GET TO KNOW: Ginny Vee

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I first got into music when I was about three years old. I got a small plastic Karaoke singing mike. My dad got it for me because he knew I liked singing. I used to sing Michael Jackson everywhere with it.
My dad always had a guitar in the house and would strum a bit. He also learned how to play piano as his mother (my Grandmother) was a music teacher. So I guess music has always been in the family.
I stole his guitar and tried to compose music with the help of my grandmother – who encouraged me; she was both a music teacher and an operatic singer -so was a huge influence on me when I was young.
I’ve been singing as long as I’ve been walking.
 
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
My dad always played old cassettes especially when we travelled around Italy in our camper (that was our holidays). He played Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and a host of music from the 80’s and 90’s.
I guess I was exposed to all kinds of music. I was an only child and both parents were working so I spent a lot of time alone when not doing sports, so I listened to the radio in my bedroom – and that is unusual for an Italian kid. Now what is also unusual in Italy, is that I lived not far from Camp Derby; a huge American military base near Livorno. And there I could listen to American radio with a lot of American music influences. So rather than grow up on Italian music and songs – I grew up singing American and English songs – I guess that is why I prefer to sing in English. It had a such an impact on me, that now I only sing in English and have more of an English style to what I do.
 
How long have you been Singing/writing?
I’ve been singing since I was three and I wrote my first song when I was six years old – using my dad’s guitar. It was called “La Casa Bianca” – the white house. Not as in Trump’s new abode – but my perfect dream house which was… white.
I’ve been singing ever since and I’ve written and co written pop and even a song in the style of  Kizomba.
 
How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I toured with an Italian girl group  for about six years and we would do live cover shows all across Italy and Europe.
At the peak we did about 80 live shows a year – from small venues up to major radio tours; with up to fifteen thousand people .
Performing live is what it is all about for me. I’m now starting to build my own material and Give Me Dynamite is my first solo single, so I’m going to release a few more songs and then build a tour around them.
I hope to be getting back with live performances later in 2017 – but of course I hope to be doing a few live appearances with  Give Me Dynamite.
 
What has been your favourite moment in music?
It may not mean much outside of Italy – but in August 2014 I was asked to a do a duet with a legend in the Italian music world – Dodi Battaglia from the Italian super group Pooh.
When you get the chance to be on stage and sing a live duet with someone you grew up listening to on the radio, and having been to their concerts (The first convert I ever went to when I was eleven), it was really special. So far the favorite moment of my music career.
 
Where is the best place to find you online?
You can find me at www.ginnyvee.com – where I have my new single with all the different links to it, and all my social media links. There you can join me on this adventure.

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