Gina Darby

Gina Darby

BandChristianAdult Contemporary

Christian, Adult Contemporary, Jazz, Soul, Gospel

Biography

Who’s that lady?
Smooth-as-satin songwriter and singer…Powerhouse producer and performer…with the album, “One More Day,” she has knit together various genres of music with the common thread of being in love- -with God. With a sound as fresh as spring rain…

Meet ginadarby.
With her single “Yes” on over 40 stations and steadily gaining ground in the United States, Europe, The Netherlands, Germany, and more since being added at Chicago’s V103, WVAZ-FM, Gina, a Gary/Chicago native, now residing in Atlanta, is turning heads and making ‘em bobb! “Blues and Soul” Magazine’s album review gives Gina four stars!

As writer, vocal arranger, and performer on her 1st solo project, “One More Day,” composed by former Grover Washington, Jr. MD/Arranger, Bill Jolly and featuring Branford Marsalis, she has already crossed over the adult contemporary, soul, smooth jazz, and gospel lines. The excitingly broad range of musical styles she employs is purely captivating, as is the five octave range she laces through the fabric of her melodies. She has shared the stage with many from Angela Bofill to Freddie Jackson to Josh Groban. She rocks “Second Chance” on a compilation with Vivian Green, Toni Braxton, and Yolanda Adams-the same song nominated for GMA’s Unsigned Gospel Hip Hop Song of the Year. During the 2006 Labor Day Weekend, she performed “Yes” on Fox TV’s Good Day Atlanta and assembled her friends, Sheldon Reynolds (EWF), Bill Jolly, and others as she headlined Sunday Night at the world-renowned, Montreux Jazz Festival in Atlanta, the only North American city to host music’s most prestigious concert. NARAS Atlanta Board Member, Dee Dee Murray, says, “My kids have to hear Gina every time we get in the car. This project needs to be heard.”

Once a back-up singer for Billboard Dance Chart-topper, Shawn Christopher, Gina was routinely handed the mike from Jonathan Butler while sitting in the audience. In 2005, doing original material from what is now the album, “One More Day,” she “wowed” the crowd in performance and served as a judge for HOTT 1075’s Bermuda Idol and opened for “Rare Earth” at the country’s largest Fourth of July celebration, The Detroit/Canadian Fireworks. And even more, she performed at the Dr. Bobby Jones International Retreat Luncheon and brought the audience to its feet at the Gospel Heritage Independent Artist Showcase.

With the completion of her album in 2006, Gina hit radio stations, performances, and interviews from coast to coast, along with almost every music festival Atlanta could host. She joined a five-city tour with “Women Who Jam” and found herself “added” in Chicago with the single, “Yes.” It was some time ago that “Yes,” originally written by Sylvia Bennett-Smith, appeared on Gina’s first demo. With new verses and new bridge, Sylvia and Gina share the credit as writers with Bill Jolly and Marc MDOC Williams as composers. And, it was that demo that first caught the attention of PD/OPM, Elroy Smith, who aired Gina’s “Whatcha Gonna Do For Me” on “Chicago Home Jams.” She was compared to the likes of Minnie Riperton and the song was dubbed, “major.” Shortly thereafter, the budding songstress was named one of the “Midwest Gap’s Rising Stars.” It was during that time that Gina, though raised in church, was compelled to search out her own way. She desired to have impact. She desired to be clear. She decided to put the music on “hold” and responded to the call to leave her corporate gig, not for the music, as she had been many times challenged to do, but to serve in the full-time women’s ministry. And, the bud continues to blossom. Currently, Gina is constructing the theme song for the international, “Youth For Human Rights” organization, amidst the ever-growing requests for her time and talent.

Here, you’ve met an artist in the truest sense. Yes, gifted, indeed. She’s progressive, yet traditional- smooth, yet ‘hittin. You will not walk away unchanged. Every line etched in the sand is washed away by ONE message. Totally real…totally relatable…Gina’s enchanting voice delivers a message of faith…a message of hope…the message of love. 2006 Billboard Radio Music Director of the Year, Terry Bello, says, “Gina is already on my syndicated show and I’ve definitely got her back-period.”

Discography

Album One More Day ( http://www.ginadarby.com )

Set List

"One More Day" Album Songs and a variety of R&B songs including Earth Wind & Fire featuring Sheldon Reynolds form Earth Wind & Fire as guest artist if so arranged.