Gino Justin Hudson McKoy

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Gino Justin Hudson McKoy
Born (1980-12-28) December 28, 1980 (age 40)
NationalityCanadian
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
OccupationSinger, songwriter, film director, film and music producer, screenwriter
Years active2004-present

Gino Justin Hudson McKoy is a Canadian singer-songwriter, film director, film producer, screenwriter, music producer.[1][2][3][4] McKoy's music was featured at the 2006 FIFA World Cup,[5] and at the 2007 Cricket World Cup in Jamaica.[6][7]

Education & Early Life[edit]

McKoy was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. He moved to Canada with his family in 1984. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 2004 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in World Religions and Political Science. McKoy later attended Mississauga School of Music, where he received vocal training.

Career[edit]

After graduating university, McKoy followed his family into the finance sector. He left the banking industry in 2004 and, together with his parents, co-founded Goldove Entertainment, a multi-media corporation focusing on feature film and music production. McKoy moved to Los Angeles in 2009 to pursue a musical career and later branched into film.

McKoy composed music for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. His original composition 'Soca Warriors Anthem' was reported as a favorite in The New York Times. In 2007, he composed music for the World Cup of Cricket in Jamaica. McKoy has also been involved in producing and writing a number of feature films. His original music has been well received by the international media including The New York Times and BBC.

On May 16, 2015, Variety Magazine announced McKoy's debut feature film, Little Mizz Innocent.[8]

On June 14, 2019, McKoy's debut album LUMINA EP released, and it was launched worldwide.[9][10] The album includes three music singles: Sensy Girl, Everything to Me, and Runaway. McKoy wrote and recorded the songs.[11] The songs were released under the Goldove record label and are published by BMG Rights Management.[12] The Sensy Girl music video rose to number one on Tempo Networks' video charts.

David Kershenbaum produced “Sensy Girl”, and "Runaway". Kershenbaum jointly produced “Everything To Me” with Greg Phillinganes, who worked as musical director and arranger for Michael Jackson for 30 years. Phillinganes is the producer and arranger for songs on McKoy's forthcoming debut full-length album. In 2018, Mick Guzauski, a 15-time Grammy winner signed on as the mixing engineer for “Sensy Girl” and “Everything To Me”. Runaway, was mixed by Bob Clearmountain.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2022 Little Mizz Innocent (working title) Director, producer, writer In development
2021 Spidersweb Director, producer, writer In development
2020 LUMINA[13] Director, producer, writer Pre-production, distributor Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures / Freestyle Releasing
2016 Hypersexual (short) Director, producer, writer Premiered at Toronto International Film Festival

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Released Label Publisher Notes
Sensy Girl[14][15][16] 2019 Goldove Records BMG Rights Management Director/Singer/Songwriter
Everything to Me 2020 Goldove Records BMG Rights Management Director/Singer/Songwriter
Runaway 2019 Goldove Records BMG Rights Management Director/Singer/Songwriter

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Step Forward – Gino McKoy : Emerge Magazine". emergemagazine.ca.
  2. ^ "Olga Kurylenko for Little Mizz Innocent". digitalspy.com. 21 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Goldove in distributor talks on 'Little Mizz Innocent'". screendaily.com.
  4. ^ "Olga Kurylenko, Riley Keough set to work in Toronto this winter". globalnews.ca.
  5. ^ "Sing Along With the Soca Warriors". nytimes.com.
  6. ^ Bateman, Anthony; Dr, Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist and Mbt Co-Ordinator Anthony Bateman; Bale, John (2008-10-27) (in en). Sporting Sounds: Relationships Between Sport and Music. Routledge. ISBN 9781134067459. https://books.google.com/books?id=6Id8AgAAQBAJ&pg=PA232.
  7. ^ "Gino McKoy". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-11-27.
  8. ^ Frater, Patrick (2015-05-16). "Cannes: Xavier Gens Readies Female Action Thriller 'Little Mizz Innocent' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2019-12-01.
  9. ^ "INTERVIEW | Talking Music and Hollywood Movies With Gino McKoy". CelebMix. 2019-07-08. Retrieved 2019-11-27.
  10. ^ CNBC, Daniel Bukszpan, special to (2019-05-19). "Game of Thrones fans are angry about the final season – and the franchise could suffer for it". CNBC. Retrieved 2019-11-27.
  11. ^ "Gino McKoy Returns With New Music Video For "Sensy Girl"". Vents Magazine. 2019-06-21. Retrieved 2019-11-27.
  12. ^ "Why 'Rocketman' winning rave reviews won't necessarily boost interest in Elton John's music". www.msn.com. Retrieved 2019-11-27.
  13. ^ Harris, Earnest (2019-09-18). "GINO MCKOY IS POISED TO EXPLODE ON THE SCENE WITH NEW MUSIC AND A FEATURE FILM COMING OUT". Medium. Retrieved 2019-11-27.
  14. ^ "Gino McKoy – 'Sensy Girl'". Popspotlight. 2019-07-03. Retrieved 2019-11-27.
  15. ^ "Sensy Girl - Gino McKoy - IndieCast TV". www.indiecasttv.com. Retrieved 2019-11-27.
  16. ^ Gino McKoy - Sensy Girl, retrieved 2019-11-27