Chava Mirel is a singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist who combines rich, luxurious vocals with deep pocket rhythms to bring a new sound 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 multiple generations through performance. 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 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.
An award-winning Jewish composer, Chava has worked for decades as an educator and prayer leader at Reform, Conservative and independent congregations in and around 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 visits communities all over North America as an Artist-In-Residence, and 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. She was recently selected as a fellow with Joey Weisenberg’s Rising Song Institute. In between performing, composing and leading prayers, Chava is enjoying life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her sweet husband and son, both drummers.