Forsyth is an award-winning singer/songwriter, violinist and guitarist.
Her southern roots dig deep into the soul of American culture and
bloom forth in the form of pertinent, powerful lyrics that rest
on the branches of vivid melodies. Steeped in a wide array of influences,
she has successfully linked the traditional to the contemporary,
the erudite to the instinctual and the accomplished to the unrefined.
Born in Florida and raised in Alabama, Forsyth grew up on hymns,
country songs and old time fiddle tunes. In 1983, she moved to New
Orleans studying classical and jazz violin at Loyola University.
Forsyth quickly grew to love Cajun music, and calls herself an "adopted
Cajun", even moving at one point to Lafayette to steep herself in
Cajun music. She toured with the Cajun rock band Mamou in 1989,
and sang "Valse de la Vie" on the group's Ugly Day CD, released
on Rounder Records (1992). After stints with a number of other Cajun
bands, these days she regularly tours with Bruce Daigrepont, and
appears on his most recent CD, Paradis, also on Rounder Records
(1999). In addition, she is great demand as a session player for
many other musicians, including the Burns Sisters, with whom she
toured and appeared on their Rounder CD, Out of the Blue (1999).
As a singer/songwriter, Forsyth has earned many honors, including
Emerging Songwriter Winner at the Napa Valley Folk Festival (1993),
and New Folk Winner at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival (1996).
Her work can also be found on numerous compilations, including four
from Waterbug Records. She has been named Offbeat magazine's People's
Choice Winner in the folk category (1994). She also won Offbeat
magazine's Best Singer/Songwriter for two years in a row (1995-96)
and was the winner of the 1996 Best Cajun CD of the Year (Dans La
Louisiane, with Waylon Thibodeaux). She regularly performs at The
Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, New Orleans' hangout for the singer
/ songwriter set, and often hosts touring shows there. Gina Forsyth's
new release is You Are Here (2001). The new CD is now being heralded
as, "...an eclectic, beautifully played testament to choosing the
right personnel and crafting a great song." (The Daily Advertiser,
Lafayette, LA). More information is available at ginaforsyth.com.