Independent Music Award winner Gina Cimmelli’s latest EP begins in a dark, sweet whisper, making her fondness for haunting, beautiful melodies immediately apparent. Though often held in the same light as Feist or Regina Spektor, subtle timbres in her voice show hints of Billy Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, revealing a stylistic approach that’s both relevant and timeless. Her latest work, Summer Singles, is a spectrum of genre, emotion, and experience, yet filtered through the beautiful sepia of optimism; shines unwavering rays of sunshine on even the darkest moments of summertime.
Summer Singles is a progressive step forward for the singer/songwriter, whose past releases have garnered heavy rotation on SiriusXM, charted on the Roots Music Report, Deli Magazine (NYC) and the Independent Music Network and even a placement in a national ad campaign for Free People. More recently you can hear Gina on the Jimmy Llyod’s Singer-Songwriter Showcase on NBC. Combining her signature wit and inflection with daring, yet incredible focused production; the releases bright lyrics and warms melodies will naturally become the soundtrack to your Summer, Winter, Autumn, and Spring.
As a third generation Brooklynite, Gina’s exposure to the buzzing, flowing music scene of the city had a distinct influence on her, and is heard bursting through the melodies on Summer Singles. An even greater impression, however, was made within her own family. “There was always music in my house,” she recalls, and to no hyperbole: her great-grandmother an Italian opera singer, her grandfather a multi-instrumentalist from the golden days of radio, it seems only fitting she become the troubadour she is.
With Gina Cimmelli at the helm, her band Gina’s Picture Show is a mash-up of well sought after musicians, all groomed from Boston’s notorious Berklee College of Music. Gina and her Picture Show seem to have all audiences roaring for seconds. One satisfied viewer wrote: “Gina Cimmelli is worth listening to for all the right reasons; she takes you places you can only travel with her and her band.”