Chastity Brown (with band) 5:45 - 7:00 pm Eastern
Based in Minnesota, with roots in Tennessee, Chastity Brown grew up surrounded by country and soul music. In the full gospel church of her childhood, she played saxophone and drums and found her singing voice and a passion for music. Her first show was in Knoxville and then it was on to Minneapolis. She’s been featured on NPR’s “Favorite Sessions,” CMT, American Songwriter, the London Times, Paste Magazine, and others, and has toured the U.S. and abroad. For much of 2016, she toured alongside folk icon/activist Ani DiFranco. An artist who can plumb the depths of sadness in a single note, then release it in the very next breath, Brown melds folk, pop and soul, weaving together a poet’s lyrical ear and a soul-laid-bare quality.
"I’m really intrigued by the perseverance of the human spirit and the complexities and contradictions that we embody as human beings," Brown says. "I write for and from the marginalized experience—for the truly triumphant spirit that’s been through [a lot], and has fought her/his way through it to maintain a sense of dignity and peace of mind. My hope is like that of Alice Walker’s, 'Where there are tears, there will be dancing.'”
Light is a central character on her Red House Records debut album Silhouette of Sirens. "I think it’s about different types of heartbreak, and how one deals with it," Brown says of the album. "And not the heartbreak of a coupled relationship—just living life, and the experiences that break your heart. There are these moments on the album where it’s like, ‘this is intense.' And then hopefully, there are moments where it’s alleviated—as I feel like life is. Life is hard. Every tree, every plant, everything you see in the natural world, just through a growth process, you see how hard it is to grow and bend toward the light."
"I grew up in a trailer park in Union City, TN, with an incredible mother, brother and sister and a very abusive stepfather," she states. "There have been times throughout my life since leaving home when I experience debilitating flashbacks both while waking and asleep. Music has been my lifeline."