Gem

Gem

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Gemma’s unique blend of instruments include vocals, piano, guitar and strings. Her songs fluently express her thoughts and emotions through scintillating vocal melody and dramatic piano, strings and guitar accompaniment. Her heartfelt songs have the unique ability to mix and blend musical style

Biography

Gemma Russell is an upcoming New Zealand talent with a soulful voice and stage presence to match. The classically trained singer and instrumentalist is out honing her craft around Auckland with a view to release her first single ‘On a high’ recorded recently with UK producer Greg Haver and well-known NZ sound engineer Clint Murphy.

Gemma has already sparked interested from the top brass in the NZ recording industry and it looks like 2009 is shaping up to be a remarkable year from this young singer-songwriter… Gemma’s unique blend of instruments include vocals, piano, guitar, strings and flute. Her songs fluently express her thoughts and emotions through scintillating vocal melody and dramatic piano, strings and guitar accompaniment. Her heartfelt songs have the unique ability to mix and blend musical styles intertwining genres such as Adult-contemporary, Pop, Classical and Celtic.

Born and raised in the deep south of New Zealand, Gemma was regarded as an 'all-rounder' kind of kid. She excelled at sport and played lead roles in school productions. At University Gemma completed a music degree specialising in classical and performance music at Otago University and went on to finish her study with a Graduate Diploma in Primary Education.

While also finding time to enjoy the prodigal student life, Gemma played for the National Champion Southern Sting netball team. Injury meant she turned her full attention to another passion – Music.

Two years out of teachers college, Gemma decided to give up being a full-time primary teacher in order concentrate on her music in May 2008. She is now a fulltime singer/songwriter in Auckland, and a regular act at a number of Auckland venues. Gemma has a genuine knack for entertaining an audience, not just with her music, but with an entrancing charisma that so obviously honest and real and one that is extremely hard to find in this industry.

It’s a cliché - but with this promising musician - no words could be truer than ‘watch this space’.

Lyrics

On a High

Written By: Gemma Russell

On a High

Verse 1:
Bumps on the road
Strong conditioned
Manual drive
Reminds me I'm still alive
I'm still alive

Chorus:
If it was the end of the world
I still wouldn't cry
The time that I had
Would end on a high
I'd say my goodbyes
Wouldn't bother asking why
The time that I had
Would end on a high

Verse 2:
Just make a wish
No more lingering round
It's something quite profound
Why not pass it around
Pass it around

CHORUS
BRIDGE - On a high (repeated)
CHORUS x 2

On A High

Written By: Gemma Russell

On a High

Verse 1:
Bumps on the road
Strong conditioned air
Manual drive
Reminds me I'm still alive
I'm still alive

Chorus:
If it was the end of the world
I still wouldn't cry
The time that I had
Would end on a high
I'd say my goodbyes
Wouldn't bother asking why
The time that I had
Would end on a high

Verse 2:
Just make a wish
No more lingering round
It's something quite profound
Why not pass it around
Pass it around

CHORUS
BRIDGE - On a high (repeated)
CHORUS x 2

Discography

Single - 'On a High' Granted NZ on Air video funding. Planning to release when video is completed.
Performance on Juice TV garage session, sunrise TV3 2009.

Set List

Original set - 30-45minutes
- Here I stand
- Heaven's Closed for the Day
- All at once
- I need to stop feeling
- Puppet Show
- My first
- On a high

Example of covers set:
- Baby can I hold you - Tracy Chapman
- Yellow - Coldplay
- Better be home soon - Crowded House
- Mr Brightside - The killers
- To love somebody - The BeeGees
- Champagne Supernova - Oasis
- Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
- Peaceful Easy Feeling - The Eagles
- Let her cry - Hootie and the blowfish
- Zombie - The Cranberries
- Hey Jude - The Beatles