Gin Wigmore set to release new 'Holy Smoke' album 9/7/2009
Gin Wigmore’s eagerly anticipated debut album Holy Smoke will be released September 25, 2009. Recorded in Los Angeles with a ‘dream team’ of production and musician talents, Gin’s album represents the latest chapter in a story which began back in her home town of Auckland, New Zealand.
At the tender age of 16, Gin articulated in song, the pain of losing her father to cancer. That song, Hallelujah, won the US-based International Songwriting Contest in 2005, beating 11,000 songwriting hopefuls from 77 countries to make Gin the youngest and only unsigned Grand Prize winner in the history of the ISC.
Three years after her ISC win, Gin signed to Island Records Australia and released her critically acclaimed debut EP ‘Extended Play’ - “One of the most stunning debut EPs ever…a star is born.” (Sydney Daily Telegraph). In August 2008, Gin was signed to Universal Motown Records USA by label President, Sylvia Rhone and undertook her first US promo trip in October, performing shows in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles to rapturous media and music industry audiences.
After months preparing to record her album, songwriting alone and with Martin Terefe (Jason Mraz, KT Tunstall, James Morrison), Dan Wilson (Dixie Chicks. Semisonic), Mitchell Froom (Crowded House) and Mike Elizondo (Eminem, 50 Cent, Gwen Stefani, Fiona Apple), Gin once again packed her bags and headed across the Pacific to commence recording in April.
At the helm of Holy Smoke is Grammy nominated producer Mike Elizondo (Alanis Morissette, Fiona Apple, Nelly Furtado, Maroon 5) and vocals were recorded at his Phantom Studios in Westlake Village, Los Angeles. Mixing took place at infamous Sunset Studios by Joe Chiccarelli (White Stripes, The Shins)
Performing on Holy Smoke are the highly successful and renowned The Cardinals (of Ryan Adams & The Cardinals fame). Full band tracking was laid down at the legendary Capitol Studios.
The first single, Oh My is a gospel number, wrapped inside a bristling riff-driven rocker, spinning at 45rpm like it’s the greatest pop song ever written. ‘Oh My’ will be serviced to Australian media on Monday 3 August.
“Her voice is quirky and intoxicating, her tunes fun and charming” (Perez Hilton)
“Make mine a Gin Wigmore.. Smart songs that would work in a coffee house or an arena” (New York Post)
Catch Gin and her band performing songs from Holy Smoke at:
27 August - Notes, Sydney, NSW
2 September - The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
3 September - Troubadour, Brisbane, QLD