Gina Holsopple

Gina Holsopple

 Oswego, New York, USA
BandFolkAmericana

Nationally award-winning songwriter, "Gina is a traveler...the light footed and swift-paced mentality resonates in the songs, which are just as well sung in the concert hall as on the trail..."

Biography

Gina Holsopples inauspicious beginnings as a Mennonite girl growing up in the middle of the Kansas prairie gives Ginas voice a soul that is tough to find in this fast-paced world. Music has always been a part of Ginas life, from Sunday mornings to Friday evening jam sessions with the rest of her family and whoever else happened along for the evening. Gina began playing piano in third grade, picked up the violin in fourth and settled on the guitar as her favorite when she was 16.
After graduating from high school Gina made her way to a small town in Indiana to continue studying music. Spending four years working to become a classically trained musician was enough to send Gina right into New York Citys east village where she became a regular at all of the anti-folk open mic nights. However, a Mennonite girl from the middle of Kansas can only last so long in the big city and she again finds herself in a small town in central New York. Here she spends a good deal of time gardening, canning, quilting and harvesting wild edibles.
Throughout this time, Gina has continued to make music a central part of her life. Performing across the country and releasing 7 albums has kept her on her toes. She is a two-time winner of the New Song Contest at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS in 2009 and 2010, winner of the 2012 Letchworth Pines Songwriting Competition, winner of the Performing Songwriter Contest at the 2010 Avalonfest in Paw Paw, WV, the Schroeppel Songwriter Series contest in 2007 and has also performed at Harborfest 2004, the 2003 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX, and was a featured performer in the New Artists Showcase at the 2000 National Womens Music.
Ginas clear vocals and down-home sound have become a favorite for fans from New York to Minnesota and Chicago to Baltimore. Her lyrics have been highly commended by both reviewers and fans. As an accomplished musician, songwriter and performer her music has been described as captivating, inspiring and ethereal with a sense of longing. So listen closely. Ginas lyrical, acoustic musical style is nothing less than enchanting.

Lyrics

Love Letter

Written By: Gina Holsopple

LOVE LETTER

a little star fell down just an hour before midnight
i closed my eyes as it went out
held my breath and took my swan dive
and the surface got deeper
and the deeper came closer
and the sounds i heard were different
than the noises that the most heard
so take this space and write me a love letter
take my hands and tell me stories
of the lands we travel to
take my eyes i want to see you
take my mind i want to be with you
for a moment
a sunday evening drive
the falcon flies outside my window
a month too long inside
and just a word from you and we’ll go
to a distance that gets nearer
when the nearer moves over
so take this space and write me a love letter…
i get so tired trying to hold these ends together
trying to keep this stride while i wait for clearer weather
so take this space and write me a love letter…

On the Treeline

Written By: Gina Holsopple and Matt Wood

ON THE TREELINE


i think of all you’ve lived through
i think of where you have been
i think of all the mountains you’ve climbed
and if you’ll have to climb again
i think of how inspired i am to be your best friend

and the sun sets on the tree-line,
the snow melts down the mountainside
and i’m sittin’ by my best friend’s side
starin’ at a smile.
we talk about our dreams to come,
wonderin’ where they come from
and we’re holdin’ off the next day’s sun
hopin’ now will last

i know the seasons they
they will always change
i know that nothing ever
really stays the same
i know in this life there’ll be pain
but i’ll be here

and the sun sets on the tree-line,
the snow melts down the mountainside
and i’m sittin’ by my best friend’s side
starin’ at a smile.
we talk about our dreams to come,
wonderin’ where they come from
and we’re holdin’ off the next day’s sun
hopin’ now will last

dreams will come and dreams will go
but like butterflies we know
crossing paths we will grow
by taking time to dance

and the sun sets on the tree-line,
the snow melts down the mountainside
and i’m sittin’ by my best friend’s side
starin’ at a smile.
we talk about our dreams to come,
wonderin’ where they come from
and we’re holdin’ off the next day’s sun
hopin’ now will last
hopin’ now will last
hopin’ now will last

From the Earth

Written By: Gina Holsopple

It's been raining so long and I'm trying to write a true song
Finding passion in some words I really mean
While everything is crumbling and all the faultlines rumbling
The earth is craving true love and she's calling out to me

Truth is there's not a lot that really matters
Truth is there's only little that we need
I'm tired of climbing on this social ladder
just to see the earth that I've been working with my fingers

I'll be okay as long as I can grow
as long as I can know
that I'm okay
I'll harvest what I can
and work to thank the land
and know I'm from the earth
and to the earth I'll go again

There's not a lot to count on
not so easy to believe
I look into the future and all I can do is breathe
There's a skinny yellow line on what I think is the horizon
It's not a lot to see, but it's enough to keep my eyes on.

