Chava Mirel is a singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist who combines rich, luxurious vocals with deep pocket rhythms to bringing a new approach to Jewish music. With themes of gratitude, self-acceptance, balance and responsibility for each other, Chava’s songs bring comfort and uplift the spirit.
Since age 2, Chava has been connecting with and performing for multiple generations, both in Jewish and secular music. She has toured and recorded with several notable artists such as Ari Up (The Slits), Reggie Watts, Frankie Paul, and Ashanti Roy (The Congos). She has also opened for and collaborated with legendary artists Cachao, Arturo Sandoval, Israel Vibration and Fishbone. Chava now plays and tours with Clinton Fearon (the Gladiators) and is the featured vocalist for global jazz fusion band Duende Libre.
As an award-winning Jewish musician, Chava has worked for decades as an educator and prayer leader in Reform, Conservative and independent congregations throughout areas of New York, Los Angeles and Seattle. She has recorded two full-length albums under her own name, and also writes and records in a duo project, Josh and Chava, with musical partner Josh Niehaus.
Chava now tours all over North America as an Artist-In-Residence. Her songs are featured on the URJ Dunst Social Justice Music Project album, the Behrman House “Hebrew in Harmony” curriculum, and the “Gift of Music” collection curated by Jewish Rock Radio. In between performing, composing and leading worship, Chava enjoys life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her sweet husband and son, both drummers.