Saskatchewan-born singer Ginelle James believes in sharing real-life experience. Penning her debut single “Sorry” about her first real heartbreak, Ginelle’s hope was to reach people going through the same thing. To assure them that they’ll come through it stronger, and help them realize that no one can break your stride unless you let them. And the song did just that, reached people. Rising to #7 on the January 2017 Canadian Music Charts for the Most Active Indie Songs of the Week and hitting #5 on Calgary’s ReverbNation Sponsored Artists Chart, “Sorry” introduced the prairie girl to an audience ready for more.
Growing up playing piano and singing, Ginelle James’ house was full of music and the radio was on in every room, whether blaring country hits from Reba McEntire and Barbara Mandrell or soulful songs from Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin. It was a heartfelt mix that has influenced her songwriting.
Ginelle’s professional music career began in her teens when she performed at the Country North Show and Telemiracle. Soon after she teamed up with a band called Dana Grid which gave her the opportunity to share the stage with artists like Codie Prevost and Victoria Banks, and to hone her chops in the bar circuit. From gritty Melissa Etheridge songs to a polished Adele tune, Ginelle proved her voice can carry some real weight. Stepping out solo, she has since been writing and recording about things everyone can relate to like love, friendship, and having a damn good time.
Ginelle is currently working on her debut EP in Saskatoon with award-winning producer Bart McKay (Brad Johner, Shane Yellowbird, Gord Bamford, Hey Romeo) due for release in late 2017. But you don’t have to wait that long for great new music from Ginelle James— she’s releasing singles throughout the year, available now on country radio, iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, and more.
Location: Calgary, AB