|Birth name||Gina Villalobos|
May 26, 1970|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Gina Villalobos is an American singer-songwriter and composer. From 1992 thorough 2013, she extensively toured and recorded in the United States, the UK and Europe, writing songs and making music in bands and as a solo artist. Counting her most recent release, Sola (2014), Villalobos has released five solo studio albums. She continues to sing and compose in her work as a music creator at Feverpitch, where she services the motion picture industry, specifically those companies making movie trailer music. She creates sound effects, produces music, and composes original scores.
Villalobos spent her childhood in the Santa Monica Mountain community of Lake Sherwood, California. By way of inspiration, Gina’s mother handed down her passion for music, while her father Reynaldo Villalobos is an acclaimed cinematographer and director. By the time she was seven, Villalobos was teaching herself guitar, and began her music career at the end of college.
In her early 20s, Villalobos fronted and played guitar in the acoustic folk trio Liquid Sunshine. Together, they recorded the albums Sweet Commitment and Barbary Lane, as well as the self-titled Liquid Sunshine EP before disbanding in 1996. Between 1997 and 2001, Villalobos fronted the band The Mades, with whom she recorded two albums, before starting her solo career with 2002’s Beg From Me.
In 2004, she caught the attention of respected U.S. publications like Paste, No Depression, Acoustic Guitar, and Harp. In anticipation of her sophomore studio album, Live from KXLU Radio was released, containing a live recording with songs off the new album. With her second outing, Rock 'N' Roll Pony, the European press and radio praised the CD, which reached #3 on the Euro-Americana charts, and by 2005, Villalobos was performing in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. She toured with Laura Veirs in 2005 on her UK tour. Her 2007 self-release Miles Away repeated her previous successes in the U.K. press and on BBC Radio 2. Around that time, the alternative rock band World Party invited Villalobos to tour the States with them, and her songs started showing up in movies and TV shows like One Tree Hill and Army Wives. Two years later, Gina delivered Days on Their Side.
In 2014, after an extended hiatus and having taken the time to produce the album since January 2012, Sola was released. She produced and Erik Colvin engineered, as he’s done for each of her previous three offerings. Augmenting Gina’s vocals and guitar are guitarist Kevin Haaland (Andy Grammer), back for his fourth Gina Villalobos album, and returning guitarist Josh Grange (Sheryl Crow, k.d. lang, Beck, Dixie Chicks); Also credited are Eric Heywood (Son Volt, Ray LaMontagne, The Pretenders, Alejandro Escovedo) on pedal steel. Upright bass was performed by Ian Walker (k.d. lang, Cher, Paula Cole, The Ditty Bops). Quinn (Tracy Chapman, Daft Punk, Paula Cole) was the drummer.
In late 2015, The Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award-winning Amazon Studios TV show, Transparent selected the arrangement featuring the Gina Villalobos/Eric Colvin produced version of the 1971 Sly and the Family Stone hit "Family Affair" featuring the vocals of Ruby Friedman for use in the trailer promoting the launch of Season 2.
|2002||Beg from Me||Kick Music|
|2004||Rock 'N' Roll Pony||Laughing Outlaw Records|
|2007||Miles Away||Laughing Outlaw Records|
|2009||Days on Their Side||Face West Records|
|2004||Live from KXLU Radio||Kick Music|
|2008||Can't Find My Way Home||Face West Records|
|2011||The Ghost In You||Face West Records|
|2016||World Keeps Turning||Self-released|
TV & Film Work
Personal life events
In October 2003, halfway through the sessions for Rock 'N Roll Party, production was halted when Villalobos sustained serious injury to her right eye. After numerous retinal surgeries, she was informed she would be permanently blind in her right eye.
- Everywhere and Nowhere Inland Empire
- Kilkenny Roots Festival Irish Times
- Santa Barbara Independent
- Manchester Evening News
- Innocent Words
- Trax Pasadena Weekly
- Eye Spy LA
- Sacramento News
- Top 40 Charts
- Rock N Roll Pony Depression
- Rock N Roll Pony Pop Matters
- Rock N Roll Pony Americana UK
- Miles Away No Depression
- Miles Away Rolling Stone (Germany)
- Miles Away Irish Times
- Miles Away Vintage Guitar
- Miles Away Pasadena Weekly
- SOLA No Depression
- SOLA Americana UK
- SOLA No Depression
- SOLA Paul Kerr
- SOLA Lonesome Highway
- SOLA Hooked on Music
- SOLA Roots Music
- SOLA Fatea Records
- SOLA Folk Radio
- SOLA Upcoming Pop Matters
- Do512 SX23016 (2016). Gina Villalobos. DoStuff Media. Retrieved on May 2, 2016.
- Press quotes collection.
- Laura Veirs main page
- World Party Main Page
- Anne McCue Main Page
- Transparent IMDB link
- Family Affair stream on Bandcamp
- Official Amazon Studio Transparent Season 2 Trailer
- Paste Magazine Sampler
- Sin City Social Club Compilation
- I'm Alright
- Real Sex IMDB info