Gina Eckstine (voice) - Horn
Gina as been teaching vocal students both private and in group settings for over 25 years. She is the youngest child of model/actress Carolle Drake, and legendary jazz singer Billy Eckstine. Her career began at the age of 7 when she was invited on stage with her father during his nightclub act. Gina says, “From then I was hooked. I knew what I wanted to do…SING!” With family friends like the Four Tops, Quincy Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., and Sarah Vaughan, Gina’s household was a constant source of inspiration and guidance. At age 13, Gina began extensive vocal training and music study. She was a student at the Ira Lee’s Studio, Phil Moore’s,” For Singers Only” Workshop, and the Dick Grove School of Music.
After witnessing Gina’s graduation performance, her father decided that Gina was ready for his “College Of The Road”. She joined her father in his show and traveled the world, sharing the stage with the likes of Count Basie, Sammy Davis Jr., and Bill Cosby. She also had the distinct pleasure of performing on The Tonight Show. After three years with The Billy Eckstine Show, Gina moved to California and started her own nightclub act working exclusively for the La Costa Resort Hotel. Her show was a tremendous success and the Las Vegas connection was made. For 9 years Gina performed in all the major Hotels and Casinos in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe.
Currently residing in Las Vegas, Gina performs as an opening act for major performers in Las Vegas, most recently for Brad Garrett, at The Mirage Hotel. Gina performs her own show and has recently released a CD “Everything I Have Is Yours,” a tribute to her late father.
Gina Eckstine is a true artist. She performs all styles of music beautifully and her powerful presence and unique voice will captivate you. Blessed with her mother’s beauty and her father’s talent, Gina is definitely a star on the rise!