HEARTBREAK OVER FAMILY TRAGEDY LEADS TO BIG BREAK
Gin wasn’t exactly invisible to her family after her child caroling days ended. After her father died when the budding singer was 16, Gin penned a song to deal with the grief. “‘Halleluja’ was everything I wanted to say to Dad that I couldn’t at the time, because at 16 years old you don’t know to speak properly, let alone articulate what you want to say to your dad and how much you love him,” Gin said. It was big sister Lucy who pushed Gin to submit “Halleluja” to the International Songwriting Contest where it went on to make Gin the competition’s youngest winner.
Eventually, Gin released the award-winning track on her debut EP in 2008. “Now I look back and think, ‘That’s so cool that my first successful song has come from my family and my dad who’s not here anymore.”
But as lovely as Gin’s tribute to her dad was, she sure as hell doesn’t pull punches in her Adele-like lyrics treatment of the men that done her wrong on Gravel & Wine. So is she as angry as she seems in “Man Like That” and “Poison?”
“I think the guys were the seed for the piss off, and I’m quite dramatic, so I really took it to another level,” Gin said. “And I hold grudges, so I remember those, hold onto it and I can write about it for years to come.”
Good. Should Gin remain happily domesticated with boyfriend, a dog and career that’s just getting started in the States, we can still rely on her bitter memory to give us more of the take-no-prisoners attitude aggressive pop rock bangers like “Kill of the Night” to rile us up.
Don’t stop doing what you do, Gin! And YOU don’t stop checking Tuner all month for all things Gin Wigmore as we follow her through her turn as VH1’s May 2013 You Oughta Know artist. A full list of the wines and song pairings from Gin’s track tasting below.
“Kill of the Night” – Teso la Monja Toro Romanico Tempranillo (2010) $16
“Black Sheep” – Julien Labet Poulsard “En Billat” (2011) $30
“If Only” – Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc (2011)
“Man Like That” – Franzia Chardonnay
“Poison” – Pinot Patch Pinot NOir (2011) $18