FSU’s Opening Nights to Present Award-Winning Female Singer-Songwriters

Published: Apr. 8, 2019 at 4:45 PM EDT
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Opening Nights at Florida State University’s 2018-19 season is ending on a high note with award-winning female artists who are advancing women’s issues through music.

Ten-time Austin Music Award winner Gina Chavez will perform on Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Richard G. Fallon Theatre.

Four-time Grammy-award winner Rosanne Cash, whose performance will conclude Opening Nights’ 21st season, will showcase her latest album, She Remembers Everything, on April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.

Austin Female Vocalist of the Year Gina Chavez in her latest album, Lightbeam (2018), traded her acoustic guitar for a Gibson hollow body. With classic hooks and a pop aesthetic, the album showcases Chavez’s artistic versatility and intensely personal lyrics that explore the journey and hardships she has faced as a gay woman. The soulful and diverse songs expand her previous work yet boast the same lively and sophisticated spirit of her bilingual Latin folk-pop that her fans have grown to love. (Article on Gina Chavez by NPR’s Felix Contreras)

Chavez and her band serve as cultural ambassadors with the U.S. State Department, recently completing a 12-country tour that united audiences from Texas to Uzbekistan and Venezuela to Saudi Arabia.

Cash has released 15 albums of extraordinary songs that have earned four Grammy Awards, 11 Grammy nominations, as well as 21 “Top 40” hits, including 11 No. 1 singles. Her music bridges the genres of country, pop, folk, blues, rock and Americana. (An interview with Cash)

Her latest album, She Remembers Everything, is a poetic, lush and soulful collection of songs that reckon with a flawed and complex world. This album is the sum of all Rosanne Cash’s parts—the outspoken activist, the woman with 11 #1 hits, the daughter of a country music legend. Her music is personal in a universal way, playing on the emotions of joy, pain, and sadness that we can all relate to.

The title track from She Remembers Everything is one of NPR Music's Top 100 songs of the year. (Read NPR’s Jewly Hight’s article on Rosanne Cash)

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