|Birth name||Gina Mary Gardiner|
|Born||3 August 1970|
|Origin||Brisbane, Queensland, Australia|
|Years active||1990–1998, 2004–present|
|Labels||Warner Bros, Stunt Girl Music, WEA, Discipline Music|
Gina G (born Gina Mary Gardiner, 3 August 1970) is an Australian singer who represented the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo 1996, with the song "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit", which reached #1 in the UK singles chart. The song remains (as of 2019) the last UK Eurovision entry to top the UK charts. The song also reached the US top 20 in 1997 and earned her a 1998 Grammy Award nomination for Best Dance Recording. Her other UK Top 30 hits are "I Belong to You" #6 (1996), "Fresh" #6 (1997), "Ti Amo" #11 (1997) and "Gimme Some Love" #25 (1997).
Gina G was a DJ in Melbourne and a singer in the Australian dance music group Bass Culture. She appeared under the name Geena for a track she co-wrote with the group, "Love the Life", which was released in Australia in May 1992.
By 1995, she had moved to the UK, where she entered the A Song for Europe competition. She won, becoming the UK's entry in the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit". The song was eighth at Eurovision and peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart. 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.
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. "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.
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 fewest 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
Gina G released "Next 2 You" on 27 May 2011 to iTunes Australia. 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 called 'Set the Night on Fire' was scheduled for early 2012 and a music video was planned, but due to personal circumstances the video was postponed and never rescheduled.
|Gina G discography|
- 1997 Fresh! – AUS #53, NOR #40, UK #12. (Certified Silver 60,000 units sold)
- 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)
|1992||"Love the Life" (with Bass Culture)||130||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||BC Nation|
|1996||"Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit"||5||2||6||88||6||5||6||1||12||4||Fresh!|
|"I Belong to You"||34||21||18||—||16||—||24||6||—||—|
|"Gimme Some Love"||121||8||—||—||—||—||—||25||46||18|
|"Every Time I Fall"||144||—||—||—||—||—||—||52||—||—|
|2004||"Just a Little Bit" (2004 remix)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album single|
|2005||"Flashback"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Get Up & Dance|
|2006||"Tonight's the Night"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||57||—||—||Non-album singles|
|2011||"Next 2 U"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.|
- 2003 Reborn in the USA (Soundtrack, sings two songs: "Don't Leave Me This Way", and "I Can't Make You Love Me")
- 2004 Anthem Alert (Soda Club – Gina G features on 2 tracks: "Show Me You Love Me" and "Burning Up")
- "About Gina G". Eurovision TV. Archived from the original on 15 September 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
- "Official Charts > Gina G". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
- "New Release Summary – Product Available from: 18/05/92 (from The ARIA Report Issue No. 120 – Week Ending 17 May 1992)". ARIA. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
- 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.
- "Biography". Gina G Official Site. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
- Essex, Andrew (16 January 1998). "Same Old Tune". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
- "Ooh Aah Just A Little Bit... older! Here's Gina G 20 years after her Eurovision entry". The Sun. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
- Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
- Top 50 peaks: "australian-charts.com > Gina G in Australian Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
- Top 100 peaks to December 2010: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 110.
- "Love the Life" (with Bass Culture): "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 5 June 2015". Imgur.com. Archived from the original on 5 June 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
- "Ti Amo", "Gimme Some Love" and "Every Time I Fall": "Response from ARIA re: chart in inquiry, received 3 March 2017". Imgur.com. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
- Fresh!: "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Albums Chart – Week Ending 15 Jun 1997". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 9 April 2017. N.B. The number in the HP column represents the highest position reached.
- "norwegiancharts.com > Gina G in Norwegian Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
- "BPI > Certified Awards > Search results for Gina G (from bpi.co.uk)". Imgur.com (original source published by BPI). Retrieved 10 April 2017.
- "finnishcharts.com > Gina G in Finnish Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
- German chart peaks:
- Irish peaks Archived 5 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
- "swedishcharts.com > Gina G in Swedish Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 218. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles 1996". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Archived from the original on 2 November 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
|Awards and achievements|
Love City Groove
with "Love City Groove"
| UK in the Eurovision Song Contest
Katrina and the Waves
with "Love Shine a Light"