Gina Jeffreys

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Gina Jeffreys
Gina at Broadway Melodies Theatre, Rhapsody Of The Seas in October 2013
Gina at Broadway Melodies Theatre, Rhapsody Of The Seas in October 2013
Background information
Birth nameGina Hillenberg [1]
Born (1968-04-01) 1 April 1968 (age 53)
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Years active1991−present
LabelsABC Music, Ocean Road Music/MGM
Associated actsRod McCormack, Garth Porter

Gina Jeffreys (also known as Gina Jeffries, Gina Hillenberg and Gina McCormack born 1 April 1968) is an Australian country singer-songwriter.


In 1991, Jeffreys competed in The Toyota Star Maker Quest at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. After releasing her first single "Slipping Away" (a cover of the 1975 song by Max Merritt) through BMG Music and "Radio Santa" in 1992, Gina signed a record deal with ABC Music, and released "Two Stars Fell" in 1993. The song went straight to No.1 on the Australian country charts.[2]

"Two Stars Fell" won Jeffreys her first Golden guitar award at the 1994 Tamworth Country Music Awards of Australia for 'Best Female Vocal Award'. Later that year, Jeffreys supported Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson on their Australian tours and rave reviews had her the subject of a 'Sixty Minutes' story and she was featured in an 'A Current Affair' segment. Her debut album The Flame was released in August 1994 and went platinum in 1997. Further hits followed including "Girls' Night Out" which won Jeffreys her second Golden Guitar award for 'Best Female Vocal' in 1995.

In July 1996, Gina released her second album, Up Close. This was to be the album that broke the cross-over barrier between country and mainstream. The album debuted straight into the National ARIA Charts at No. 9 while taking up the No. 1 position of the National Country Charts. Up Close achieved Gold status during the same year as its release. Jeffreys toured nationally throughout 1996 and also found time to appear as a guest host of 'Sale of the Century' and co-hosted the 1997 ARIA Music Awards. In 1997, Jeffreys was inducted into Tamworth Hands of Fame.

In June 1998, Jeffreys released her third album Somebody's Daughter which peaked at No. 13 on the ARIA Charts. The album was certified Gold in 1999 and produced the hits song "Dancin' With Elvis" which she won Country Music Television's 'Video of the Year' in 1999. Jeffreys released a Christmas album in 1999, titled Christmas Wish.

Throughout 2000, Jeffreys relocated to Nashville to record her next album, titled Angel. Angel was released in April 2001 and the title track "Angel" won numerous awards; including 2002 Golden Guitar Award - Video Clip of the Year, 2002 APRA Award – Most Performed Country Work and was named a finalist in the Australian Animation Awards in 2001 and charted at No.57 on the ARIA singles chart.[3]

2002 saw the release of Best of Gina Jeffreys... So Far which included her version of Radiohead's Creep which she had performed on Andrew Denton's Musical Challenge. This concluded her contract with ABC Music.

Jeffreys gave birth to her son Jackson in January 2003 and took some time out of the spot light.

In 2006, Jeffreys signed a deal with 'Ocean Road Music' and returned with the release of her album Walks of Life. In 2007, she was awarded Best Independent Country Release at the Australian Independent Record (AIR) Awards,[4] for her album Walks of Life. At the Tamworth Country Music Festival of 2007, Jeffreys initiated a now annual "Walk of Life" where country music artists and fans walk around the streets of Tamworth to help create awareness and raise money for the Foundation. Money raised goes towards the Leukaemia Foundation.[5] In April 2007, Jeffreys joined Beccy Cole and Sara Storer to form Songbirds; a successful multi-artist show in Australia that continued for many years. A live DVD was released of the Songbirds in 2009.[6]

In 2009 Jeffreys performed a sell-out concert at Tamworth with Guy Sebastian and Wendy Matthews followed by the release of Old Paint in 2010, a laid-back acoustic album of Gina’s all- time favourites.

