Chastity Brown’s new single “Mad Love” is out now! LISTEN HERE
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.
With this incident in mind, Brown wrote "Mad Love" as an anthem for forgiveness and self-acceptance and as a statement of pride. Choosing love over hate, the Southern-born, Minneapolis-based songwriter refuses to see herself through the eyes of people who'd diminish her or judge her based on her skin color or sexual preference. It's a call to arms to step back from the fear and anger and respond with a tidal wave of positivity.
"So let them come, oh let them come for us," Brown sings. "Let them come, see what it is we got. 'Cause we, we got all the mad love that they want."
Melding folk, roots, and soul music with topical lyrics, Chastity’s music seems especially timely. "What I’ve realized is that the personal is political…” she stated. "I’m really intrigued by the perseverance of the human spirit and the complexities and contradictions that we embody as human beings."