Only once in a great while an artist comes along with the power to cause jaws to drop in awe—ladies and and gentleman, meet Philadelphia's own musical own dynamo Gina Sicilia
Exposed to music early on by her music-loving family, Gina began singing at the age of 3 and wrote her first song at the tender age of 12. Upon hearing blues legend Bobby Bland for the first time at the age of 14, she became instantly enthralled by the raw emotion and power of blues & soul. After spending her teenage years polishing her vocal and songwriting skills, Gina began singing in clubs around the Philadelphia area, and has since branched out worldwide.
As an artist who has been performing on the blues circuit for only a few short years, it is obvious to see that Gina's star is rising, and it is rising fast.
In December 2007, only five months after the release of her critically acclaimed debut album, "Allow Me To Confess", Gina signed with the prestigious Piedmont Talent booking agency, which represents such legendary acts as Johnny Winter and James Cotton. That same month, Gina's impressive talent was recognized by the Blues Foundation, earning her a 2008 Blues Music Awards nomination for "Best New Artist Debut".
Now 23, this soulful, passionate vocalist and songwriter has just completed her sophomore CD. Entitled
"Hey Sugar", this musical masterpiece proves Sicilia to be not only a stunning vocalist but an extraordinarily gifted, unique songwriter, capable of writing soulfully and effectively in a multitude of genres. The record is a reflection of Gina's diverse musical talent and tastes, as well as her undeniable and continuous growth as a vocalist and songwriter.
The album consists of thirteen soul-stirring tracks, nine of which were written entirely by Gina herself
"Hey Sugar" was produced by 2007 Blues Music Awards Nominee Dave Gross, who also lends his own innovative guitar playing to the mix. Backed by a cast of some of the finest players in the business, including young harmonica master Dennis Gruenling and acclaimed pianist David Maxwell, Gina's powerful vocal delivery, range, and conviction command the attention of listeners throughout the entire album.
With "Hey Sugar", Gina continues to develop a competence that belies her age.
She is an artist in high-demand, and continues to receive rave reviews from critics and music fans alike.
More than just a throwback to the great blues & soul vocalists of the 50's & 60's, Gina uniquely separates herself from the pack of current vocalists with a style that is distinctive, magnetic, and anything but cliché.
Now an internationally touring artist, Gina's ability to evolve as a vocalist and songwriter is boundless. This is only the beginning for Gina Sicilia, as she will undoubtedly continue to make her mark among the new generation of musical artists.