Chastity leaves the back roads for the city

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Minnesota-based musician Chastity Brown will be dropping into Sheffield next month on a tour to promote her latest album.

Her 2013 album Back-Road Highways gained critical acclaim in the national press and was a favourite among reviewers’ Top 10 end-of-year lists.

The album’s lead track, After You, was featured in the BBC film Mary & Martha, starring Hilary Swank, and Chastity was also invited to duet with British soul musician Michael Kiwanuka while supporting him at a gig in Minneapolis.

Chastity’s style is a mix of gospel, roots, soul, jazz, blues and country.

She appears at The Greystones in Sheffield on Monday, September 22.

Chastity, whose mother grew up in a large Irish family in Boston, and whose father was an African-American jazz and blues musician, was born in New Hampshire and moved to Union City in Tennessee when she was seven years old.

Growing up near Memphis, Chastity was influenced by roots music from an early age.

When she first began writing music she struggled with this influence as she was not exposed to many soul musicians writing folk music.

Growing up in a full gospel church was where Chastity found her voice and passion.

She said: “Learning about Leadbelly’s influence on Woody Guthrie opened up a whole new world to me.”

She is appearing with with guitarist Robert Mulrennan, percussionist Greg Schutte, keyboardist deVon Gray and bass player Jef Sundquist).

Tickets: www.mygreystones.co.uk or 0114 266 5599.