Gemma Genazzano has been called a "Latin Soul Goddess" ... and for very good reason. Living between Barcelona and New York, she has been captivating audiences with her irresistible voice, Spanish lyrics, exotic melodies, and sensual soul rhythms. She has performed at jazz music festivals in Europe to New York's Blue Note and Madison Square Garden. And, now, with her highly anticipated worldwide release ofÂ Si Me Quieres/If You Love Me,Â distributed by Clipped Records through Warner/ADA, Gemma has managed to create an entirely new crossover genre of music ... Jazzy Latin Soul. When soulful grooves and smooth, sexy Spanish and English lyrics combine it has an irresistible effect on the ear. Gemma welcomes listeners to a musical journey filled with love, sensuality, and romance. As her seductive vocals float with ease her red hot New York City band sizzles, one cannot help but feel that Gemma Genazzano is very comfortable exploring her passions.
She is the daughter of late Italian actor Oswaldo Genazzano and the granddaughter of Italian actress Gemma Genazzano who worked with the legendary Federico Fellini, so performing runs deep in her blood. At an early age, Gemma was drawn to jazz and gospel music but loved the classic American films she saw on television. While studying piano at the Liceu Conservatory, Gemma was constantly searching for new sounds and ways to express herself and her music. Eventually the draw to Jazz, Soul and America was too much. Gemma left her classical studies and began singing and performing at clubs and festivals throughout Spain. Gemma soon earned a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where she won numerous music composition awards and first metÂ Marlon Saunders. Marlon Saunders work has been rooted in the soul scene since his days with jazz/soul group Jazzhole. Saunders, whose own recordings, Enter My Mind and A Groove So Deep: The Live Sessions have had critical acclaim has also been on the scene touring and recording as a vocalist with such artists as Sting, Bobby McFerrin, Shania Twain, Nine Inch Nails and even an appearance in the recent Disney film, Enchanted.
After moving to New York City, she reconnected with Saunders. Together with standout lead guitarist/songwriter Greg Dayton, they have collaborated to create a unique sound for this fiery Latina artist. Acting as executive producer, Saunders spent more than nine months co-writing and creating tracks that would later become Si Me Quieres/If You Love Me. Soaring background vocals intoxicate and horns accentuate while making you feel as though you've been transported to a special world where everyone just seems sexier.