Letitia VanSant

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Folkstress Letitia VanSant is a singer-songwriter based in Baltimore, Maryland – accompanying herself on the guitar, banjo, and ukulele.

“Letitia VanSant’s honey-kissed voice embodies a rare earnestness and empathy. But behind the pleasantness is a protest singer with a keen power of observation. The beauty in VanSant’s music and persona wins over the most hardened of hearts.” -Prairie Public Broadcasting

“VanSant does country-flavored Americana with a voice that will melt you.” — Audio Didactic

Letitia VanSant’s distinctly intimate voice and down-to-earth stage presence are nothing if not utterly sincere, and her intricate melodies deliver simple truths about human nature and society. An avid storyteller, many of her shows become intimate conversations with the audience. Her solo debut album Breakfast Truce, released in 2012, features charming arrangements on the ukulele, banjo, and acoustic guitar, with a sound ranging between traditional old time, soulful bluegrass, roots rock, and warbling indie folk.

As her confidence has grown, VanSant has revealed more of her worldview, issuing thought-provoking challenges to herself and her listeners. Her most recent album, Parts & Labor, reflects on the profits-over-people mentality that exploits working families and the communities in which they live. The recording and arrangements were crafted along with the Bonafides, a band of talented musicians who helped transform her repertoire into a bolder, more complex sound rich with full-throated vocal harmonies. The Bonafides include David McKindley-Ward on guitar/mandolin, Tom Liddle on the upright bass, and Will McKindley-Ward on percussion.