Speak about being grateful- We needs to be that we’ve this EP on our laps in the present day, simply as Gina Naomi Baez is grateful she’s in a position to carry it to us within the first place. Gina is an actress, a Singer, a songwriter, and -last however not least- a two-time most cancers survivor whose music will endlessly stand as a mark of resilience. In truth, this EP was largely produced throughout her therapy, so it is fairly actually a therapeutic musical balm.

Gina Naomi Baez is a singer, songwriter, actress and YouTuber. She’s landed roles throughout many productions reminiscent of Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It, Orange is the New Black and most not too long ago CBS’s FBI. Her appearing and Musical chops have come collectively throughout quite a few Off-Broadway and regional stage play roles together with Celia in Rattlesnake Kate, Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dulcinea del Toboso in Man of La Mancha, and Agnes in A Style of Issues to Come amongst a number of others.

This EP is after all a really private piece, and in its comparatively brief runtime, it simply manages to play together with your heartstrings because it takes you alongside a rocky journey that begins with childhood and ends in… nicely, it does not finish! That is the cool half, not but a minimum of, the EP is only a style of a lot extra to come back at a starting of a brand new chapter, and thru the heartbreak and tough reminiscences you reside proper alongside Gina, you additionally find yourself getting that hopeful reminder of what actual life is like: We push via, we transfer on.

“I believe the most cancers prognosis has positively modified my life in some ways. It was a really arduous time for me, bodily and emotionally, and but I nonetheless attended college as a lot as I may,” she stated. “Performing (particularly singing) was the one factor that made me blissful throughout such a darkish time. I additionally discovered that you simply solely dwell as soon as so it’s a must to dwell life to the fullest, comply with your desires and do what makes you cheerful.”

Let’s put context away for a bit. How does the Music stack? Effectively, music has at all times been an enormous a part of Gina’s life, a lot in order that it ties again to that context we’re attempting to place away momentarily as a result of it is a type of issues that saved her going robust via the darkest elements of therapy. That stated, her expertise in musical theater does appear to come back via in her crisp pop sound, there is a taste for the dramatic all through the EP however there’s additionally an plain optimism that I believe resonates with a number of the performs she’s been in.

“Ginita” is a fairly easy and unapologetically pop EP however do not confuse straightforwardness for an absence of depth, because the EP leans closely into each the sleek dulcet vocal efficiency and the robust emotional narrative prowess of its creator, so catchy as they could be, the songs really feel nearer to the delicate nature of Sufjan Steven’s indie-folk than the bubble gum pop of Taylor Swift. I discovered that an ideal instance of this is able to be “Piñata”, a track that could be very open to interpretation nevertheless it’s additionally full of fairly robust imagery that hit actually arduous for me, although Gina’s personal favourite track on the EP is “Skyline”, saying that “the track talks concerning the ups and downs of life…It doesn’t matter what I am going via, the “skyline shimmers.”

Remaining ideas: For an EP, “Ginita” is available in heavy loaded with which means and gravitas, it is an EP that clearly means loads to her, and it manages to convey fairly a broad spectrum of complicated feelings that we’ll inevitably have the ability to empathize if not outright pertains to. Enormous props, cannot wait to see what the long run maintain for this wonderful artist.


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