Gin Wigmore

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Gin Wigmore
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Background information
Birth name Virginia Wigmore[1]
Also known as Gin
Born (1986-06-06) 6 June 1986 (age 28)
Auckland, New Zealand
Genres Folk rock, alternative rock, pop, pop rock, soul, blues, blues rock, jazz
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, ukulele
Years active 2008–present
Labels Island
Associated acts Smashproof
The Cardinals

Virginia Claire "Gin" Wigmore (born 6 June 1986)[2] is a New Zealand singer-songwriter. She released her first album, Holy Smoke, in 2009, and her second, Gravel & Wine, in 2011. In 2009, she featured on the Smashproof single, "Brother".

Personal life[edit]

Virginia Wigmore, more commonly known as Gin Wigmore, was born in Auckland, New Zealand to Peter and Adrienne Wigmore. Wigmore has two older siblings: brother Olly and sister Lucy Wigmore, a professional actress known for starring as Justine Jones in the long-running New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street and a role in Underbelly: Razor. She married Jason Butler, lead singer of the band Letlive. during a private ceremony in Hawaii in September 2014.[citation needed]


International Songwriting Competition[edit]

Inspired by David Gray’s album White Ladder, Wigmore wrote her first song, "Angelfire", at the age of 14. Two years later her father died of cancer and Wigmore stopped writing and playing music. She went to Argentina on an exchange program to teach at a kindergarten. On her return to New Zealand, she wrote "Hallelujah", a tribute to her father.[3] Her sister entered the song in the US-based International Songwriting Competition in 2004,[4] and Wigmore beat 11,000 songwriting aspirants from 77 countries to become the youngest and only unsigned Grand Prize winner in the history of the competition.[3] She also won the Teen category with "Angelfire".[4] "Hallelujah" was featured in the season 6 finale of One Tree Hill. The song "Kill Of The Night" has been used in the American television series Pretty Little Liars in the season 4 premiere broadcast in June 2013 on ABC Family

Hallelujah was my way of telling my family I had dealt with dad's passing and honestly, I didn't want to share these feelings with anyone else. I wanted the moment for myself and my family.

— Gin Wigmore[5]

Extended Play[edit]

Extended Play was Wigmore's first EP. It was produced by Tony Buchen (Blue King Brown, The Whitlams, Macromantics, Kid Confucius) and contains the tracks "Hallelujah", "These Roses", "SOS", "Under My Skin", and "Easy Come Easy Go". Australian musician John Butler played ukulele on song "SOS".[5] Released in 2008, the EP peaked at number ten in the New Zealand charts. It was certified Platinum in New Zealand on 2 May 2010, selling over 15,000 copies.[6]

Extended Play was released in Australia on 2 August 2008 by Island Records. Wigmore was the first artist signed with Island Records, a partner company with Universal Music Group, Australia.[5] She toured with Australian artist Pete Murray on his national tour in August/September 2008. Wigmore toured in 2008, including at the Cross Town Revue in Auckland, and in December 2008, toured with musicians John Mellencamp and Sheryl Crow in New Zealand. Her hit single "Under My Skin" was featured on an Air New Zealand advertising campaign, Nothing to Hide.

Wigmore featured in the 2009 song and video of "Brother" by new group Smashproof, also from Auckland.

Holy Smoke[edit]

In 2009, Wigmore released her debut full-length album Holy Smoke, recorded with The Cardinals of Ryan Adams & the Cardinals fame.[7] The first single from the album, "Oh My", debuted on the New Zealand Singles Chart at number twenty-one on 24 August 2009, moving to number seven the following week. It peaked at number four.

Three other singles were released during 2010, "I Do" charted at no. 14 on the Official New Zealand Singles Chart, while third single "Hey Ho" missed out on a top 20 position by charting just outside at no. 21. The fourth single taken from Holy Smoke was "Too Late For Lovers", and despite hitting no. 3 on the NZ40 Airplay chart, the single failed to crack the national Top 40. During the week of 30 May 2010, all four of Wigmore's singles from Holy Smoke appeared on the NZ40 Airplay Chart[8] 'Too Late For Lovers' #7, 'Oh My' #23, 'Hey Ho' #24, 'I Do' #37

The single "Oh My" is the theme track for the series The Almighty Johnsons. Wigmore's single "Hey Ho" appeared during the closing scenes of the Weeds Season 6 Finale. In September 2011, Home Improvement Retailer Lowe's began a new brand campaign featuring Wigmore's single "Don't Stop".[9] Her song "Stealing Happiness" appeared in the TV movie "Tangiwai".

