It was a chance encounter with a white supremacist that was the impetus for Chastity Brown's new single, "Mad Love." The bi-racial artist was confronted outside a club in Eau Claire, WI having a quick smoke before taking the stage where she was accosted, cussed out and verbally attacked by a person who'd read her interview in the local paper. Her guitarist came out and to find Brown standing up for herself and holding her own. Shaking with adrenaline, fear and anger, Brown went and did the show and shared the story with the audience. She realized the best possible response to racism and hate is love -- including radical self love where, no matter how others choose to see you, you accept yourself.
"At that time of writing the album, I had already devoured every novel of James Baldwin's, and moved into his essays. What I love about James Baldwin is that he's so plain spoken, and so profound. He had such grace, and was so gay, and was so academic. He was so himself. He just seemed to embody who the fuck he was. He's influenced my work so much, that type of honesty and vulnerability. Something about that is really brave to me, and something about that is really sexy." Read Chastity's interview with Out Magazine!
"'Silhouette of Sirens' is a work of brooding soul by a voice we need right now."
Chastity's album Silhouette of Sirens is now streaming on NPR Music's First Listen! The glowing review that accompanies the stream sums up this powerful album from one of the top emerging voices in music. Officially available on Red House on May 19th, the 10 songs on the album blend folk, pop and country and treads the line between the personal and the political. Featuring songs like the chart-topping "Wake Up" and "Drive Slow" about taking the time to enjoy the moment, Silhouette of Sirens is a landmark debut.
"Chastity Brown’s forthcoming Silhouette of Sirens is one of the most anticipated roots albums of the first half of 2017. It’s a collection that showcases Brown’s dexterous musicianship, thoughtful songwriting and careful attention to detail, all of which have earned her praise from outlets like NPR and CMT on past releases.
Those qualities are on full display on “Drive Slow,” a sweeping new track from Silhouette of Sirens that considers what it means to slow down and appreciate the moment."
Chastity recently visited Oake & Riley in The Morning in The Current studio to chat about Silhouette of Sirens and perform some songs live off the record. You'll hear some of Chastity's insights into making the record as well as a sneak peak into her album release celebration on Friday, June 2nd at The Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul!
I'm proud to announce that my debut Red House Records album, Silhouette of Sirens, comes out on May 19th and will be available on CD, vinyl and all digital formats. The album features the first single "Wake Up" that you can download now when you pre-order the album on iTunes or Amazon!
We'll be celebrating the release of Silhouette of Sirens on Friday, June 2nd at The Fitzgerald Theatre! Click here for more info.
I’ve never been so specific on stage about current events than I have as of late, on these last few tours. I think it’s this realization that my personal life is political and that I have the fortune to be elevated and amplified night after night; I’m the loudest thing in the room. And what am I gonna do with that type of power?
Red House is proud to announce that CHASTITY BROWN has joined their roster. With an early 2017 album release in the works, Chastity is joining Ani DiFranco for fall dates through October; she'll both be opening these shows and also joining DiFranco on stage. Chastity will also perform at the DiFranco's inaugural “BabeFest,” a festival of music, comedy and social activism taking place August 26 at Babeville in Buffalo, New York.
Thursday night's street party and all-night dance party at First Avenue won't be soon forgotten, either by those who could attend or those who followed the story online. A crowd thousands-strong flooded First Avenue and Seventh Street, both celebrating and mourning Prince Rogers Nelson: his life, his spirit, and his music.