Leeds based singer-songwriter Gina Atkins is set to release her first and last ever EP The Story on the 23rd October 2018, with all proceeds going to Leeds mental health charity Cloth Cat. For the last two years, vocalist Gina has been studying a degree in popular music at Leeds College of Music, yet, despite dedicating her degree to learning the ins and outs of the music industry, she has decided to devote her talents and time to community outreach programmes to help those in need through music.
Gina’s three track EP is deeply rooted in pop with jazz and soul infusions and her influences are ‘strong female characters’ including – Steffany Gretzinger, Alessia Cara and Maggie Rogers. It is inspired by the mental health journeys of others; despite Gina never having had a mental health condition herself, she relates deeply to those around her who have.
Working in community workshops enlightened Gina to the desperate need for mental health resources in the UK. This led to the decision that she would donate all earnings from the EP and the launch to Cloth Cat Leeds, an inner-city Leeds charity that ‘use music training to help local people improve the quality of their lives’. Platforms and charities like Cloth Cat are becoming more of a necessity in today’s current climate, something Gina puts down to ‘an increase in awareness and diagnosis, and more people coming to get help’.
After launching the EP and graduating from Uni, Gina will go on to study at a church-based Academy in Manchester that focuses on youth outreach music programmes, aiming to ‘give support to those who need it the most’.
The EP will be launched at LS6 Café Leeds on the 23rd October 2018, where Gina hopes to ‘encourage open conversation, gain exposure for Cloth Cat and create a lovely atmosphere where we can all come together to celebrate music’.
Gina Atkins – The Story will be on sale in the form of physical copies at the launch, or online on Apple Music and iTunes. You can find out more about Gina on Facebook @GinaAtkinsMusic and YouTube @GinaAtkins. More information on Cloth Cat can be found on Facebook @ClothCatLeeds or on their website, https://clothcatleeds.org.uk/.
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