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Spring Event Almost Sold Out, Gin Wigmore Announced as Opening Act


The 2013 Spring Event presenting American Idol winner Phillip Phillips is just weeks away, and the committee has announced New Zealand singer-songwriter, Gin Wigmore, as Phillips’ opening act. There are just over 250 tickets left for the popular annual event.

Already a superstar in New Zealand, Wigmore is fast becoming a household name in North America. Songs from her upcoming album, "Gravel & Wine," have already been heard in nationwide TV and radio campaigns for Heineken ("Man Like That" with Wigmore performing for James Bond himself, Daniel Craig), Guinness ("Black Sheep"), and Lowe's ("Don't Stop"), and on national TV shows on ABC, CBS, MTV, Showtime, Fox, CW, and more.

Wigmore has been a singer-songwriter since she was 12. At age 18, she beat over 11,000 entrants at the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) in the U.S. with “Hallelujah,” which she wrote two years earlier, in response to her father’s death. That put her in a league with (among others) previous ISC winners Kasey Chambers and Catie Curtis, and gained the attention of Island Record Australia, who inked her as their very first artist in 2008.

A self-titled EP featuring "Hallelujah" went multi-platinum in New Zealand, and was soon followed by Wigmore’s album debut, "Holy Smoke," recorded with Ryan Adams’ band, the Cardinals, and noted producer Mike Elizondo. “Holy Smoke" has been certified 5x Platinum and "took a grip on my homeland for a hearty year of praise, adulation, and radio saturation,” Wigmore says offhandedly. It debuted at #1 in New Zealand, and at one point, four of its songs were simultaneously in the Top 40 chart. Wigmore was named Break-Through Artist of the Year at the 2010 NZ Music Awards, and "Holy Smoke" was the big winner, taking home Best Pop Album, Highest Selling Album, and Album of the Year.

Before beginning work on her follow-up album, and hungry to feed her blues appetite, Wigmore took a two-month solo trek along the Mississippi Blues Trail and the heartland of America “to wrestle my emotions and bring out the raw grit hiding in my tightly guarded sub-conscious.” Working her way from juke joints to the Rev. Al Green’s church in Memphis, Wigmore finally landed in Santa Monica to work on her sophomore album with producer Butch Walker, who has worked with artists including Pink, Cee-Lo, Hot Hot Heat, Katy Perry, and Gavin DeGraw.

The 2013 Spring Event is taking place on Thursday, April 25, in the St. John Fisher College Student Life Center. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the 18-and-older show can be purchased online through the Spring Event website. For more information, call 585-385-8005.

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