In January 1991, Gina Jeffreys burst onto the Australian Country Music scene as the new Star Maker winner, taking over the reins from previous winner Keith Urban at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Gina went on to become Australia’s first ever female country artist to sell platinum albums, perform sell-out shows across Australia, and take her music all over the world.
She quickly went on to become a household name regularly appearing on hit TV shows like Hey Hey It’s Saturday and The Midday Show, and touring Australia with music greats like Lee Kernaghan, Kenny Rogers, Guy Sebastian, Kris Kristofferson and the most famous of all – Johnny Cash.
In 1994 Gina literally went from singing to five people a night in a dimly lit Sydney wine bar to opening for Johnny Cash in front of 15,000 people a night!
This quickly propelled Gina into the spotlight and the rest, as they say, is history.
International highlights have included performing at Fan Fair and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, a New Year’s Eve Television Special in Shanghai, China, singing live to over two billion people, and the Tour of Duty Concert in East Timor alongside John Farnham and Kylie Minogue.
Gina visited Vietnam for the Fred Hollows Foundation and later, following a cathartic experience with a young member of her fan club, became a patron of the Australian Leukaemia Foundation. Gina quietly helped sick children for over ten years. This led her to found the charity event Walk Of Life.
After having a string of number one hits, Golden Guitars and music awards and seven albums under her belt, Gina and husband – award-winning record producer and musician, Rod McCormack – decided to put family first and Gina stepped out of the spotlight to raise their son Jacky.
During her time away from the stage, Gina became a successful public speaker and set up the highly successful Gina Jeffreys Workshops, where she and her team teach and mentor talented young people from all over Australia on the Central Coast.
Several of her students have gone on to sign recording deals, and the Workshops have also contributed winners of The Voice and Australia’s Got Talent.
After taking off almost all of son Jacky’s formative years to never miss a goodnight kiss or a footy game, Gina is back with her first new originals album in 12 years titled “Beautiful Tangle” and released on August 9.
To say a lot has happened in Gina’s life since she last stood under the spotlight would be an understatement and the fastest way for you to catch up would be to listen to the lyrics on Gina’s long awaited new album “Beautiful Tangle”.
“I’ve written every single song with some great writers - and every song is a page out of my life”.
Gina and Rod headed back to Nashville together for the first time since 1999 with a bunch of songs and a heap of stories to tell. Rod produced the new album and it might not be what people are expecting. It’s all acoustic instruments, with lots of energy, harmony and heart.
“We all sat in the same room and recorded everything live. It’s pretty organic. Kind of stripped back and naked!!” Gina says.
“If I’m honest, I used to just look for songs that I thought radio would like. Songs that sounded like hits, but now, all I care about is that these are true stories straight from my heart.
There are songs that were hard to write without crying. Songs about family, my love, my heart and my life.
“It all started in our little studio on the beautiful Central Coast – a few weeks at the Sound Emporium in Nashville, and then back home for the finishing touches. I kind of feel as excited as I did when my first album came out over 25 years ago.”
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