The Star Maker Quest has launched many promising careers, but none so meteoric as that of the immensely talented singer and songwriter who quickly gained national attention after the release of her first single, 'Two Stars Fell' on a leading ABC Music label in 1993.
That first single struck all the right chords, winning her first Golden Guitar with Best Female Vocal Award at the 1994 Toyota Country Music Awards at Tamworth. 1994 was a big year for Gina, it included a national tour with Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. The rave reviews that accompanied Gina's performances had her the subject of a 'Sixty Minutes' story and she was featured in an 'A Current Affair' segment. August 1994 saw the release of Gina's first album, 'The Flame', and what a debut! The Flame knocked Garth Brooks off the Number 1 position on the national Country Music Charts, and held that position for one of the longest runs any country performer has ever enjoyed!
Tamworth was quick to recognize Gina's success and talent, again awarding her Best Female Vocalist in 1995 and then again in 1996, giving her three in a row and confirming her No. 1 status. 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 - debuting 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 it's release. 1996 also saw Gina touring Australia, selling out venues, gathering a reputation for unbeatable live performances, and impressing all with her genuine, warm and down to earth style. A favourite with national television shows, such as 'Today', 'Midday', 'Hey Hey It's Saturday' and 'A Current Affair', Gina has also sung on national "Carols By Candlelight' and 'Domain Christmas Carols' broadcasts. Gina has appeared as a guest host of 'Sale Of The Century' and co-hosted the 1997 ARIA Awards.