When Gina Horswood packed her life in a bag and bought a one-way ticket to the other side of the world, she had no idea what was in store for her or her music career. Since October 2011, she’s traveled to a whole new hemisphere, bringing with her a distinctive voice and songs inspired by her nomadic life.
Gina’s debut “Our Way”, penned with sister Melanie, was released in 2006 and boasted two Top 10 country singles in Australia. The duo extensively toured East Coast Australia and shared bills with multiple-Aria-winning artists Kasey Chambers and Pete Murray. In 2009, Gina’s sophomore CD and first solo album, “Crazy Brilliant Mess”, received critical acclaim in the rich musical landscape down under, with the video for her single “Ordinary Girl” reaching the top 50 on the national Country Music Channel charts.
In 2013, Gina followed the troubadour tradition and travelled to the heart of the North American music scene: Nashville, Tennessee. There she collaborated with renowned songwriter and producer Jim Reilley (The New Dylans, cuts by Vince Gill, Sam Bush) to create The Nashville Sessions EP. Since that release in 2014, Gina has continued touring North America and had the privilege of opening acts such as Dana Fuchs (Across The Universe, off-broadway “Love, Janis”), Suzie Vinnick (10X Maple Blues Award winner, 3X Juno Nominee), Jon Brooks (three-time “Songwriter of the Year” nominee at the Canadian Folk Music Awards) and Basia Bulat (2013 Polaris and Juno nominee).
In July 2015, Gina was the winner of the first Collingwood Live & Original Music Series – a competition which “celebrates finding musical creativity and innovation at the grass-roots level”. Gina went on to record her next release “Porcelain” shortly after the Collingwood win, with Canadian producer Andre Wahl (Luke Doucet, Hawksley Workman, Amy Sky, Shania Twain). Musicians on the project included Tom & Sly Juhas (Banners, Jadea Kelly), Rich Levesque (Blue Rodeo, Jason McCoy/The Road Hammers, Melissa McClelland) and Robbie Grunwald (Jill Barber, Coco Love Alcorn).
Porcelain is Gina’s first full length release since “Our Way” and the sound is rich, organic and compelling, inspired by her experiences around the world. The first single hit Australian and Canadian radio on November 30, 2015, with the full album being launched in May 2016. Since then Horswood has toured across Canada and Australia. Horswood has now settled in Northern Ontario and is writing for her next release.