In January 1991, Gina Jeffreys burst onto the Australian Country Music scene taking over the reins as the new Star Maker winner from Keith Urban at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Gina soon became Australian Country Music’s Golden Girl and 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 Kenny Rogers, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Kernaghan, Guy Sebastian, and the most famous of all – Johnny Cash.
Back in 1994, Gina literally went from singing to 5 people a night in a dimly lit Sydney wine bar to opening for Johnny Cash to 15,000 people a night!
This quickly propelled Gina into the spotlight and the rest, as they say, is history.
She went on to become Australia’s first ever female country artist to sell platinum albums and sellout shows across Australia and took her music all over the world.
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 2 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, and 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 on the Central Coast and from all over Australia.
Several of her students have gone on to sign recording deals, and the GJW Workshops have also contributed winners of The Voice and Australia’s Got Talent.
After taking off almost all of son Jacky’s early life, to never miss a goodnight kiss or a footy game, Gina is back with her first originals album in 12 years.
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 song with some great co-writers - and every song is a page out of my life”.
Gina, together with husband, award winning record producer Rod McCormack, headed back to Nashville for the first time since 1999 with a bunch of songs and a heap of stories to tell.
Rod produced the album and it might not be what you are expecting.
It features 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.”