Letitia VanSant - Live from The State House, New Haven

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Letitia VanSant - Live from The State House, New Haven

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The State House presents Letitia VanSant performing live, recorded May 31st, 2019

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Letitia VanSant

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About Letitia

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.