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Faces of #MakeMusicHartford: Charmagne Glass-Tripp

If you’ve been even remotely aware of the Hartford music scene for the past couple of decades, you’ve heard of Charmagne Glass-Tripp. In addition to being an in-demand, Grammy-winning vocalist, Charmagne is passionate about social justice and animal rights. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with her on one of our Neighborhood Music Hubs – she’ll be booking a day’s worth of music at the Willie Ware Recreation Center, as well as hosting an open mic!

photography: Mike Marques

What is your instrument(s)? If not a singer/musician, what is your connection to the arts?

Singer/Songwriter/Creator

What do you do other than the arts – professionally? Hobbies?

I do creative projects and marketing for a Social Justice organization and I have a passion for Animal Rights.

What drew you to MMH?. 

I love the idea of music being made on the streets. I feel like the city suffers from lack of festivity and this is a great way to make it vibrant and for artists to contribute collectively. 

What drew you to Hartford and what is making you stay?

I was born in Hartford and raised in Bloomfield. I have deep roots here. Lots of support and familiarity.

What is your favorite genre(s) of music?

I grew up on 80’s pop and hip hop. Loved It! Whitney Houston was and still is my favorite singer. In the early 90’s I found my voice through Neo Soul and Smooth R&B. 

Top 3 favorite things about Hartford:

It’s size, diversity and evolving energy.

Fun fact:

I casually recorded a demo with a friend here in Hartford. Rapper EMINEM heard the demo, bought the song and we won a Grammy. 

What part of MMH are you most looking forward to?

The collaboration between venues and artists to produce an amazing day of music.

Hopes/dreams/wishes for Hartford:

That we maintain a vibrant and inclusive community that values and celebrates creativity and its people often.

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