Melbourne musician Gena Rose Bruce is a lover of sad-eyed, bluesy pop with a touch of twang. She writes honest songs with a bit of reverb creating that 90’s dream, West Coast sound.
Her intoxicating and heart felt live performances leave audiences full of longing.
From a young age, Gena was obsessed with Dolly Parton; she was then inspired to write songs reflecting on her own hopelessly unromantic life. She began playing in bands and started gigging locally, creating a buzz around Melbourne’s music scene.
In 2016 Gena released her debut EP Mad Love, produced by Aria winner Steven Schramm, featuring singles ‘Good Thing’ and ‘Smooth’. Following on from the success of the EP release, Gena was invited to share the stage with both Ella Hooper and Felix Riebl on their national tours.
To date, Gena has performed Nannup Music Festival, Tamworth Music festival and Nashville’s Americana music festival and Gena was a guest performer on the ferry from Docklands across the Bay to the Out on the Weekend festival in 2015.
2017 saw Gena dedicate her time to writing and recording her debut album with Melbourne producer Tim Harvey (Lisa Mitchell, Teeth and Tongue) at Electric Dreams studio in Melbourne. Gena’s album features notable performances from musician Jade Imagine, on bass and guitar.
Delving deeper into other genres and experimentation, Gena also teamed up with Henry Wagons and Richard Bradbeer to form new side project and record as synth electronic band Principal and released album Go To The Principal via Spunk Records.
Gena Rose Bruce is set to release her first single ‘The Way You Make Me Love’ in March 2018, showcasing her new band featuring local musicians Rhea Caldwell (Baby Blue) Damian Meoli (Jade Imagine) and Cordelia Crosby.
Gena has also just been announced as a music finalist for annual Frankie Magazines Good Stuff Awards for 2018.