Biography

GinaRendina-6159Well hello there – thanks for visiting the site!

I was given the rhyming stage name of Gina Rendina at birth and love putting it to use to sing for my supper.

At a really young age, I could be found performing on the “stage” of a concrete wall on my family’s farm in a small town just south of Pittsburgh, PA. I’ve always loved to sing and started playing the piano in elementary school. Over the years I would sing any time I could — from school choirs, voice lessons, and high school musicals to collegiate a cappella and then bands.

Thanks to the approval of my parents and the influence of the musical “Rent”, I went straight from high school to New York City to study Classical Vocal Performance at New York University. While I had a great experience there and met lots of friends that I still have, I felt a bit like a fish out of water and left to transfer to Penn State to get a degree in something other than music. While waitressing at a local Italian joint, I joined my first band singing pop/rock covers. “FoXXy” was blessed to spend a few years as the Saturday night house band at The Saloon – a somewhat rowdy student bar in the heart of downtown State College. Our band also had an alter-ego called “Crossover”, playing country hits for the folding-chair brigade at summer fairs and festivals throughout Central PA. I did my makeup in the car, changed in the band gear trailer and had the time of my life.

In 2006, I moved back to the Pittsburgh area to be closer to my family. I spent some time singing with two fantastic private event bands “Sputzy and the Soul Providers” and “Jeff Jimerson and Airborne”. I’ve participated in a few local charity events, “RockOut to KnockOut Cancer” and “Battle of the Divas” at which I won the “Fan Favorite” award in 2011. In 2012, I joined “The Game Changers”, a classic rock cover band and also started an acoustic duo to play around the area. In 2014, I was named one of “Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest” by the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In 2015, I continued performing in my acoustic duo and also began singing with several bands around Pittsburgh, including the popular disco band, “Dancing Queen”.

I’ve sung a lot of different styles of music and still have more to conquer. In 2016-2017, I will be working for Carnival Cruise Lines as a showband vocalist on a ship in the Caribbean. I’m so thankful to have amazing family and friends supporting everything that I do and I look forward to making more music and friends in the years to come.

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