Ingrid Chavez, a recording artist, songwriter, and actress who has had international success releasing albums and starring in movies with Prince, as well as co-writing Madonna’s number one hit “Justify My Love” with Lenny Kravitz, has called New Hampshire home for the past 15 years.
“I have a new independent project called Black Eskimo that was recorded in New Hampshire, so we had a desire to be part of the music community here and actively promote the album. It’s been very difficult. Our biggest frustration was with the lack of diversity in the local music scene making it difficult for us to gain access to venues that prefer mostly folk acts or cover artists. We Have a down tempo/electro soul style. We found it easier to book shows in New York City, Boston, and even Europe than in our home state. When getting shows in other cities has a lot to do with numbers and fan count, not having a way to build a local following in your own community effects your ability to branch out into other cities. I look forward to working with Arts Industry Alliance to help improve our local and regional music and art scenes so that they are more welcoming to home grown talent."