FULTON, NY – CNY Arts Center’s first Recording Artist Showcase, 5 p.m. July 5 at Bullhead Point on Lake Neatahwanta, will celebrate the accomplishments of local musicians including Gina Holsopple.
Her body of work has steadily grown over the last few years and has developed a partnership with CNY Arts Center.
“Gina performed at our very first Arts Fest on the River in 2011 when her young son, Rueby, joined her onstage with her husband, Matt Wood,” director Nancy Fox said. “Since then she has gone on to music direct Willy Wonka, Jr and now teaches guitar and voice lessons here at the center.”
Holsopple’s inauspicious beginnings as a Mennonite girl growing up in the middle of the Kansas prairie gives her voice a soul that is tough to find in this fast-paced world.
Music has always been a part of her life, from Sunday mornings to Friday evening jam sessions with the rest of her family and whoever else happened along for the evening.
Holsopple began playing piano in third grade, picked up the violin in fourth and settled on the guitar as her favorite when she was 16.
After graduating from high school, she made her way to a small town in Indiana to continue studying music.
Spending four years working to become a classically trained musician was enough to send Holsopple right into New York City’s east village where she became a regular at all of the anti-folk open mic nights.
However, a Mennonite girl from the middle of Kansas can only last so long in the big city and she again finds herself in a small town in Central New York.
Here she spends a good deal of time gardening, canning, quilting and harvesting wild edibles.
Throughout this time, she has continued to make music a central part of her life.
Performing across the country and releasing eight albums has kept her on her toes.
She is a three-time winner of the New Song Contest at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kan., in 2009, 2010 and 2013, winner of the 2012 Wayne County Original Music Competition in Wayne County, NY, winner of the Performing Songwriter Contest at the 2010 Avalonfest in Paw Paw, W.Va., the Schroeppel Songwriter Series contest in Schroeppel, NY in 2007 and has also performed at Harborfest 2004, 2011 and 2012, the 2003 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, and was a featured performer in the New Artists’ Showcase at the 2000 National Women’s Music.
Her clear vocals and down-home sound have become a favorite for fans from New York to Minnesota and Chicago to Baltimore.
Her lyrics have been highly commended by both reviewers and fans.
As an accomplished musician, songwriter and performer her music has been described as “captivating,” “inspiring” and “ethereal with a sense of longing.”
Her lyrical, acoustic musical style is nothing less than enchanting.
Reviewers comments are insightful such as:
“Holsopple gives us acoustic guitar, lyrics that encompass the personal and social activism, and a sweet voice whose self-harmonies are smooth and warm.” Alicia Wallace, On Tap, Washington, DC.
“Gina’s easy-on-the-ears voice, and harmonies…make you feel like ordering a double Americano and lighting up a smoke…” M. Alden, Girl Player
“Gina’s voice is pure joy, sometimes low and husky, other times soaring to high notes as though the sky were the limit…” Linda Hood, fan, New York City
“sometimes punchy, sometimes poignant…” Jenny Ivor, Rambles
“Her meandering melodies and winsome voice are sure to make your foot tap, head bob, and lips open wide with a smile.” Brad Crescenzo, MuzikReviews.com
Holsopple and her husband are also working with CNY Arts Center and other local artists to host the second Wooden-Apple Farmstead Art and Music Festival, August 30-31 at their farm in Palermo with a songwriting contest, a mural painting created by festival attendees, overnight camping available, pancake breakfast and day-long music festival.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Gina and Matt on their festival and to present Gina Holsopple in our first open-air concert,” Fox said.
For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.