In August 2019, Jeffreys released her eighth studio album titled Beautiful Tangle. The first single "Cash" was released in June 2019. It is Jeffrey's first new album in nine years.[7]



Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
AUS Country
1994 The Flame
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: ABC Music
75 1
1996 Up Close
  • Released: 21 July 1996
  • Label: ABC Music
9 N/A

Somebody's Daughter

  • Released: 14 June 1998
  • Label: ABC Music
13 N/A
1999 Christmas Wish
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: ABC Music
  • Label: First Christmas album
77 1
2001 Angel
  • Released: 5 April 2001
  • Label: ABC Music
42 2[13]
2002 Best of Gina Jeffreys... So Far
  • Released: 14 October 2002
  • Label: ABC Music
  • First greatest hits album
2007 Walks of Life
  • Released: 13 January 2007
  • Label: Ocean Road Music/MGM
2010 Old Paint
  • Released: 17 September 2010
  • Label: Ocean Road Music/Sony Music Australia
  • First covers album
2019 Beautiful Tangle
  • Released: 9 August 2019[7][16]
  • Label: Sonic Timber
[A] 13[18]
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not released.


  1. ^ Beautiful Tangle did not enter the ARIA Albums Chart, but peaked at number 35 on the ARIA Digital Albums Chart.[17]

See also[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

ARIA Awards[edit]

Jeffreys had been nominated for four ARIA Music Awards[19]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1995 The Flame Best Country Album Nominated
1998 Somebody's Daughter Best Country Album Nominated
2001 Angel Best Country Album Nominated
2007 Walks Of Life Best Country Album Nominated

APRA Awards[edit]

The APRA Awards are held in Australia and New Zealand by the Australasian Performing Right Association to recognise songwriting skills, sales and airplay performance by its members annually. Jeffreys has won two awards.[20]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1998 "I Haven't Got a Heart" Most Performed Country Work Won
2002 "Angel" Most Performed Country Work Won

Australian Independent Record Label Association Awards[edit]

Jeffreys has won one AIR Award[21]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
AIR Awards of 2007 Walks Of Life Best Independent Country Release Won

Country Music Awards (CMAA)[edit]

The Country Music Awards of Australia (CMAA) (also known as the Golden Guitar Awards) is an annual awards night held in January during the Tamworth Country Music Festival, celebrating recording excellence in the Australian country music industry. They have been held annually since 1973. Jeffreys has won five awards.[22][23]

Year Nominee / work Award Result (wins only)
1994 "Two Stars Fell" Female Vocalist of the Year Won
1995 "Girls Night Out" Female Vocalist of the Year Won
1996 "Didn't we Shine" Female Vocalist of the Year Won
1999 "Dancin' With Elvis" Female Vocalist of the Year Won
2002 "Angel" [Gina Jeffreys (directed by Dylan Perry)] Video Clip of the Year Won
2007 herself Hands of Fame imprinted

Mo Awards[edit]

The Mo Awards are annual Australian entertainment industry awards. They recognise achievements in live entertainment in Australia. Jeffreys has won three awards.[24]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1994 herself Female Country Entertainer of the Year Won
1996 herself Female Country Entertainer of the Year Won
1998 herself Female Country Entertainer of the Year Won


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 February 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Gina Jeffreys Bio". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  3. ^ "ARIA Charts/ Week Commencing 19th March 2001" (PDF). 19 March 2001. Archived from the original on 21 February 2002. Retrieved 19 April 2015.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ Australian Independent Record Labels Association Ltd (AIR) 2012 Archived 20 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Walk of Life with Gina Jeffreys". 22 January 2011. Archived from the original on 12 April 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Songbirds - You've Got A Friend: Live In Concert". JBHiFi. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Gina Jeffreys Beautiful Tangle Central Coast Album Launch". NSW Government. June 2019. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Australian Album Chart > Gina Jeffreys". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-29.
    • Top 100 (ARIA) peaks from January 1990 to December 2010: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 144.
  9. ^ "Gina Jeffreys". bridge of love. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  10. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 1997 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 28 May 2008. Retrieved 2014-01-29.
  11. ^ "Artist Showcase- Gina Jeffreys". Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  12. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 1998 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. Retrieved 2014-01-29.
  13. ^ "The ARIA Report/ Week Commencing 14th May" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. 14 May 2001. p. 17. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  14. ^ "The ARIA Report" (PDF). 21 October 2001. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  15. ^ "The ARIA Report" (PDF). 29 January 2007. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  16. ^ "Beautiful Tangle". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  17. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Digital Albums" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. 19 August 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  18. ^ "ARIA COUNTRY ALBUMS CHART w/c 19 August 2019". 18 August 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  19. ^
  20. ^ "APRA search - Gina Jeffreys". APRA Awards. 26 March 2015.[permanent dead link]
  21. ^ "History Wins". Australian Independent Record Labels Association. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 January 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  23. ^ "Australian Country Music Hands of Fame". historyofcountrymusic. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  24. ^ "Award Winners". Retrieved 14 October 2020.

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