Gina Carey

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Gina Carey
Also known asGina Green, Gina Brown
OriginChicago, United States
GenresGospel, R&B, neo souls
Occupation(s)Singer and filmmaker
Years active1996–present
LabelsGico Music, Trendency, Rite-Step Records, Isom & Isom, Grapetree
WebsiteGinaCarey.net, GinaCareyFilms.com

Gina Carey is an American independent filmmaker and soul R&B / gospel music singer based in Palm Springs, California, United States.[1] Formerly known as Gina Green, Gina has since remarried and changed her name to Gina Carey.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Gina was born in Chicago and raised in Los Angeles.[4][5]

Film career[edit]

Gina Carey is currently a filmmaker who manages her own independent film company, Gina Carey Films.[1] The indie film company, which has successfully produced six feature films as of 2019, is based in the Coachella Valley and makes use of local talent and resources.[1] As the first African-American female filmmaker in Palm Springs, Gina had originally started out as a self-taught, self-funded filmmaker who eventually expanded onto building Gina Carey Films.[1]

Gina Carey Films' first movie, “The Unexpected”, premiered in 2016.[4] Subsequently, Gina Carey Films has produced other indie films such as “One Year Pact.”[6]

In 2017, Gina launched the 1st annual CV (Coachella Valley) Indie Film Awards, which was awarded to independent filmmakers producing low-budget films.[7] The 2nd annual CV Indie Film Awards were continued in 2018.[8][9]

Filmography[edit]

Gina Carey is the director and producer for the following independent films.[4]

  • Acts of Kindness
  • Rose England
  • The One Year Pact (2018)
  • The Assumptions (2017)
  • Aspire to Inspire (2016)
  • The Unexpected (2016)

Music career[edit]

Gina has recorded three albums as Gina Green, which are In His Time, Changes, and Tell 'Um. She is known for her vibrant spirit and silky-smooth vocal style, and is often compared stylistically to 1980s pop diva Stephanie Mills. Her music blends elements of contemporary R&B with 1970s soul and modern-day hip hop to create a neo soul gospel flavor.

Gina has performed on the same stage with Gospel artists Tonex, J Moss, TBN's Bill & Rene Morris, The Gospel Gangsters, two-time Dove Award nominees God's Original Gangstaz, Brent Jones, and many others.

Gina Carey is the founder and CEO of Gico Music, an independent music label and entertainment company.[4][3][10]

Albums[edit]

Gina has produced 14 CD albums (3 gospel and 11 soul CDs), as well as 5 hit singles that have reached number one on the UK charts.[4] Her CD albums include:

Album Year
Fight 2017
Gina Carey the Soul Singer 2015
Can You Dig It 2015
The Songbird 2013
Funk Rhythm & Soul 2013
Love Letters 2 (the Love Continues) 2012
Love Letters 2012
Melodic 2011
My Journey 2008
Tell 'Um 2006
Changes 2003
In His Time 1996

Gina's debut album, In His Time, was released on Grapetree Records in 1997[11] under her then-legal name, Gina Brown, and sold over 10,000 copies worldwide. The album was received particularly well in Europe, topping out at number two on the U.K. Gospel charts. 2003's Changes[12] was released independently and sold at a respectable pace. The planned release for Tell 'Um, her third album on Rite-Step Records, fell through in mid-2005 as the label folded before it even got off the ground. The album was later picked up by Nashville-based Trendency Records and released nationally in July 2006.[13] The singles Hiding Place and Testimony received moderate airplay across the U.S. and in Europe. Both the Changes and Tell 'Um albums were produced by Isom Green, Jr., who has worked with Dr. Dre, Whitney Houston, Ice Cube, and Snoop Dogg.[14]

Tell 'Um (2006)[edit]

Tell 'Um
Studio album by
Gina Green
ReleasedJuly 25, 2006
GenreGospel, neo soul
LabelTrendency Records
ProducerIsom Green, Jr.
  1. "Hiding Place"
  2. "You Are More"
  3. "Take Me"
  4. "Testimony"
  5. "Lift Him"
  6. "Don't Let The Devil Lie To You"
  7. "Glorify"
  8. "Lord I Love You"
  9. "I'm Not Ashamed"
  10. "Tell 'Um"
  11. "Rain On Me"
  12. "Wounded Soldier"
  13. "Thank You Lord"
  14. "Turned Away"
  15. "Are You Ready?"

