Gina G

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Gina G
Birth name Gina Mary Gardiner
Born (1970-08-03) 3 August 1970 (age 43)
Origin Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Genres Dance, house, Eurodance
Years active 1990–1998, 2004–present
Labels Warner Bros, Stunt Girl Music, WEA, Discipline Music
Website www.ginag.com

Gina G (born Gina Mary Gardiner, 3 August 1970)[citation needed] is an Australian singer who represented the United Kingdom at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit", which reached #1 in the UK singles chart. The song remains (as of 2014) the last UK Eurovision entry to top the UK charts. The song also reached the US top 20 and earned G a Grammy Award nomination for Best Dance Recording. Her other singles include "I Belong to You" (UK #6 1996), "Fresh" (UK #6 1997), "Ti'Amo" (UK #11 1997) and "Gimme Some Love" (UK #25 1997).

Career[edit]

1990s[edit]

Gina G was a DJ in Melbourne and a singer in the Australian dance music group, Bass Culture. A track she co-wrote with the group, "Love the Life", was a Top 20 hit in Australia in 1992.[1]

By 1995, she moved to UK, where she entered the A Song for Europe competition, which she won, thereby becoming the UK's entry in the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit".[2] The song was eighth at Eurovision and peaked at number-one on the UK Singles Chart.[3] The song was also successful in the US, reaching #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on the Hot Dance Club Play, #13 on the Rhythmic Top 40, #5 on the Mainstream Top 40, #25 on the Adult Top 40 and #11 on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart. The song was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Dance Recording category in 1998.[4]

Gina G released "I Belong to You" later in 1996, which was also a top-10 hit in the UK. The following year, she scored a succession of UK hits with "Fresh!", "Ti Amo", "Gimme Some Love", and "Everytime I Fall", all of which were included on her debut album Fresh!. The album's cover was shot by David LaChapelle and featured her whole body covered in chocolate. The 1997 single, "Fresh!", sold more than a million copies world-wide.[2] "Gimme Some Love" was also a hit in the US, reaching #46 on the Billboard Hot 100, #18 on both the Hot Dance Music/Club Play and Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales charts, and #22 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart.

Following this, she disappeared from the music industry for several years. A long lawsuit against a former manager was reported as taking all her energy, and despite the fact that a lot of new music was recorded for a second album, she was prevented from releasing the material.

2000s[edit]

By 2000 she recorded a number of songs with Swedish producers Lagoona, including a new version of her debut hit "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit", and a cover of Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'". The latter was released as a CD single through a small independent label, but the release did not attract any major attention.

After this quiet period, G returned to the spotlight in March 2003, when she took part in the reality television show Reborn in the USA, alongside Sonia, Michelle Gayle, Tony Hadley, Peter Cox and Elkie Brooks. Even though she received the most votes from the American audience and won the first show, she got the least votes in the next show, and went up for the British public's vote. She lost, and was eliminated from the show in the third programme.

In early 2005, Gina G attempted to represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest, she finished fifth out of five entries on the pre-selection program with her song "Flashback". She competed against Javine and Katie Price. In August, she released her second album, Get Up & Dance to good reviews. However the album was only available through her website, with the majority of first orders being personally signed by G.

In June 2006, her debut album, Fresh!, became available for download on iTunes. She set up her own record label, Stuntgirl, with distribution through Universal Records. Based in Los Angeles, she records in her own studio there as well as in London. In late 2006 she released a new single, "Tonight's the Night" and promoted it round the clubs and it went into the commercial dance chart at #2. It was released on 2 October through download and larger music stores. The single charted at #57 in the UK Singles Chart on 8 October.

In March 2009 her second album Get Up & Dance, previously only available through her website, was released on iTunes. The album had a new cover design.

2010 and on[edit]

Gina G released "Next 2 You" on 27 May 2011 to iTunes Australia (however, the release has since been removed). It was written by Gina G, Billy Pace, Duane Morrison, and John Collins. New remixes featuring rapper Vigilante were released in November 2011. A planned second single never materialized.

Personal life[edit]

Gina G lived in the UK for several years and now lives in the United States. She has two children.[5]

Discography[edit]

Gina G discography
Releases
Studio albums 2
Singles 11
Remix albums 1

Albums[edit]

  • 1997 Fresh! — #12 UK (Certified Silver 60,000 units sold)[6] #40 Norway.
  • 1998 Gina G Remix Album (Japanese only release EP)
  • 2005 Get Up & Dance (available through her website, digital download via iTunes from 3 March 2009)

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions Album
AUS CAN
Dance
FIN IRE
[7]
SWE UK
[6]
U.S. U.S.
Dance
1992 "Love the Life"
1996 "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit" 5 2 6 6 6 1 12 4 Fresh!
"I Belong to You" 34 21 18 16 24 6
1997 "Fresh!" 23 29 6
"Ti Amo" 11
"Gimme Some Love" 8 25 46 18
"Everytime I Fall" 52
2004 "Just a Little Bit" (2004 remix) 103
2005 "Flashback" Get Up & Dance
2006 "Tonight's the Night" 57
2011 "Next 2 U"

Contributions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'MOONEY' EUROVISION ALMOST WINNERS SPECIAL". RTÉ. 13 April 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Gina G'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 29 August 2004. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Biography". Gina G Official Site. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Essex, Andrew (16 January 1998). "Same Old Tune". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  5. ^ OK! TV, 10 November 2011
  6. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 218. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ Irish peaks

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Love City Groove
with "Love City Groove"
UK in the Eurovision Song Contest
1996
Succeeded by
Katrina and the Waves
with "Love Shine a Light"