Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Letitia VanSant with her band on Friday October 19, 2018 at The Albert S George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville, OH. Letitia VanSant's lyrics are at once personally and politically relevant. Hailed as one of Baltimore's strongest songwriters (BmoreArt), her distinct voice is fortified by sparse indie folk and Americana arrangements.
In her music as in her life, VanSants has always sought to wrestle with worthy questions. Before her return to Baltimore, VanSant earned a Human Rights Humanitarian Issues concentration from Macalester College (St. Paul, MN). Afterwards she traveled to Detroit to work with the Obama campaign and then signed on with AmeriCorps for a year developing gardens at public schools. 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.
Upon weighing the power of music to move people, she ultimately left her nine-to- five job to become a musician. She hasnt looked back since, and for good reason. Songs from her new album have won critical acclaim from Kerrville (2017 New Folk Winner), the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest (Gold; Folk Category), Falcon Ridge (Emerging Artist), and Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriting Contest (1st Alternate). Shes graced the Kennedy Centers Millennium Stage, and placed among the Top 10 listener-voted Songs of the Year by her local radio station 89.7 WTMD.
VanSants national debut Gut It To The Studs opens in tandem with her life as an artist. To get off of the beaten path, though, one must contend with the uncertainties of uncharted territory. Where Im Bound shows the importance of persevering through a land of broken promises and streets of fools gold with a map in the stars, and by following faith.
With this shift, VanSant left behind a nonprofit career. In an effort to feel comfortable in her new skin, she looked at her emerging life and had to Gut It To The Studs. She sings, gotta get the wires a-running right fore the dry wall goes back up." Taking Back The Reigns reflects the notion that insecurities will follow you wherever you roam. In order to face your demons and not allow them to swallow up your life, you have to encounter the forces unseen and look them in the eye. If you let fear drive your soul, then left unchecked it will rule the whole world. Dandelion echoes our generations keen interest in building communities that are nourishing and real.
Albert S George Youth Center (View)
130 Fair St
Barnesville, OH 43713
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