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).
“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.”
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%”
“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.”
Singer / Songwriter