Gina Haley

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Gina Haley
Birth name Linda Georgina Haley
Also known as Gina Haley
Born (1975-04-23) April 23, 1975 (age 41)
Genres alternative country, rockabilly music.
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, performer
Instruments Guitar, piano
Years active 1990s–present
Associated acts Bill Haley

Linda Georgina (Gina) Haley (born April 23, 1975 in Mexico) is an American singer-songwriter.[1]

Haley is the youngest child of rock and roll pioneer Bill Haley from his marriage to his last wife Martha; she grew up in Harlingen and she was only five years old when her father died in 1981. At 18 years old she left home and set out to find her musical identity which landed her in Houston, Tx.[2]

She is classically trained on piano and an accomplished self-taught guitarist and songwriter. During the mid-1990s she left Houston and moved to Los Angeles.[3] She managed to catch the eye of producer Michael Sembello, and worked closely with him writing, recording and arranging tracks which appeared in television and movies. Gina also worked closely with songwriter Richard Rudolph and published songs through Music Sales Group. Her first self-titled album was released in Japan in 1999 Heat Wave. During these years in Los Angeles she sang with the world music group called The Bridge whose members included Edu Falcao, Daniel Jobim, Paulinho Da Costa, Vincent Colaiuta and Michael Sembello.[4]

Gina later formed her own group, the Gina Haley Band and continues to work in the musical field in her home state of Texas.[5]

On July 6, 2005, she performed with her father's old band, The Comets at the Viper Room in West Hollywood as part of 50th anniversary celebrations of her father's famous song "Rock Around the Clock" reaching the No. 1 position on American sales charts, as well as what would have been Bill Haley's 80th birthday.

In June 2008, the Gina Haley Band performed at the Bill Haley induction to the South Texas Music Walk of Fame in Corpus Christi, TX.[6] Other inductees included Chelo Silva, Pat Grogan, Joe Gallardo, Max Stalling, and The Reverend Horton Heat.[7] Meeting Jim Heath a.k.a. Reverend Horton Heat, was an important event in Gina's life. Jim had not intended to perform at the induction ceremony as his band had not traveled with him but decided to dedicate a Bill Haley song to Gina, a song that inspired him to become a musician. That song was "Rock the Joint". After years of contemplating making a rockabilly album Gina had finally decided that it was time to carry on her father's legacy. A year later she sang "Rock the Joint" with Reverend Horton Heat at a concert in Dallas, TX. She is now preparing a rockabilly show that is due to start next March 2011 in the UK with an album to follow. She continues to perform in Texas with the Gina Haley Band, aka GHB in her original alternative country sound.

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