GINA COLEMAN: LEAD VOCALIST, CIGAR BOX GUITAR, PERCUSSIONIST
Gina is a graduate of Williams College. She began singing in 1990 on a dare by her co-workers and hasn’t turned back since. She began performing in a duet, The Siblings. Gina shortly started her own duet, Cole-Connection, which blossomed to a five-piece band that allowed her to showcase some of her original music. Gina has performed in the Williamstown Theater Festival as the lead gospel singer in “A Raisin in the Sun.” She also made several appearances at NYC’s famed Bitter End. Gina has been nominated for two Independent Blues Awards for writing songs in the Best Contemporary Blues category. Gina and the band have had the pleasure of recording with Charles Neville from the legendary Neville Brothers and Joe Louis Walker. They have also opened for blues staples ... Tab Benoit, John Primer, Albert Cummings and Michael Powers. Musical influences include Koko Taylor, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Tuck & Patti.
Gina's oldest son, Diego Mongue, performs with Misty Blues regularly on bass or drums. He is also the founder of the youth blues band,Born IV Blues, and the jazz fusion group, GrossMongue.