There are defining moments that can change the course of our lives. That moment for Gigi Rich was at age 8 when listening to Alicia Keys first album. She was fascinated with the idea that she could play piano and use her love of poetry to write music - and bring it to life with her voice.
Born Gianna Richelle Salvato, the fiery redhead, now known as Gigi Rich, grew up listening to Alicia Keys and Amy Winehouse as a quiet, shy Jersey girl who spent time watching movies, reading a good book, and writing in her journal.
Growing up in Freehold, New Jersey, Gigi wrote her first song at age 13, which went on to top the Songwriter’s Circle charts for several months. Building on this success, she won Amateur Night at The Apollo Theater and was also selected by Bill Seidman to participate in the BMI-sponsored professional songwriters workshop. As a true testament of her ambition, she graduated high school at age 16, has attended classes at Juilliard, and is taking online courses at Berklee College of Music, all while maintaining a busy writing, recording and performance schedule.
Gigi has faced her share of adversity. Though still difficult to talk about, overcoming the loss of her older sister at the age of 8 has greatly shaped her life. This unthinkable tragedy pushed Gigi to completely immerse herself in creating music and made her a stronger, more thoughtful person with poise and maturity beyond her years.
“I don’t write about anything that I have not personally experienced. I want people to read my lyrics and know me. To not only listen to my music, but to feel it. It’s very important for people to understand my music, because all of my favorite artists are the people I can relate to.”
While her lyrics are influenced through personal experiences, her music style is influenced by iconic artists such as James Brown, Amy Winehouse, Frank Sinatra and Alicia Keys. Always striving to work on her craft and learn from those around her, Gigi has collaborated with some of Los Angeles and Nashville’s leading songwriters, including: Mikal Blue, Nikki Flores, Natalie Hemby, Jeff Cohen and Jason Reeves. These profound experiences have undoubtedly helped her to further develop her own unique style and sound.
In 2014, she continued her journey by taking her talents to national television, appearing on season seven of NBC’s The Voice. She ultimately landed a coveted spot on Team Gwen with Gwen Stefani as her musical mentor. This incredible experience, as well as working with Gwen, taught her a great deal about having a commanding stage presence. “The experience was completely different than I would have imagined. I learned a lot about myself and the direction I wanted my career to go in.”
Her debut EP “All In My Head” released in 2017, represents the evolution of a young woman on her journey to be that undeniable force as a vocalist, performer, and songwriter. Gigi continues to collaborate with esteemed writers and producers and worked with Anthony Saunders, Stefan Skarbek and James Krausse on her debut EP.
She is currently near completion of her next EP which she is “super excited” about. “Its been a time of tremendous growth for me. You can hear it in my lyrics and feel it in the melody. Writing music, for me, is essentially a page out of my personal journal. I am definitely sharing my deepest thoughts. There’s an invisible fire lit underneath me that makes me push myself, because I know I have competition. I hate the words ‘that's fine’ or ‘that'll do’ I want to blow people away, and I won't stop until I get there,” says Gigi.
Aside from her music, Gigi is passionate about working with organizations that support domestic violence and mental health awareness whenever possible. It is impossible to capture the essence of Gigi with words. The best way to get to know her, is to listen to her music.
“I know persistence pays off... and that something, somewhere at some point will happen. I just have to keep working. Keep going. Keep living.”