautiful mix of gospel, roots, soul, jazz, blues and country, and it could not work better. Chastity channels songs that are born deep in the American bone — the hunger, desperation and confidence that runs through our times. Sweet as molasses and wood smoke, clear and burning as summer sun, she casts magic and will put a spell on you. Her voice brings you to the crossroads with every turn — warming, comforting and then challenging you.
Her track “After You” from her latest CD release, Back-Road Highways, was recently featured in the new BBC/HBO film, Mary & Martha, starring Hilary Swank. Recently Brown opened for Leon Russell at City Winery in Chicago and performed on stage with Michael Kiwanuka while supporting him at First Avenue in Minneapolis.
Growing up in a musical household near Memphis, Chastity Brown was weaned on roots music from an early age, including artists like Leadbelly. “Learning about Leadbelly?s influence on Woody Guthrie opened up a whole new world to me. Prior to this knowledge I felt alone in the music I was creating,” Chastity said. “I did not know how to reconcile my storytelling impulse with my soul-inflected vocal upbringing.”
With Back-Road Highways, Chastity pushes her own natural talent even farther, to stunning effect. Back-Road Highways, co-produced by Fred Cannon (who has previously worked with the likes of Prince, Queen and Stevie Wonder), was recorded at Paul Buono’s Helsinki South studios in Nashville, Tennessee with the support of her new label Creative and Dreams Music Network.
Concert admission is $15; $13 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to www.mnsu.edu/music. For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.