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Gina Holsopple’s inauspicious beginnings as a Mennonite girl growing up in the middle of the Kansas prairie gives Gina’s voice a soul that is tough to find in this fast-paced world. Music has always been a part of Gina’s 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 primary instrument 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 City’s east village where she became a regular at 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 teaching private music lessons, gardening, canning, and harvesting wild edibles when she is not traveling and performing.
Throughout this time, Gina has continued to make music a central part of her life. She keeps a full load of private music students, has a loyal following of Patreon supporters who were essential in helping her release her 9th album, “2015”, which was nominated for a SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Award) as best folk album.
She is a four-time winner of the New Song Contest at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS in 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2016, winner of the 2012 Wayne County Original Music Competition in Wayne County, NY, winner of the Performing Songwriter Contest at the 2010 Avalonfest in Paw Paw, WV, the Schroeppel Songwriter Series contest in Schroeppel, NY in 2007 and has also performed at Harborfest 2004, 2011 and 2012, the 2003 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX, and was a featured performer in the New Artists’ Showcase at the 2000 National Women’s Music Festival.
Gina is always working on her next creative project, including releasing 10 music videos over the past year.
Gina’s 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” and “inspiring.” In this world where we need as many spots of light as we can find, Gina proudly carries her torch.
“She is like the illegitimate daughter of Joan Baez and Melissa Etheridge.” ~ Fan, Syracuse, NY
“Her meandering melodies and winsome voice are sure to make your foot tap, head bob, and lips open wide with a smile.” ~ Brad Crescenzo, MuzikReviews.com
“sometimes punchy, sometimes poignant…” ~ Jenny Ivor, Rambles
"Gina's voice is pure joy, sometimes low and husky, other times soaring to high notes as though the sky were the limit…” ~ Linda Hood, fan, New York City