Exposed to many genres of music while growing up in the Philippines, singing has been a part of her for as long as she can remember. From a tender age, she has spent her life learning and enjoying anything music has to offer.
She started out with pop music and eventually evolved with Jazz, Blues, R&B and Broadway. She believes that the key to being a successful singer is the ability to listen to others and to oneself and be honest with what you hear.
Her performances has taken her to many parts of Asia and the world. She is privileged to have performed with some of the top-notch jazz artistes, both locally (East and West Malaysia) and overseas.
Presently based in Malaysia, she’s performed with some of the top notch musicians like Asiabeat (led by Lewis Pragasam), Face First (with Greg Lyons), Aztec Jam (with Stuart Henderson), Jungle Jazz (with Dodong Jumawan), the Solianos, Michael Veerapen, David Gomez, Jose Mari Chan just to name a few.
She is also the regular vocalist for the Malaysia Airlines jazz band.
Her influences include the greats like Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Diane Schuur, Diane Reeves, Etta James, Sarah Vaughn, Cole Porter, Gershwin as well as a wide genre of music such as fusion, acid jazz and big bands. She has a strong inclination to vocal groups and Latin music, having Spanish as part of her heritage.
She has released 2 albums : “FINALLY Gina Panizales” – A contemporary mix of Jazz, Latin and R &B released on April 2008 under Multinum Entertainment and “Love’s Tapestry” – an acoustic remake of of 70’s & 80’s love songs released on November 2009 under Poppopmusic.
For the 2019 edition of the Festival, Gina will be singing her repertoire of songs with the Kinda Blue Quartet.