When you first SEE Gina DeLuca, you immediately notice her fiery red curls, and brilliant blue eyes – equal parts playful and mysterious. Her presence is confident and sincere; deeply introspective, and she is in complete command of her audience before the first note is played or word is spoken. When you first HEAR Gina, you are swept up in her innate vocal ability. She is raw power, seductive finesse, and shades of soul – all brought together by a single, pure, natural voice.
Gina DeLuca was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Her love for music was evident as early as age three, when she would listen to the Beatles on her Barbie record player and sing into the handle of a vacuum cleaner. Even with this budding love of performing, the idea of making music her living didn’t come about until Gina turned twenty-two. After sitting in with a local band she became addicted to the feeling of performing live. As a solo vocalist, Gina found her opportunities limited to performing with duos or groups so she decided to take matters into her own hands by picking up the guitar. Six months, forty songs, and a lot of determination later she was not only playing the guitar but landed a weekly solo gig at Leadbetter’s Tavern, in Fell’s Point, MD, where she continued to play every Friday for the next eight years.
With a steady gig and an ever-growing fan base, Gina has developed quite an eclectic repertoire over the past seven years. Currently performing over 600 songs from her ever-expanding list, variety is inevitable and encouraged. While the majority of her songs are covers, Gina brings a warmth and soulfulness to each song that makes them, in some ways, her very own. Her original song, “Nothin’ In Your House” was covered by Saffire – The Uppity Blueswomen.
Gina is influenced by Nina Simone, Annie Lennox, Brian Setzer, Ray Charles, Eva Cassidy, Susan Tedeschi, Aretha Franklin, Joss Stone and Saffire -The Uppity Blueswomen. Her natural style, and deep understanding of the blues are evident in every song. From soft, delicate whispers to powerful, defiant wails, Gina bears her soul for all to witness. Red truly is the color of love, passion, and power.
Gina has released two CDs. “Angel with Dirty Wings” in 2006 and “Blue Eyed Soul” in 2009.