Born Gianna Richelle Salvato, the fiery redhead now known as Gigi Rich, grew up in New Jersey. She wrote her first song at age 13, which went to the top of the Songwriter’s Circle charts and stayed there for several months. Building on this success, she began performing all around NYC and won Amateur Night at The Apollo Theater. She was also selected to participate in the BMI-sponsored professional songwriters workshop. As a true testament of her ambition, Gigi graduated high school at age 16, has attended night classes at Juilliard, and is taking online courses at Berklee College of Music, all while maintaining a busy writing, recording and performance schedule.
While her lyrics are influenced through personal experiences, her music style is influenced by iconic artists such as James Brown, Amy Winehouse, Frank Sinatra and Alicia Keys.
She is currently nearing completion of her next EP which she is “super excited” about. Gigi goes on to explain “Its been a time of tremendous growth for me. Over the past couple of years I’ve been discovering myself in my music. Writing is cathartic for me - and essential in processing the experiences I encounter in life.”