Truth is there's not a lot that really matters
Truth is there's only little that we need
I'm tired of climbing on this social ladder
just to see the earth that I've been working with my fingers

I'll be okay as long as I can grow
as long as I can know
that I'm okay
I'll harvest what I can
and work to thank the land
and know I'm from the earth
and to the earth I'll go again

Unless

Written By: Gina Holsopple

he played politics
like a game of chess
he the king and so I was the queen I guess
I got sacrificed
when the time was right
so I chose to get out of that game
and every time I have to make that choice
I’m by the water and she’s singin’ my song
and I’ve got no choice but to start singing along
she sings note after
note after note
after
washes me over
unless you’re an ocean
unless you’re an oak tree
what to do if you’re just me I really don’t know
unless you’re a pirate
unless you’re a cowboy
unless you’re divine
what to do to be just fine
unless you’re you
who knows what to do
you’re the chosen one like a golden son
I’m the tag-along
I’m the vagabond
you said “get out there
make them look at you”
you said “I’ll be here
show what you can do”
and every time I have to make that choice
I’m by the water and she’s singin’ my song
and I’ve got no choice but to start singing along
she sings note after
note after note
after
washes me over
unless you’re an ocean
unless you’re an oak tree
what to do if you’re just me I really don’t know
unless you’re a pirate
unless you’re a cowboy
unless you’re divine
what to do to be just fine
unless you’re you
who knows what to do
now my dreams are all learning how to crawl
they are grinning cuz soon they’ll be
big and strong
and every time I have to make that choice
I’m by the water and she’s singin’ my song
and I’ve got no choice but to start singing along
she sings note after
note after note
after

washes me over
unless you’re an ocean
unless you’re an oak tree
what to do if you’re just me I really don’t know
unless you’re a pirate
unless you’re a cowboy
unless you’re divine
what to do to be just fine
unless you’re you
who knows what to do
now every time I have to make that choice
every time I have to make that choice
now every time you have to make that choice
choose to be you

Wandering, Mystified

Written By: Gina Holsopple

I’m a river that can’t even reach her banks
I’m a building with nothing inside
I feel welcome from the weary and desolate
and I long for the lovers who cry

I’m a treasure but nobody looks for it
I’ve got wisdom exploding inside
I can play you like a very fine instrument
and then I will take to the sky

we’re all lost. Wandering, mystified
at the high cost of being alone
but we’re too scared to jump off the cliff recklessly
and leave our hearts bare to crash into the stone

I’m a tree in the autumn that’s wonderfully colorful
but the winter will come and my leaves will all die
I always view laughter as my only alternative,
but when you all go I will break down and cry…

we’re all lost. Wandering, mystified
at the high cost of being alone
but we’re too scared to jump off the cliff recklessly
and leave our hearts bare to crash into the stone

we’re all lost. Wandering, mystified
at the high cost of being alone
but we’re too scared to jump off the cliff recklessly
and leave our hearts bare to crash into the stone

Broken Heart

Written By: Gina Holsopple

There’s a voice that is calling out a message to your soul
It says if you want peace you better let this go
But all this deep, deep sadness, it’s so hard to let it fly
So you just throw your arms out and start to cry
That’s just what happens with a broken heart
A body torn apart
When all that’s left is art
Made from this broken heart
This is no simple matter when you’re tossed out to sea
And you become the captain of this sinking brig
You’ve got a hundred ship hands and they’re all looking to you
For some piece of guidance that will get them through
You’re at a full blown banquet and suddenly you’re full
There are forces you can’t fathom each direction you are pulled
You are wrapped in blankets and all you feel is cold
And though this new life is growing all you feel is old
Then finally sleep comes like you never thought it would
And for one blessed moment you can say you’re really good
Under this full moon rising like it always does
and you know that deep down you are solid love

The Rainbow

Written By: Gina Holsopple

There once was a rainbow who turned all red
The colors weren’t for just her as everyone said
So her orange, yellow, green, blue, purple went away
‘Til red was the rainbow instead

The clouds blew in the other day
The rain fell down in the perfect way
‘til a rainbow adorned that lovely sky
And then something caught my eye

It was this rainbow who’d turned all red
The colors weren’t for just her as everyone said
So her orange, yellow, green, blue, purple went away
‘Til red was the rainbow instead

My eyes were drawn to her scarlet face
She stood so proudly there in space
Not a care had she that she looked so wrong
And it made her seem so strong

I called to her ‘cause I had to know
“What has made all your colors go?”
She said, “I’ve carried all the colors for a thousand years,
While the colors of the earth have disappeared.

