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Chastity Brown’s robustly-rooted songs have an irresistible audible nearness, and a striking candor I imagine many musicians aspire to but rarely achieve. Whether she is backed by drums, harmonica, or saxophone her voice pours over her guitar with a deep honesty inspired by harsh truths she has lived through and studied throughout her young life. Chastity turns truths into beautiful stories we must believe in and listen to carefully; stories of her past echo the solid, happy groove, tinged with tiny bits of sadness, and land a firm grip upon what’s important in life.


I meet Chastity at a south Minneapolis pub on a busy Saturday evening to discuss exactly where she is now with her music, and how she has evolved into the musician she is today, a singer who is one of Minneapolis’ most promising young artists. Chastity moved to Minneapolis five years ago at the age of 22, but she hails from Tennessee, where her stepfather worked at the Goodyear tire plant in Union City, two hours north of Memphis.

Lovely. That is the perfect word to describe the voice and demeanor of Anna Sacks. The California native found her quiet, sultry voice while working in the Midwest. Here she talks about how building a community of artists was integral to fostering her confidence as a singer-songwriter.  Though sweet and light, Anna Sacks’ music has a powerful resonance and so do her answers to our questions about her evolution as a musician.  

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“How do I describe my job to people? I make the most of every day. I don’t have just one job. Do I really list off all of them? Does anyone care?  I’m involved with many organizations, so I don’t have as much free time as I’d like to.”

What does Lauren Koehne do with her free time? Lauren works. At 22, Lauren has already started her own fashion line. She is completely self-sufficient with no less than 5 part-time jobs to support herself and the growth of her line, Flower Child Apparel.  

Any young clothing designer can put their sewn garments onto a skinny model and send them down a hallway to strut; but Lauren has not stopped there. She promotes her clothes along side of a distinct vision: Flower Child Apparel offers responsibly made clothing of perfect construction with a bit of a bite. Her world is not one of glamour or disillusionment and neither are her designs. Her clothing is comfortable, affordable, and unique—a mix of “fairytale and raw edge.” The line is a direct extension of the creator, and Lauren is looking to clothe like-minded individuals. Her philosophy is one of hopeful realism and harks from the era that inspired the name of her label. More hippie than hipster and certainly more realistic than her peers, Lauren Koehne has every reason to remain hopeful that her hard work will pay off.  

From an Interview with Minneapolis-based artist Terrence Payne

Excerpt from Paper Darts Volume 3 


PAPER DARTS:  What are some opportunities for artists living in the Twin Cities that are unique to our region?

TERRENCE PAYNE: One thing that makes Minneapolis stand out is that it seems to have a much more open art community than other cities I have visited.