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Winning the Toyota Star Maker Quest, marked the start of a remarkable career that’s not only taken Gina to the top of the country music industry, but continued to bring new surprises and successes for this talented and vivacious woman.
Gina was a pioneer for women in Australian country music and forged a path for many others to follow.
After releasing her first single Slipping Away through BMG Music, Gina signed a record deal with ABC Music, and released her first single for the label Two Stars Fell in 1993. The song went straight to No.1 and the career of Gina Jeffreys was launched. Her debut album The Flame went platinum, and the following January Gina won her first Golden Guitar for Female Vocalist of the Year.
She has released seven albums, each one rocketing to the top of the Country charts, and along the way gathered an impressive collection of awards, and a steady stream of Gold and Platinum awards.
Gina has been one of the most in-demand performers in Australia, both live and on television, and international highlights have included performing at Fan Fair in Nashville, on a New Year’s Eve Television Special in Shanghai, China, to over 2 billion people, and the Tour of Duty Concert in East Timor.
Gina has toured with the legendary Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Keith Urban – and performed with Kenny Rogers.
But magic doesn’t just happen by itself — Gina has worked incredibly hard to develop her career, and continues to emerge with fresh new sounds and stunning new looks to delight her fans and win over new supporters for her music.
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 institute the charity Walk Of Life, which every year raises thousands of dollars at the Tamworth festival.
A few years back, Gina performed in collaboration with friends Beccy Cole and Sara Storer as the highly-successful Songbirds – and recorded a live concert dvd.
Gina released her most recent album OLD PAINT in 2010 – a collection of timeless standards, played and produced by record producer-husband Rod McCormack. It was then that Gina decided to give something back to the industry that had been so good to her – and she started the Gina Jeffreys Performance Workshops, based on the Central Coast, to encourage and mentor new young performers.
And there is still so much more to come.