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Folk Artist Letitia VanSant
July 6, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$15
From sparse indie folk ballads to hard-hitting Americana anthems, Letitia VanSant’s distinctly intimate voice delivers songs that are both deeply personal and politically relevant. Whether performing as a duo or with her all-star four-piece band, her live shows have been described as “vibrant and approachable,” and BBC Radio calls her “very, very good – a fascinating new artist.”
VanSant’s songwriting has earned numerous awards, including the Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition, an honor shared among the likes of Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, and Anais Mitchell. She is a finalist for the 2019 Baker Artist Awards and listeners of 89.7 WTMD voted one of her songs among the top 10 of the year.
Letitia VanSant’s lyrics are at once personally and politically relevant. Her distinct vocal style is fortified by sparse indie folk and Americana arrangements. BBC Radio calls her “very, very good – a fascinating new artist” and Bmore Art names her as one of the city’s strongest songwriters.
In her music as in her life, VanSant’s has always sought to wrestle with worthy questions. Before her return to Baltimore, VanSant earned a Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues concentration from Macalester College (St. Paul, MN). Afterwards she worked for the Obama campaign in Detroit, and then did environmental organizing in Baltimore. Five years of work with a progressive advocacy group landed her in Washington DC. On weekends, she reflected on the state of society through her songs, earning a regional following in coffee shops and clubs.
“We are in this political crisis in part because we have a lot of spiritual work to do,” says VanSant. “This moment requires us to think deeply about our priorities, to confront our fears, to really know ourselves. We have to build the relationships and the emotional fortitude to sustain a movement.”
The pull of music eventually got the best of her, and she ultimately left her nine-to- five job to become a musician. She hasn’t looked back since, and for good reason. In 2017 she won the Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition, an honor shared along with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, Anais Mitchell, and Caroline Spence. Songs from her new album have also won critical acclaim from the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest (Gold; Folk Category), Falcon Ridge (Emerging Artist), and Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriting Contest (1st Alternate). She’s graced the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and placed among the Top 10 listener-voted “Songs of the Year” by her local radio station 89.7 WTMD.
“Letitia VanSant takes the back road, real life, lifeblood music of rural America, and through the force of her sparkling songwriting, ‘stop the traffic’ voice and sterling band, burnishes it till it shines, presenting a captivating album that really delivers.”
–Marc Higgins, Northern Sky Magazine
“…it’s the beauty inherent in the frailty of her vocals and the gracefully refined music that touches your heart. VanSant is a rare talent and her songwriting is testimony to not only an intense personal journey but also the changing political climate of a nation…”
–Martin Hutchinson, ProgRadar
“…confessional without verging on the self-indulgent…As a performer, VanSant is vibrant and approachable. The honesty of her delivery connects with audiences.”
–Andrew Lightman, Hill Rag
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