“If music is resistance, then jazz is freedom. Resistance is my mission, and freedom is my goal,” says accomplished international vocal artist and jazz performerVirginia Schenck.
Schenck, who goes by the stage name VA, created her latest album Battle Cry(2020)—which released on January 3 and is available on all digital platforms as well as on CD—to use the power of music to generate change. VA, was motivated to make Battle Crydue to the current need for civil and human rights action and literally has advocacy and activism in her DNA: her grandmother, a suffragette in Philadelphia, was pregnant with her mother while campaigning for the right of women to vote in the 1920s. The new album speaks of peace, unity, and hope in addition to its message of resistance.
VA is taking the album on the road to various civil and human rights locations with her ‘Hear My Battle Cry’ Tour. The first stop is in Atlanta at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights on Saturday, April 18, then on to Timucua in Orlando (April 19), and the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Ala.(April 25). Stops in Birmingham, Ala.; Memphis, Tenn.; and other sites are also in early planning stages. Tickets are on sale now at VirginiaSchenck.com.
A portion of the proceeds from the tour will be donated back to the non-profit locations.
*Doors open at 6 p.m. for museum tours and cocktails.
*Show starts at 8 p.m.
About Virginia Schenck
Virginia Schenck, known by the stage name VA, is an accomplished international vocal artist and jazz performer, utilizing both straight-ahead, spoken word, and free improvisation.VA is an imaginative vocalist with a broad stylistic reach. She can soothe her audience with a beautiful ballad, invigorate them with a re-imagined standard and challenge them with a powerful blast of free improvisation. Yet all of these aspects exist within one singular and unique voice.