Multi-talented is the word that comes to mind when chatting with singer, actor, pianist, music producer and model – Capetonian Gino Lee. Gino wears many hats, but music has always been his first love. He started playing piano from the age of six, creating new melodies on the family’s old piano. By age 12, he began to perform professionally in front of mass audiences and by the time he reached the end of his primary school career, he knew that music was ultimately what he wanted to pursue. There was no stopping him.
At only 22 this talented young artist has already spent three years in the USA working with record labels and creating his latest single titled Only Get Better, which is inspired by the silver lining through his uphill journey in the Big Apple.
The single was released locally to radio on 19th October 2018, with its worldwide debut taking place in November.
Through his work in both music and acting, Gino Lee has been fortunate enough to travel to the States time and time again, but his latest bite from the Big Apple wasn’t so sweet. “The music industry can be very ugly at times,” he says.
On the bright side, Lee believes the hardships and uphill battles that you go through make you a stronger person and more determined to achieve your goals, and the slick, upbeat vibe and crisp vocals in Only Get Better are a good indication of the track’s deeper message. He says: “I think for any musician, you’re a small fish in a big pond, but with hard work, you can pull through.”
Writing this song played a cathartic role in Lee’s journey and has definitely helped him get to where he is today.
“Only Get Better really helped me get past all of the negative and bad vibes. I found myself surrounded with lies, broken promises and empty words from people who I trusted and believed in, only to be let down.”
When things got tough, Lee was fortunate to connect with big-time music executive (Republic Records, Hollywood Records) Jason Jordan from ONErpm who believed in his music, giving him new hope and confidence. The local musician signed with the company in New York and is excited to enter this new phase of his career.
He says: “Musicians have to deal with a lot of complicated and difficult situations when all they want to do is make music that uplifts people.”
“I hope this song will inspire a message of hope to whoever is going through a rough time,” says Lee.
Find out more about Gino on his website here…
Header image courtesy of Corban Lundborg and in article image by Justin Munitz.