So, one by one I gave my colors away.
Orange to the sunset at the end of the day.
Yellow to the sand that meets the sea.
And I smiled now that they were part of me.

Green was my favorite so I spread it around
From the tops of the trees all the way to the ground.
Blue to the sky and purple to the violets.”
‘til red was the rainbow instead

She said, “My colors aren’t for me alone.
The earth I have loved and for the earth I have shone.
And I give them to you, too, my strength I have found
With more than enough to go around.”

There once was a rainbow who turned all red
The colors weren’t for just her as everyone said
So her orange, yellow, green, blue, purple went away
‘Til red was the rainbow instead

I'm in Love

Written By: Gina Holsopple

I’m in love with a memory,
I’m in love with the sound when the band starts playing
And the lights go down
I’m in love with a sunrise on a cool summer morning
When the stars fill the night sky and the clouds bring the storms

I’m in love with a sweet song
One where everyone sings along
And the melody brings us home again
I’m in love with a full moon that pulls in a sweet tune
And the melody brings me home

I’m in love with his dancing, I’m in love with her laugh
I’m in love with the snow crunch as I walk down this path
I’m in love with the quiet in the middle of night
With a hard day of work that ends in a good cry

I’m in love with a sweet song
One where everyone sings along
And the melody brings us home again
I’m in love with a full moon that pulls in a sweet tune
And the melody brings me home

I’m in love with the thought that you might like me too
I’m in love with the strength of all we can do
When the birds sing out springtime
With a rest after a hard climb
When a seed grows an oak tree
When you say that you love me

I’m in love with a sweet song
One where everyone sings along
And the melody brings us home again
I’m in love with a full moon that pulls in a sweet tune
And the melody brings me home

It's Good

Written By: Gina Holsopple

I’ve got a wocket in my pocket and a big brown bear.
I’ve got a lover under cover and an easy chair.
I’ve got some fresh grown potatoes and a yellow bus.
If I was really that cool, would I be someone you love?

Oh, it’s good to be here with you near me
Oh, it’s good you are you and I am me

You know I just can’t whistle so I’ll hum a tune.
And though I try to listen, but I speak too soon.

I would rather have a flower than a diamond ring.
And I feel so much better every time I sing.

Oh, it’s good to be here with you near me
Oh, it’s good you are you and I am me

I’ve got a couple strong opinions and a little luck.
And even if I worked from sunrise, would it be enough?

You know I’ve always got a minute and an open door.
And if you walk right in, I’ll give you even more.

Oh, it’s good to be here with you near me
Oh, it’s good you are you and I am me

Discography

Red, copyright 2013

* "The Rainbow" - winner of the New Song Contest at the Walnut Valley Festival

 * "I'm in Love" - runner-up in the New Song Contest at the Walnut Valley Festival

From the Earth, copyright 2010

* "On the Treeline" - winner of the 2010 New Song Contest at the Walnut Valley Festival
* "On the Treeline" and "Broken Heart" - winners in the Performing Songwriter Competition at the 2010 Avalonfest

Unless, copyright 2008

* "Unless" - runner-up in the 2009 New Song Contest at the Walnut Valley Festival

Drop of Water, copyright 2005

* "Love Letter" - winner of the 2009 New Song Contest at the Walnut Valley Festival

Rain Princess, copyright 2002

gina holsopple, copyright 2001

Long Night in a Movie Theatre, copyright 2000

Wandering, Mystified, copyright 1999

Set List

A typical set is 50-60 minutes (13-17 songs). Our standard set is 97% original music with an occasional cover such as "Big Yellow Taxi", "Dream a Little Dream of Me", "Ring of Fire", etc.
The original songs on our set list typically include:
"On the Treeline"
"Love Letter"
"Unless"
"Something Like"
"Broken Heart"
"From the Earth"
"Midnight Prairie"
etc...