Gravel & Wine[edit]

Main article: Gravel & Wine

In September 2011, Wigmore revealed the title and release of her new album Gravel & Wine on her official Facebook page.[10] The first single was slated to be "Black Sheep"; it was released 26 September 2011 and peaked so far[when?] at #13. The album was released on 7 November 2011. It debuted at #29 on the Australian Albums Chart.[citation needed][when?] Wigmore released music videos for "Man Like That" and "If Only".

"Black Sheep" appeared in episode 12, season 8 of television series Grey's Anatomy, in episode 2, season 2 of Teen Wolf, and in episode 5, season 5 of The Good Wife. She appeared singing it on Gift of Revenge, a segment of ABC's television show Revenge (TV series) season 2, episode 7. Also airing during season 2 of Teen Wolf was the song Kill of the Night, which also featured on TV show 666 Park Avenue and became the theme song for cable channel AMC's annual airing of Halloween movies and shows titled FearFest.

Song "Man Like That" was used in the James Bond Skyfall tie-in commercial from Heineken, Wigmore is seen performing the song. The advertisement also had a host of Bond Stars from various Bond movies. Meanwhile Kill of the Night appeared on the Alfa Romeo commercials in Australia, and was used on a Nationwide Insurance TV commercial in the United States.

Gravel & Wine was released in the U.S. on 2 April 2013, and Wigmore appeared on the entire 2013 Vans Warped Tour.[11][12]

Blood to Bone[edit]

On 14 August 2014, Wigmore had confirmed she had begun studio production on her third LP. It is slated for an early 2015 release. Throughout 15 to 22 August, Wigmore had worked in West Hollywood. But on 25 August 2014, Wigmore posted a picture of the beginning of her thirteen day studio work at Blakeslee Recording Studios in North Hollywood, California. Stephen Rusch is engineering the album. On 29 January 2015, Wigmore posted the album cover and title of her the third LP, "Blood to Bone," which is scheduled for release on 26 June 2015.


  • Tour with Jimmy Barnes (2009)
  • Holy Smoke Tour (2010)
  • The Grave Train National Tour (2010)
  • Gin Wigmore (2011)
  • The Winery Tour (2012)
  • Gravel and Wine Tour (2012)
  • Vans Warped Tour - United States (2013)


Gin Wigmore discography
Studio albums 2
EPs 3
Singles 6
Music videos 8
Commercials 1

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title NZL
(sales thresholds)
2009 Holy Smoke 1 NZ: 4× Platinum[18]
2011 Gravel & Wine 1 84 29 65 60 NZ: 2× Platinum[18]

Extended plays[edit]

Year Title NZ
US Heat
(sales thresholds)
2008 Extended Play 10 NZ: Platinum[18]
2010 iTunes Session
  • Released: 19 March
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: Digital download
2012 Man Like That
  • Released 30 October (US)
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: Digital download

"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


Year Title NZ chart[19] Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2008 "Under My Skin" 10 Extended Play
2009 "Oh My"[21] 4 NZ: Platinum[18] Holy Smoke
"I Do" 14 NZ: Gold[22]
2010 "Hey Ho" 21
"Too Late for Lovers"
2011 "Black Sheep" 13 NZ: Platinum[23] Gravel & Wine
2012 "Man Like That"

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title NZ chart[19] Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2009 "Brother" (with Smashproof) 1 NZ: 2x Platinum[18] The Weekend

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Type Award Result
2009[24] New Zealand Music Awards Vodafone Single of the Year ("Brother") (Smashproof featuring Gin Wigmore) Nominated
Highest Selling Single ("Brother") (Smashproof featuring Gin Wigmore) Won
2010 New Zealand Music Awards Vodafone's People's Choice Award[25] Nominated
Mazda Best Female Solo Artist[26] Nominated
Vodafone Single of the Year ("Oh My")[27] Nominated
Best Pop Album[28] Won
Vodafone Album of The Year ("Holy Smoke")[29] Won
Breakthrough Artist Of The Year[30] Won
Highest Selling Album Holy Smoke[31] Won
2012 New Zealand Music Awards Vodafone's Single of the Year ("Black Sheep") Nominated
Best Female Solo Artist Nominated
Best Pop Album (Gravel & Wine) Nominated
Vodafone's People's Choice Award Nominated

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director(s)
2008 "These Roses" Special Problems[32]
"Under My Skin" Special Problems[33]
"S.O.S." Dan Reisinger[34]
2009 "Brother" Chris Graham[35]
"Oh My" Stuart Gosling[36]
"I Do" Gemma Lee
2010 "Hey Ho" Moh Azima[37][38][39]
"Too Late for Lovers"
2011 "Black Sheep" Sean Gilligan
2012 "Man Like That" Sean Gilligan


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