Honor the Earth is proud to announce that local Minnesotan, Chastity Brown will be taking the stage at the Water is Life festival. Brown has been dubbed by the critics as “a banjo-playing soul-singer” and “a ticking, rolling encyclopedia of roots music.
Based in Minnesota, but with roots in Tennessee, Chastity 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, TN, and then it was on to Minneapolis. Since then, she’s been featured on NPR’s “Favorite Sessions,” CMT, American Songwriter, the London Times, Paste Magazine and others. Chastity has toured the U.S. and abroad, appearing on the U.K.’s Later…with Jools Holland. For much of 2016, she toured alongside folk icon/activist Ani Difranco.
“What I’ve realized is that the personal is political,” Brown said in a recent interview. “Just by me being a bi-racial, half-black, half-white woman living in America right now is political. Just being a person of color, a queer woman of color, for that matter, is freaking political. My focus, as far as this record, I guess it’s really been psychological. I’m really intrigued by the perseverance of the human spirit and the complexities and contradictions that we embody as human beings."
Come out to Bayfront festival park in Duluth, Minnesota on Sunday, July 21 at 8 PM to see Chastity Brown and her three-piece band perform live at the Water is Life festival. In the meantime, check out her music video "Wake Up!"
Maria Isa Pérez-Hedges is a Boricua (BO-REE-KWA) singer, songwriter, actress, rapper, activist, youth worker and international recording artist born in Minnesota and raised on St. Paul’s West Side barrio. She was raised by the influences of many different rhythms of Afro-Latino-Indigenous culture and channeled it into performing arts and activism at a very early age. Isa has been trained by the masters of the Afro-Boricua Diaspora from the island of Puerto Rico (Paracumbe, Tito Matos, Los Ayalas) New York City (LP21), Chicago's Humboldt Park (Evaristo "Tito" Rodriguez) and Master vocalists trained in concert choral (William White), jazz (Mila Llauger), Afro-Latin and Hip-hop lyricism.
Since 2009 Isa serves as CEO for her independent label SotaRico distributing over 13 of her projects bridging her music mix and upbringing of Minnesota and Puerto Rican culture into a fusion of sound. Isa received the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s “Rising Latina Star" award for her outstanding work with Youthrive Live! On behalf of working and educating incarcerated youth throughout the state of Minnesota while hosting several Nobel Peace Prize laureates. Maria Isa's music has been heard on several network shows on NBC, ABC, MTV, STARZ, Telemundo, VH1, E! Bravo and wrote and produced music for the Fast & the Furious Video Game. She is known as one of the top artists in the Twin Cities featured on every major publication in the state of Minnesota and has performed nationally and internationally with her original music.
Maria Isa has performed alongside and opened for artists such as The Roots, Bad Bunny, Common, Moby, Bomba Estereo, Sheila E, Kendrick Lamar, Wu Tang Clan, Las Cafeteras, Atmosphere, Pedrito Martinez, Ana Tijoux, La India, LP21, Redobles de Cultura and many more. She is to the founder, producer and co-host for Latina Theory: Spanglish Podcast known as NPR's one of the Top LatinX Podcast in the Country to listen to.
Maria Isa latest album "Sasa" is dedicated to her mother, woman of color in politics and the future leaders of the world. "Sasa" is produced entirely by Minneapolis hip-hop and r&b producer J.HARD and known to be Maria Isa's finest work to date.
Watch Maria perform "Confusion" off of her new album "Sasa" released in 2018:
Corey Median & Brothers
Corey Medina is a Native American Blues Artist from the Navajo Tribal Nation in Shiprock, NM. He moved to Northern Minnesota in 2012 to write and produce with Incepticons Entertainment and travel with his band known as "The Brothers." The band consist of Eric Sundeen on drums and Gary Broste on upright bass, both from Bemidji, MN. They set out to spread light to dark, and hope to the hopeless with their raw, soulful, intimate music and stage presence.
Check out Corey Medina and Brother's "Chophouse," the first performance episode in their new series "Kick. Snare. Hat."