In January last year at Tamworth, Gina Jeffreys celebrated 21 years since winning the Toyota Star Maker Quest, marking 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.
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 also 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.
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.
And as a hard-working patron of the Australian Leukaemia Foundation, Gina has quietly been helping 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.
Over the past few years, Gina performed in collaboration with friends Beccy Cole and Sara Storer – as the highly-successful Songbirds.
And in January 2010, in a rewind of her musical life and influences, Gina released her most recent album OLD PAINT – a collection of timeless standards, played and produced by record producer-husband Rod McCormack.
And now Gina has decided to put something back into the industry that has so wonderfully blessed her. As a way to pass on some of the skills that she has learned over 21 years of performing at the highest level, Gina has opened a series of Workshops for young, talented and aspiring performers.