gemma grew up on the far north coast of new south wales in australia where she often played her guitar on the back verandah, busked on the streets of lismore and played in local cafes. at the age of 17, she packed her bags and headed to sydney with some soccer boots, notebooks, a guitar and a place in an arts/law degree. some years later, she jumped on a plane bound for new york city....
over the next five years, she lived in four different countries, and visited many others, returning in the end to brooklyn, which always held a sense of home.
one day she started to get itchy feet and, knowing her time in brooklyn was coming to a close, she called brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and producer, chris cubeta, and asked if he would help her make an album. he said yes.
gemma, chris and gary (sound engineer) spent many evenings of summer/fall 2009 recording. gemma would bike over the williamsburg bridge after work and they would sit in galuminum foil studios where they would talk about the world and gemma would sit and sing and play and cry and laugh a lot (yes, all four at once, sometimes). they would have amazing friends drop by and play on tracks. and at the end of it all, there would be a shiny disc with her songs on it. then her dear friend tom milledge would draw some of the most amazing drawings you’ve ever seen, and that would be the cover of the album which would become known as songs from the long way home...
songs from the long way home is an ode to a city and a love, a recognition that we can find home somewhere other than the physical space in which we grew.
epilogue… gemma moved to the middle east in november 2009 for a new job. she held her cd launch in her living room with a group of aid workers looking out over the mediterranean ocean. now on saturdays she plays her guitar to her street kitten susu and watches the sun set over the sea.