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4 July 2012
Debut single coming up for Gina and the Virgin Soldiers

University of Nottingham alumna Gina Georghiou (English Studies and Theology 2011) is set for a busy summer releasing a single and supporting some of the biggest names in the music industry.

Gina sings and plays keyboards with a band called Virgin Soldiers and 2012 looks like being a turning point for the band who release their debut single Moon Song on August 12 (It’s available now to pre-order now on iTunes!).

And this coming Friday, 6th July, the band will support Keane in a sell-out gig in Alexandra Park, Hastings.

Moon Song comes out this summer on August 20th and we’re trying to see if we can buck the trend and become only the 12th ever unsigned act to get in the UK top 40,” said Gina.  “Most of the bands to achieve this in the past have done it playing covers, so we would be one of the first with an original song”.

The band, founded by James Beeny, initially used part-time musicians until Mike Parkin,the band’s violinist, mentioned that he knew the perfect person to fill the female lead singer and keyboard role. Gina, from Battle in East Sussex, quickly became an integral part of Virgin Soldiers.

With male and female vocals the six-piece band mixes contemporary with classical instruments producing a set that ranges from high energy songs to harmonious ballads, and creates a unique sound that Virgin Soldiers labels ‘Strock’.

"If someone had told me this time last year that I would be pursuing a career with a band, I would have thought that they were crazy.  I was so dedicated to my course at the University of Nottingham that I hadn’t hoped for any future other than an academic one,” added Gina.

“I never could have imagined that this year I would be sharing the stage with some huge acts, opening for Keane, McFly and Joan Armatrading.  The band has presented me with some amazing opportunities, from playing at music festivals, to appearing in radio interviews and I have loved every second of it.  Whilst my focus has changed since being at Nottingham, I really value my time there and my university experience has taught me the importance of setting yourself goals and working hard to achieve them.  I hope that if I continue to work hard that I can create a successful career with Virgin Soldiers."  

The band hopes to repeat the success that they achieved in a busy 2011, when they appeared in festivals right across the country including SkyFest and Lounge On The Farm. They also released two EPs and received airplay on a number of radio shows.

In March the band supported McFly at the Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone, this Friday they support  Keane in Hastings and in October they will open for the legendary Joan Armatrading at the King’s Theatre, Portsmouth.  

See a selection of images here.

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