Vocalist | Vocal Coach
Gemma Sugrue is a well known Cork based vocalist, vocal coach and is the co- founder and director of vocal tuition centre, Voiceworks Studio. Gemma is a popular backing vocalist and has performed with Irish artists including Brian Deady, Camille O’Sullivan, John Spillane, Jack O’Rourke, The Paul Dunlea Big Band amongst others and has supported acts including Chic, Billy Ocean, Jerry Fish and Lee Fields. Gemma is a featured guest vocalist with RTE National Concert Orchestra and The Hot House Big Band amongst others and has performed in many of the major Irish venues and festivals in Ireland including The 3 Arena and Electric Picnic. She has toured Australia, The Caribbean, Europe and the UK as the soprano soloist with various irish dance productions. She has performed live on programmes including Audio Sunshine and Arena on RTE Radio 1 plus live sessions on Today FM, Newstalk, Cork’s 96fm and Redfm and has appeared on The Late Late Show and Ireland Am.
Gemma is a popular session singer and works regularly for Red Door Productions; her work includes this year’s Home Focus T.V ad and she has provided backing vocals for many albums including Brian Deady’s Non-Fiction. Gemma performs in many guises for weddings and functions around Ireland be it an operatic singing chef or soulful soprano in the church; she has also played a principal role in the Cork Opera House Panto. Vocal coaching and mentoring are a huge part of Gemma’s life. She is honoured to be the only irish representative of ViP (Vocology in Practice).
Gemma is also a choir leader, and conducts the Sing Out Loud, 300 strong children’s choir at Cork Opera House, Summer Sing 2016, Kerry School Choir Showcase 2015 and 2016 and more! Gemma is a classically trained soprano having received Bmus and MA in classical vocal performance from CIT Cork School of Music.
However Gemma has dedicated the last 5 years to researching techniques and methods for teaching and performing contemporary music and has studied the science of how we produce and manipulate sound with our voices. She recently completed her level 8 teaching Diploma with RSL (Rockschool) and Line Hilton’s B.A.S.T course (be a singing teacher).