About Gemma

Gemma is an experienced and extremely versatile studio singer. Gemma holds a 1st class honours MA and BMus in classical vocal performance but has gone on to specialise as a contemporary vocalist and vocal coach. Her background as both a classical and contemporary vocalist and coach make Gemma a very well trained and technical singer with a deep understanding and control of her instrument which allows her the freedom to respond expressively and stylistically in the studio to almost any genre of music.

Gemma can provide backing vocal arrangements but also works well with notated parts, demo recordings or on the spot direction from producers, music directors or songwriters.

Check out some of the clips from Gemma’s live performances as lead and backing vocalist:

Clap Both My Hands with the Brian Deady band on The Late Late Show

Wake Up with Camille O’Sullivan and the Paul Dunlea Big Band at the Cork Opera House

Am I Blue with The Sam Barker Trio

Everybody’s Free with Jenny Greene and the RTE Concert Orchestra


Backing vocals provided for album Non-Fiction, Brian Deady

Backing vocals provided for album Dream Catcher, Jack O’Rourke

Backing vocals provided for album So Long Gone, Loughy

Backing vocals provided for album No Time Like the Present, Mike O Donovan

Lead vocals provided for By My Side by George Micansky/Ken Hayes

Vocals provided for TV Advert 2016 for Hickey’s Home Focus



“Gemma Sugrue is a singer’s singer. Her voice takes me away. Gemma’s tone is exquisite – full bodied, capable of great emotion and also great restraint, her use of dynamics and her incredible versatility – soulful, raw, tender, whether singing rhythm and blues, folk and roots music, opera and even rock are all incredible strengths. You suggest a style and she’s there like a Valkyrie of singing.. However, it’s Gemma’s unique ability to simply serve the song that captures my heart. When singing on my music, she wraps her voice around mine like all the great singers – Aretha, Emmylou, Billie Holiday with fire and passion and love. She’s is in the moment. Gemma is a beautiful and real and authentic voice.”

Jack O’Rourke (Singer/Songwriter)

“Gemma has worked with me in many different scenarios over the years and I’ve found her stellar in all of them – super professional and great fun. She’s is a wealth of knowledge as a vocal coach and I have called on her advice many times.”

Brian Deady (Singer/Songwriter)

“I’ve co hosted many wonderful events with Gemma over the last few years, including our annual Summer Jam in Fitzgerald’s park, and our weekly Summer Breeze sessions in that venue too. Gemma has sang at loads of my other shows aswell and she has appeared on my radio show a number of times too! She is my favourite singer plus a great friend and a total professional to work with, so I can recommend her 100%”

Stevie G (RedFM)