Austin singer-songwriter Gina Chavez grew up knowing little about her Latin roots. A third-generation Mexican-American, she says despite having the last name Chavez, she didn’t really grow up in Latino culture. It wasn’t until visiting South America in her early 20s that she began learning what it means to be Latina. Singing in a mix of English and Spanish, Chavez describes her music as a journey through Latin America. On her latest album, Chavez explores what it means to “be a Latina even though you look like a gringa.”

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Check out Gina Chavez’s entire new album Up.Rooted here courtesy of SoundCloud: