Bio

In January 2017, Gina Jeffreys celebrated 26 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.

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.

For her legion of fans, Gina still finds time for some selected concert appearances.

GINA JEFFREYS – CAREER TO DATE

1991 Gina wins Star Maker Quest at Tamworth Country Music Festival.

1993 Gina signs with ABC Music and Warner Chappell Publishing.
First single ‘Two Stars Fell/I’m Getting Over You’ released.
‘Two Stars Fell’ goes to #1 on the Country Charts

1994 Golden Guitar Award – Female Vocalist of the Year
MO Award – Female Country Performer of the Year.
Debut album ‘The Flame’ released.

1995 Golden Guitar Award – Female Vocalist of the Year
MO Award – Female Country Performer of the Year.
Victorian Country Music Awards – Female Vocal of the Year.
‘The Flame’ achieves Gold status.

1996 Golden Guitar Award – Female Vocalist of the Year.
Victorian Country Music Awards – Female Vocal of the Year.
Second album ‘Up Close’ released.
‘Up Close’ achieves Gold status.

1997 ‘The Flame’ achieves Platinum status
MO Award – Female Country Performer of the Year
Inducted into Tamworth Hands of Fame

1998 APRA Award – Most Performed Country Work – ‘I Haven’t Got A Heart’
Third album ‘Somebody’s Daughter’ released
MO Award – Entertainer of the Year

1999 Golden Guitar Award – Female Vocalist of the Year
MO Award – Female Country Performer of the Year
CMT Video of the Year – ‘Dancin’ with Elvis’
‘Somebody’s Daughter’ achieves Gold status
Duet with Nashville’s Billy Dean ‘If I Could Find the Heart’ released
In November ‘Christmas Wish’ album released

2000 Gina records her new album ‘Angel’ in Nashville

2001 ‘Angel’, the first single from the album, is released in March, and the
album in April
‘Angel’ video named a finalist in the Australian Animation Awards

2002 Golden Guitar Award – Video Clip of the Year for ‘Angel’
‘The Best of Gina Jeffreys…So Far’ album released.
APRA Award – Most Performed Country Work – ‘Angel’

2003 In January – Gina’s son Jackson is born
Gina only performs at several Leukaemia Foundation charity events

2004 Gina starts to perform again at some major festivals
Appointed Ambassador for the 2005 Telstra Road to Tamworth

2005 More charity functions
Gina starts recording again with husband/producer Rod McCormack
Gina produces fund-raising 2006 Telstra Child Flight Calendar

2006 In January Gina does her first major Tamworth concert in four years
Finishes her new album ‘Walks Of Life’ – first single ‘Live It’ released

2007 Album ‘Walks Of Life’ launched in January at the Tamworth festival,
where Gina initiates the charity Walk Of Life to raise money for the
Leukaemia Foundation. In April, Gina joins with Beccy Cole and Sara Storer
to form the Songbirds – destined to become the most successful multi-artist
show in Australian country music. Gina sings at the Domain Christmas Carols.

2008 The charity Walk Of Life at Tamworth becomes one of the media highlights
of the festival. At the CMAA Awards, Gina sings a duet with Guy Sebastian.
And the Songbirds’ success continues, playing to sold- out shows all over the country.

2009 Gina does a sell-out concert at Tamworth with Guy Sebastian and Wendy Matthews.
Later she cuts back her touring to spend more time with her family,
but records an album OLD PAINT with husband- producer Rod McCormack –
a laid-back acoustic treatment of Gina’s all- time favourite standards.

2010 Gina’s desire to help and encourage new young talent leads her to start a
series of Singing & Performance Workshops on the Central Coast.
Gina continues to perform her OLD PAINT album at more acoustic- based shows.

2011 Gina does a concert at Tamworth with the legendary Kenny Rogers.
More festivals and the highly-successful Country Music Cruise.
Gina sings at several major Xmas Carols events around the country.

2012 Gina does some shows on the N-NSW coast with Beccy Cole and is
part of a Birthday Concert in Toowoomba for Ray Hadley – plus 2 big shows
in WA with the Songbirds. She takes the Apprentices out with her for some
local Central Coast shows.

2013 Gina headlines the Coastal Country Music Festival in Nambucca Heads,
then does two “Rise & Shine’ flood relief concerts in Southern Queensland.
Again Gina does the Country Music Cruise. And she begins writing and recording for her new album.

2014 Gina’s Singing and Performance Workshops are going from strength to strength –
and headlines the Central Coast Country Music Festival.

 

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Gina

1 Birthday
1st of April. Yes that’s right! April Fools Day!

2 Favourite Colour
Aqua

3 Favourite Perfume
Sarah Jessica Parker’s “Lovely”

4 Favourite Stone
Diamond

5 Drives
Toyota

6 Favourite Food
Mangoes

7 Favourite Drink
Chardonnay

8 Clothing Item I Can’t Live Without
Boots

9 Best Friend In the Whole World
Natalie since I was 11

10 Pet Hate
Violence

11 Favourite Singer
Allison Krauss

12 Favourite Band
The Greencards

13 Weirdest Thing About Me
Can’t listen to the ABC news theme!

14 Hobbies
Writing children’s books

15 Favourite Rainy Day Pastime
Watching videos with my boys

16 Wish I Knew How To
Drive a manual car

17 Probably Never Intend to Learn
To drive a manual car

18 Favourite TV Shows
Desperate Housewives and Bewitched

19 My Heroes
My beautiful husband and gorgeous parents

20 My Motto
Live Well, Laugh Often and Love Much!