Vannelli learned to play the drums early in life and studied music theory at McGill University. He formed an R&B band with two brothers, but began recording solo material in 1970 for RCA. He became popular four years later when A&M released his hit single "People Gotta Move," from the Powerful People album (later retitled People Gotta Move). Many albums followed, including Storm at Sunup (1975), Gist of the Gemini (1976), A Pauper in Paradise (1977), Brother to Brother (1978), Nightwalker (1981), Black Cars (1985), Big Dreamers Never Sleep (1987), Inconsolable Man (1990), and Live in Montreal (1992).
After a lengthy absence from the recording studio, Vannelli returned in 1995 with Yonder Tree; Slow Love followed three years later. After yet another lengthy absence from the studio, Gino recorded the ambitious Canto in 2003 and 2006's These Are the Days, which featured remastered recordings of some of his best-known work alongside seven new compositions. A Good Thing, featuring a CD and accompanying book of poetry, was issued in early 2009, followed by another CD/book package, Stardust in the Sand, later that same year. After a decade-long hiatus, Vannelli returned in 2019 with Wilderness Road. ~ John Bush, Rovi