Gina Villalobos

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Gina Villalobos
Birth nameGina Villalobos
Born (1970-05-26) May 26, 1970 (age 53)
Los Angeles, California[1]
OriginCalifornia, U.S.
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • engineer/producer
  • composer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • keyboards
Years active1990–present
  • Laughing Outlaw Records
  • Face West Records
  • Kick Music

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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] By the time she was seven, Villalobos was teaching herself guitar, and began her music career at the end of college.

Musical career[edit]

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.[1]

In 2004, she caught the attention of respected U.S. publications like Paste, No Depression, Acoustic Guitar, and Harp.[2] 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 No. 3 on the Euro-Americana charts, and by 2005, Villalobos was performing in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. She toured with Laura Veirs[3] 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[4] 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.

Villalobos has been associated with Anne McCue,[5] and has been recognized for her contribution to California songs.

In 2014, after an extended hiatus and having taken the time to produce the album since January 2012,[1] 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[6] selected the arrangement featuring the Gina Villalobos/Eric Colvin produced version[7] 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.[8]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Label
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
2014 Sola Self-released

Live albums[edit]

Year Title Label
2004 Live from KXLU Radio Kick Music


Year Title Label
2008 Can't Find My Way Home Face West Records
2011 The Ghost in You Face West Records
2016 World Keeps Turning Self-released

CD Compilations[edit]

TV and Film Work[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Villalobos resides in the Los Angeles community of Los Feliz, California.

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.


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