Happy New Year to all of you!
This season, I've had so much to reflect on and be grateful for. 2012 has been very good to me and if 2013 is anything like it, I'll be a very lucky, blessed girl.
Thanks to the support and encouragement you provide on a daily basis, I am able to sing and share my gifts. This has paved the way for many doors to open and here are some that have allowed me into their world during 2012...
iHeartRadio made me a "New! Discover & Uncover Artist" and an "Artist To Watch". This enabled major radio stations across the USA to discover me and add me to their iHeartRadio artist roster. It also allowed many others who had never heard of me discover my singing and my music. Thank you so much to Clear Channel, iHeartRadio and YOU for making this happen! Please sign up for free, create your own radio station and be sure to add me to your playlist!
Music Connection Magazine picked me to be on their highly-anticipated December end-of-year "Hot 100 Unsigned Live Artists And Bands 2012" list. Taylor Swift on the cover. Wow. Just wow.
One of the best NCAA basketball teams picked me to sing the National Anthem for their 2012-2013 season – Fordham University Men's Basketball team. The Fordham University Women's Basketball team also picked me to sing. This enables me to sing in front of great, enthusiastic audiences in person, on radio and possibly on national TV and cable stations like CBS Sports, ESPN and the YES Network. I am honored to be the girl who sings our nation's epic anthem. Fordham is my alma mater, so it's a chance for me to give thanks to this amazing educational institution and adds a bit of magic!
YouTube – Fordham University vs. Siena University
"Welcome Back Fordham University Rams"
I was chosen by the brand new state-of-the-art Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, NY to sing the National Anthem for the Fordham University vs. Princeton University basketball game in November. This was nothing short of an amazing experience. To sing at the same arena that recently hosted Barbara Streisand, Lady Gaga and Andrea Bocelli, home of the NY Nets and Islanders, left me in awe. Let's just say I will definitely sing there again!
YouTube – Barclays Center!
The acclaimed Dover International Speedway in Delaware picked me to sing at the NASCAR Sprint "One Main Financial" race, which was aired live on ESPN in September. I was also aired on 465 radio stations. What an experience to be quot;backstage" at a NASCAR race!
YouTube – Live on ESPN!
"The NASCAR Experience"
Thanks to Deuce Management and Promotion, I am being played on major FM radio stations throughout Europe and the UK. Wow.
I had a host of simply amazing reviews on my voice, music and also received major quotes. YAHOO VOICES said I am going to be the next Celine Dion. Vivoscene said I am going to be the next Barbara Streisand. Being compared to these amazing singers left me pleasantly shocked, utterly elated and extremely humbled and once again, very blessed.
Funny thing is, the massive exposure the above milestones gave me provided opportunities to perform more as the year passed by. Thanks to all who booked me for your parties. You are an elite bunch and I am flattered to have performed for you.
And now comes the ultimate thank you – TO ALL OF YOU. You inspire me, encourage me and keep me on the path of hard work and success every single day. Your faith, dedication and belief in me are astounding. I thank God for you and count my blessings.
What do I have in store for you in 2013? New music. More videos. More performances. Exciting inspiration. A little bit of a brand new Gina. I'm excited for the opportunities that are ahead and know it will be wonderful year for ALL OF US.