Changes (2003)[edit]

Changes
Studio album by
Gina Green
Released2003
GenreGospel, Neo soul
LabelIsom & Isom Records
ProducerIsom Green, Jr. and Joe Busby, Jr.
  1. "Stand Up"
  2. "Sin"
  3. "Changes"
  4. "I Need You"
  5. "This Heart of Mine"
  6. "Fire"
  7. "Lay My Burdens Down"
  8. "Nearer To Thee"
  9. "Thee Highest Praise"
  10. "God Is Love"
  11. "Only Believe"

In His Time (1996)[edit]

In His Time
Studio album by
Gina Brown
Released1996
GenreGospel, Hip hop
LabelGrapetree Records
  1. "Don't Think You've Arrived"
  2. "I've Fallen In Love"
  3. "You're Not My Husband"
  4. "Centered In Your Love"
  5. "In His Time"
  6. "Come To Jesus"
  7. "We Need To Pray"
  8. "Seek His Face"
  9. "Forgive"
  10. "Make Up Your Mind"
  11. "Choose Life"
  12. "I Surrender All"

Awards[edit]

In 2006, Gina was nominated by the Black Music Academy Association of America in two categories: "Best Gospel Performer - Female" and "Gospel Rising Star".[15] She performed at the event, held at the Cashman Theater, before a full house and won the "Las Vegas Black Music Awards 2006 Best Gospel Performer - Female" award. Later that year, she auditioned for NBC's America's Got Talent. In 2008 Gina also auditioned for Showtime at the Apollo in Los Angeles, California, and was chosen to be on the show.

Gina has won various music awards, including:[16]

  • Best Gospel Artist (2006)
  • Rising Stars of the Desert “Best Jazz Music Artist Award” (2012)
  • Best Single, GHP Virtual Music Awards (song: “Beautiful Music”) (2015)
  • “Best Contemporary Artist”, Coachella Valley Music Award (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Most Influential and Interesting Women in the Coachella Valley, from Coachella Vallley Weekly (2016)

Gina's film awards include:

In addition to being an award recipient, Gina is also the founder and manager of the CV Indie Film Awards.[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Pena, Xochitl. "Self-taught desert movie maker is the 'Mother Teresa' of local film industry". Desert Sun. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  2. ^ "John and Gina Carey to Open for Rose Royce benefiting the NLADA". PRLog. September 13, 2011. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  3. ^ a b Gico Music (official site)
  4. ^ a b c d e Gina Carey on IMDb
  5. ^ Gina Carey biography
  6. ^ "Gina Carey Films, to Premier New Movie, "The One Year Pact" at the Camelot Theatres". Coachella Valley Weekly. January 24, 2018. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  7. ^ Falls, Lisa (September 20, 2017). "CEO of Gina Carey Films, "Gina Carey" to Launch the 1st Annual Coachella Valley Independent Film Awards in 2018". Patch. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  8. ^ "Gina Carey Films Presents 2018 2nd Annual CV Indie Film Awards". Patch. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  9. ^ CV Indie Film Awards (official site)
  10. ^ Gico Music
  11. ^ The Cutting Edge Christian Music Discography
  12. ^ Changes at AllMusic
  13. ^ Tell 'Um at AllMusic
  14. ^ http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=339078
  15. ^ http://www.1888pressrelease.com/gina-green-wins-las-vegas-black-music-awards-2006-best-gos-pr-nm00864rt.html
  16. ^ "Power Couple John & Gina Carey". Coachella Valley Weekly. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  17. ^ CV Indie Film Awards (official site)

External links[edit]

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