Gia Farrell

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Gia Farrell
Birth name Jeannie Bocchicchio
Also known as Gia Farrell,
Born (1989-02-09) February 9, 1989 (age 27)
Origin Suffern, New York, U.S.
Genres Pop, Holiday, Classic, Rock, R&B, Alternative
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter
Years active 2005–2007, 2014–present
Labels Atlantic Records (2005–2007)
New Gold Empire (2014-present)[1]

Gia Farrell is an American singer-songwriter and make up artist born as Jeannie Bocchicchio on February 9, 1989. She is known as Gia Farrell. Her 2006 single "Hit Me Up" was featured on the Happy Feet soundtrack in 2006 and climbed the charts internationally. In 2015, she released a single with a music video titled "Smile".[2] She's currently working on her first commercial album after leaving Atlantic Records in 2008.

Early life[edit]

Gia was born in Suffern, New York to Italian-American parents. She began singing lessons at the age of eight. She continued to train her voice, and appeared in a local production of Guys and Dolls and opened for Fat Joe, where she performed songs from Beyoncé and Mariah Carey.

At age 13, she had performed on Showtime At The Apollo being named one of their "Best Artists of the Year" as well as on Ed McMahon's Next Big Star and Star Search. In 2005 at 14 years old she signed with Atlantic Records. She later adopted her grandmother's maiden name as her stage name. Farrell cites artists Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera as her biggest influences.[3]

2005–2007[edit]

Farrell released her first single, "Hit Me Up", in January 2007. The song was featured on the soundtrack of the movie Happy Feet.[4] It found moderate success internationally charting in various parts of Europe, topping the charts in Hungary and peaking at #6 in Australia. The single was used as the theme song for the second season of Germany's Next Topmodel. For the 2006 holiday season, Farrell's song "Christmas Everyday" was released on the Make-A-Wish Holiday CD sold at Bath & Body Works. In 2007 she recorded three songs "You'll be Sorry", "Can & Cannot Do" and "Stupid For You", however none were officially released as part of a CD or album. This was due to Gia Farrell leaving her label Atlantic Records because they did not release her album due to a change in internal staff and management. During this time in her early career, Gia had several managers and handlers including Doug Davis son of the legendary Clive Davis. After parting ways with Doug, Gia was forced to find new management. Gia’s new manager was an unscrupulous individual who attempted to derail her career, steal her money and keep her in the dark. Unfortunately, he was successful at straining her relationship with her label. After a lengthy court battle and tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees, Gia won a court case against her manager and permanently parted ways with him.[1] In April 2007 Farrell rode on the float for the opening parade celebration at the Cincinnati Reds opening day baseball game and sang the US National Anthem.[5] In December 2008 Farrell left Atlantic Records

2009–2011[edit]

In May 2009 she released a demo single "New Religion" which was accompanied with a music video.[6] Gia began posting random YouTube videos of original and cover songs. As of 2011 her videos had reached 600,000+ views [7] In January 2011, Farrell joined Miranda Cosgrove on her tour to promote her debut album, "Sparks Fly". In mid June 2011, Farrell joined in a cover for Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" with The All Ways band.[8] She also Appeared on the eleventh season of American Idol as Jeannie Bocchicchio but was unable to complete the season due to having been previously signed to Atlantic records [9][10]

2013–current[edit]

After returning from the Miranda tours, Gia wanted to get back to work on her own music and make the record she always wanted to make but never got the chance. Gia was introduced to songwriter/Manager Zach Neil in the late summer of 2013. Zach Neil signed Gia to a production and management deal and the two began working on new music. During 2014 Gia co wrote and performed with several producers writers and bands getting herself ready to launch the second half of her career. After touring on the vans warped tour in 2014 with singing for a pop rock band and performing dates with several Nyc musicians and artists, Gia felt ready to begin working on her new music. Gia released a b side demo called Smile with a low budget music video in the summer of 2015. She released it under a nickname BOKEEKS for the purpose of haunting interest in some new music. The song and video were immediately featured by justjared.com and received over 25,000 views in 48 hours. Gia has spent the last nine months working with producers and writers including Zach Neil, Carlos Delagarza, Shep Goodman, John Feldman and Joe Burmudez working out the songs that will become her first commercial release since hit me up slated for early 2016.

Discography[edit]

NOTE: ONLY six songs from her "Gia Farrell" album leaked on the internet, You'll Be Sorry, Got Me Like Oh!, Stupid For You, Obvious, I Been Hopin', and Can & Cannot Do. Christmas Everyday and Hit Me Up were already released commercially for purchase online. Unfortunately, the rest of the songs were never leaked & released on the internet. Probably, nobody besides Gia and her ex-producers has heard these songs.[11]

From her unreleased "Gia Farrell" Album[edit]

  • Christmas Everyday[12] - 2006
  • You'll Be Sorry[13] - 2006
  • Got Me Like Oh![14] song originally by Sertab Erener - 2006
  • Hit Me Up[15] from Happy Feet - 2007
  • Stupid For You[16] - 2007
  • Obvious[17] - 2007
  • I Been Hopin'[18] - 2007
  • Can & Cannot Do[19] - 2007
  • Next - 2007
  • Real - 2007
  • So Wrong - 2007
  • Do You Know What It's Like? - 2007
  • I Was Ready - 2007
  • Girl Like Me - 2007
  • Flashback - 2007
  • Don't Make Me Break Your Heart - 2007
  • Over You - 2007
  • Outta My Mind - 2007
  • Let's Go - 2007
  • Wait and See - 2007

Other Sample Songs[edit]

  • New Religion[20] - 2009
  • Oh Holy Night[21] - 2009
  • The Christmas Song[22] - 2009

With Blackbird[edit]

  • Can't Make Somebody Love You - 2014
  • Goodbye - 2014

As BOKEEKS[edit]

  • Smile - 2015

References[edit]

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