Randy Krbechek's Metronews
March 26, 1997
Ambitious Gina G Makes Moves for the Top of the Pops
Gina G, Fresh
(Warner 1997) - Britain's
newest "next big thing" is Gina G, a talented and beautiful lass from
Australia. With her hit single "Ooh Aah...Just a Little Bit," Fresh
has what it takes to make a hit -- good lyrics and a great melody, a solid
hook and a beat that just keeps on going.
The 25-year-old Gina G has been making music since she was
as a teenager. After working as a DJ at various clubs around
Melbourne, Gina joined a dance music ensemble called Bass
Culture. While Bass Culture enjoyed a modest hit with the
single, "Love the Life," Gina wanted more. So in 1994, she
relocated to the United Kingdom, where the seeds of Fresh were
After laying down a demo, Gina hooked up with British
producer Steve Rodway (best known for his work with Motiv 8), who
liked what he heard. And the rest, as they say, is history.
"Ooh Aah...Just a Little Bit" skyrocketed last year to #1 on the
British charts, remaining in 1996's top five for more than two
Fresh is a delightful mix of dance and pop: the kind of
perky upbeat music that makes you want to shake your booty. From
the hit single to such songs as "Rhythm of My Life" and "Follow
the Light," Gina G knows how to get around a dance groove. Enjoy
a big serving of Fresh.
Amber, This is Your Night (Tommy Boy 1997) - Danish vocalist
Amber has enjoyed remarkable success with her hit single, "This is Your
Night." With the release of her first LP, Amber hopes to continue her
Amber comes by her vocal skills naturally: Her father is an
opera singer and her mother teaches piano. As a child in
Holland, Amber was encouraged to express herself musically. Says
Amber, "I grew up with classical, and I guess that's why I
gravitated to the opposite end of the musical spectrum -- to
provoke my parents!"
In 1992, Amber met the then-unknown Frank and Christian
Berman. After laying down some tracks, the Bermans disappeared
for 18 months. Amber, naturally, was disappointed.
But then the Bermans resurfaced, buoyed by their success
with Real McCoy. After being assured that the Bermans were
committed to her, Amber returned to the studio to record This is
Your Night. Says Amber, "We fell right back into our energy
pattern, and the songs just flew out of us. It's really about
having fun. I have made a very optimistic album, and it reflects
In addition to the hit single "This is Your Night" (which
was number one last year in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago,
Boston, Detroit, and Miami), the album also features new cuts
like "Colour of Love" and "Hold My Body Tight."
Amber has the Euro-pop-disco sound that propelled Lisa
Stansfield into the stratosphere. Dance fans will groove to This
is Your Night.
Various artists, All That: The Album
(RCA 1997) - During the last two years, the TV show "All That" (seen each
weekend on Nickelodeon) has developed into a sort of
"Saturday Night Live Jr.", while also establishing itself as the premiere
outlet on TV for live hip-hop and R&B performances.
Aimed at the 6-to-15 age group, The Album is a rap and soul
compilation that's both teen-pleasing and parent friendly. The
Album features 11 musical selections, together with ten
interludes and skits by favorite characters on "All That."
The Album featuring two songs by Immature, including the hit
"Watch Me Do My Own Thing," Brandy's version of "Baby," and "You
Used to Love Me" by Faith Evans. Also featured are the "All
That" theme song by TLC, as well as songs by Aaliyah and Coolio.
Geared towards the younger set, All That: The Album (which
is a compilation of songs from last season's shows) will please
young fans of urban and R&B.
Now in a Minute (Atlantic
1996) - Now in a Minute is the debut album from Welsh
singer Donna Lewis. Standing astride the pop and dance worlds, while buoyed
by a background in classical composition, Now in a Minute
has a catchy, engaging charm.
Lewis has been making music for years, and counts Elton John
and Rickie Lee Jones as early influences. Lewis majored in piano
and flute at the Welsh College of Music and Drama; after
graduation, she turned professional and began playing in cover
bands throughout the U.K. and Germany.
Donna eventually moved to Birmingham, England, where she
assembled a simple home studio -- a four track, a DX7 keyboard,
drum machine, and a microphone -- and began recording her songs.
In addition, she played gigs around the Birmingham area,
attracting attention from booking agencies, which led to a long
series of stints in European piano bars.
Of that period, Lewis says "I really feel that I matured a
lot as a performer. I stayed away from the standard piano bar
repertoire. I liked to cover more obscure tracks from some of
my favorite artists, like Prince, Rickie Lee Jones, Kate Bush and
Van Morrison, while also performing a number of my own songs."
While it took several years to commit Now in a Minute to
vinyl, the wait was worth it. "Now in a Minute" takes it's title
from an everyday scene in Donna's Welsh homeland. "There's
really no hidden meaning behind the title," she explains. "It's
just a simple expression meaning, 'I'll be right there.'"
In addition to such tracks as "Lights of Life" and "Nothing
Ever Changes," the highlight of the album is the hit single, "I
Love You Always Forever." The disc features two versions of this
track: the studio mix (produced by Kevin Killen) and the "Philly
Remix" featuring the Cosmic Lounge Brass Ensemble on horns.
Now in a Minute is a fair showcase for this talented and
determined young woman.
-- Randy Krbechek
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