Gina Jones’ life has been anything but easy, but one thing remains constant, her love for writing, singing and performing music. Gina began her musical career at the tender age of 9 singing and playing bass in her family’s band, the Ozark Rhythm Aires. She was a natural and from the age of 9 to 15 she performed in the band. The band performed at fairs and festivals and toured the Ozarks in Missouri, including Branson. By the age of 9 Gina had already cut her first record with the Ozark Rhythm Aires.
As a mere child Gina and the Ozark Rhythm Aires won numerous talent shows that led to opening for such acts as, Justin Tubb and Grammy Award winning Dottie West. At age 14, Gina and her brother, Stan Barnhart decided to venture out and began their own duo. It wasn’t long before they were signed to a recording contract with Universal Records in Nashville. Universal released a record which gained them exposure in the west where Gina lived at the time. Eventually, the duo with her brother ended and she decided to take a different direction and began singing and performing in a rock band. Before her rock journey was over Gina had performed with several bands touring the west in Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Washington, and California.
By her early 20’s, Gina’s country soul was beckoning her to return to her roots. Gina made the big move to Nashville in which time she performed regularly at some of Nashville’s most historical venues such as, Tootsies, Gilley’s on Music Row, Lonnie’s Western Room, and Barbara’s and Skull’s in Printer’s Alley. While in Nashville Gina joined a band called the “Nashville Country Music Review” and opened for over thirty-six Grand Ole Opry stars including; Bobby Bare, Jeanie Sealy, Porter Wagoner, Connie Smith, Bill Anderson, Little Jimmy Dickens, and Faron Young. Gina co-wrote with many established Nashville hit songwriters and artists including Vern Gosdin, and, was mentored by the “Grandfather of Country Music” the legendary, Harlan Howard. Gina had success in getting songs published by the Ritchey Music Group and Rowen Music. In 2010 with a focus on writing gospel music she secured two Southern Gospel cuts recorded by Peach State Quartet that charted on the Southern Gospel charts.
From 1990 to 1995 Gina continued to perform in and around Nashville and was a regular in well-known venues such as “Live at Libby’s” located in Kentucky which was credited for giving Tim McGraw, Tracey Lawrence, and Jo Dee Messina their career start. Over the past decade Gina has continued performing at fairs and festivals as well as intimate acoustic coffee houses and listening rooms. In 2015 Gina was invited to perform at the Bakersfield Music Awards after headlining along with the Bakersfield musicians in a festival in Las Vegas. In 2015, Gina won a “battle of the bands” contest promoted through fan voting on Facebook. As the winner of the contest, Gina opened the Mountain Home Country Music Festival star-studded lineup that included, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley and Florida Georgia Line.
Gina’s career has ramped up to a whole new level when in 2017 she was signed to artist management by Nashville music veteran Brenda Cline with Workhorse 615. To add to the increasing momentum, in late 2017 Gina signed a publishing deal by Nashville music executive and publisher, Justin Peters and Songs for the Planet. Gina continues to perform acoustically and with her band but spends most of her time writing songs as well as her memoirs. Gina Jones will be releasing her candid, riveting book about her troubled past and personal triumphs in her forthcoming book which she is co-writing with her manager, Brenda Cline. The book will be released in 2018 along with a new Cd of her original music.