Credit: Purple violin : Harrison Sanborn
Ginny Luke Applies her Classical Background Towards a Contemporary Career
Ginny Luke (Keyboards '10) is a classically trained pianist and violinist from a family of professional musicians. With an accomplished background having performed publically since the age of four, Ginny is no stranger to the stage. She debuted on violin with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony at age fourteen and performed at Carnegie Hall two years later. After a childhood in the classical realm, Ginny came to Los Angeles and enrolled in the Vocal Technology program and subsequently the Keyboard Technology program at Musicians Institute.
Ginny's reasoning behind her decision to come to MI was based on the angle that these programs took a stance geared specifically towards career preparation. "KIT offered me preparation for required skills in the 'real world,'" she said. "[Skills] like programming sounds, music theory and chart writing, familiarity with every type of keyboard, improvisation, production, and learning to fit in with other players, musically."
While attending MI, Ginny became acquainted with keyboard instructor Justin Avery who was touring and recording with Meatloaf at that time as a keyboard player and backing vocalist. "I went to his open counseling a few times for audition preparation for the Adam Lambert callbacks and I mentioned that I played classical and rock violin as well. He referred me when Meat Loaf asked about a violinist who could sing. Meat Loaf then looked me up on Youtube and Facebook."
Meat Loaf with Ginny Luke
Justin's recommendation led to a gig on the road - Ginny took off with Meat Loaf on tour throughout Australia and New Zealand in the fall of 2011. "We started the tour with the Australian Football League pre-show performances in Melbourne for around 100,000 people and played arenas for the rest of the tour." An incredible experience, Ginny claimed that the tour "took me to a much higher level of awareness and confidence musically."
The tour was a new kind of classroom for Ginny, it taught her valuable lessons like "how to pack a suitcase in one minute," and that dry washing detergent is an essential item to pack for every tour. More importantly, Ginny says that the tour taught her more about what to expect of herself, about how hard she should push herself and specifically where her strengths really lie. She says, "I've learned that huge part of my career is about marketing my skill set and letting people know what I have to offer. I've always been a hard worker, but I've learned to be more specific in defining what areas I need to become stronger in - and to work at those things every day."
Photo Credit: Martin Hausler
Ginny is strengthening her skills every day, especially in marketing. She is now endorsed by D'Addario Strings, Planet Waves, Fishman, Digitech, Spaceman, Pigtronix, Monstar Designs (stage clothing), Mi-Si Electronics and Coffin Case, with whom she's working to develop violin cases in the near future. She will also be playing a Fender violin on her next tour with Meat Loaf. Now well on the road to a successful career, Ginny is collaborating with new artists both on stage and in the studio. She has performed with Adam 812, Global Affect as well as artists such as Mike Kineally (Frank Zappa), and has recorded for J.Cole, Meat Loaf, Alex Band (The Calling), Snoop Dogg, Cori B and has done tracks for 1500 and Nothin Prod. She will release her own solo EP and music video this summer.
Ginny takes off again with Meat Loaf this summer for his "Mad, Mad World Tour," which extends across the US, Mexico and Canada. The tour will bring her to Los Angeles on June 27th for a performance at The Wiltern Theater. To catch her live with Meat Loaf at any of his upcoming shows, you can find tour dates at www.meatloaf.net.
In order to get in touch with Ginny and keep up to date on her growing career, visit her online at www.ginnylukeonline.com.
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