|Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase||Gina DeLuca|
Gina DeLuca was
raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Her love for music was evident as early
as age three, when she would listen to the Beatles on her Barbie record
player and sing into the handle of a vacuum cleaner. Even with this
love of performing, the idea of making music her living didn't come
about until Gina turned twenty-two. After sitting in with a local band
she became addicted to the feeling of performing live. As a solo
vocalist, Gina found her opportunities limited to performing with duos
or groups so she decided to take matters into her own hands by picking
up the guitar. Six months, forty songs, and a lot of determination
later she was not only playing the guitar but landed a weekly solo gig
at Leadbetter's Tavern, in Fell's Point, MD, where she continued to
play every Friday for the next eight years.
With a steady gig and an ever-growing fan base, Gina has developed quite an eclectic repertoire over the past thirteen years. Currently performing over 600 songs from her ever-expanding list, variety is inevitable and encouraged. While the majority of her songs are covers, Gina brings a warmth and soulfulness to each song that makes them, in some ways, her very own.
Gina is influenced by Nina Simone, Annie Lennox, Eva Cassidy, Susan Tedeschi, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald Ray Charles and Saffire-The Uppity Blueswomen. Her natural style and deep understanding of the blues are evident in every song. From soft, delicate whispers to powerful, defiant wails, Gina bares her soul for all to witness. Red truly is the color of love, passion and power.
Gina has released two CDs, "Angel with Dirty Wings" in 2006 and "Blue Eyed Soul" in 2009.
What reviewers are saying:
Gina has a pure, soulful voice that is extremely pleasant to listen
to. She manages to drop down low into the blues, and soar high into
soulful cries, all the while keeping it smooth and sultry. Gina's
lyrics are subtle and clever.... I would recommend this to anyone
who enjoys a smooth, classic mix of blues, jazz, funk and soul.
-- Revolution Online Magazine:
Sometimes an artist comes along to jar the most jaded of music lovers.
Such is the case with Gina DeLuca. Times like these make my gig
easy....My pen has a direct connection shooting up my arm to the
bluesheart center of my brain and my words spew forth. No great
revelations or innovations here. All the various elements are just
were they should be in just the right amount. -- Chicago Blues
Gina DeLuca's music on Amazon
Gina DeLuca appeared in the January 2013
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