About Virginia Traut
Virginia, born Virginia (Traut) in March 1981, became a professional, well respected singer/songwriter and musician at the very young age of 14. She continued to write songs, regardless of their exposure or lack thereof. It wasn't until she signed with the Independent Label, Gig Records, run by Jose Antao out of Point Pleasant, NJ. She had several offers from highly reputable labels, including Vir ... read more
Virginia™, the U.S. singer/songwriter, kicked off her career as a multiple award winning AMA recipient for Top Female Vocalist and Best Female Solo Performer for several consecutive years in a row. She also received nominations for Best Song of the Year with her song, 'So Sweet' which made it's debut on her second and final release with NJ/UK based indie label, Gig Records. That release, known as the Hush e.p., made Virginia the recipient of yet another nomination for Best Album of the Year at the Asbury Music Awards. She has shared the stage with world wide artists such as Tracy Chapman, Chris Connelly of Ministry, Miles Hunt and the Wonder Stuff, The Violent Femmes and the Smithereens. Virginia was born on the cusp of Aries & Pisces, just outside the Midwestern city of Chicago. In addition to her vocal and songwriting expertise, Virginia™ is also a known poet, model, photographer, lyricist and soon to be novelist. Above all her accomplishments and talents, it is fair to say that Virginia™ is most famously known for the hypnotic and haunting quality of her voice, the intensity of her sex-appeal and the authenticity of her uniquely, profound and honest writing style. The dichotomy of Virginia's Fire and Water astrological symbols are a perfect metaphor when it comes to describing her ability to cohesively adapt to such an expansive range of creative diversity and artistic direction. Virginia has rightfully found and claimed her own unique space among the millions of genres that have recently culminated from an ever-evolving mixed media ring of technology colliding and creativity dividing. Some of these genres include spoken word music, film & soundtrack, mood music, singer/songwriter, electronic blues, heart and soul, meditation, trip-hop, alternative, indie, world and vocal just to name a few. Her songs not only offer a variation in mood and vibe, but also a declaration that lyrics are more than just words to be memorized. “Lyrics are poetic by nature and ought to be listened to with the same focus and appreciation as one puts into deconstructing beats, rhythms, melodies and bass lines.” Virginia's natural ethereal quality, acoustic-based songwriting and hypnotically haunting voice are just a few charismatic attributes that create such an attractive, artistic allure.
About Virginia Traut
Virginia, born Virginia (Traut) in March 1981, became a professional, well respected singer/songwriter and musician at the very young age of 14. She continued to write songs, regardless of their exposure or lack thereof. It wasn't until she signed with the Independent Label, Gig Records, run by Jose Antao out of Point Pleasant, NJ. She had several offers from highly reputable labels, including Virgin Records and Atlantic Records. However, maintaining her authenticity was more important than maintaining a "radio-friendly" reputation. As a result, Virginia signed with the small indie label, who promised to allow her complete, creative freedom and released 2 albums shortly after. She then contributed her version of the infamous ballad, Emotion in Motion by Ric Ocasek, for a various artist compilation, entitled Just What We Needed, Another Tribute to the Cars, on Main Man Records, then her 3rd and 4th album, a double album titled Hush Underground, her 5th album, Decoding Maize Minor and her 6th album, Upsound From the Underground, which was a compilation that showcased at least one song from each of her prior releases.
Virginia kicked off her career winning Top Female Vocalist and Best Female Solo Performer for three years in a row at the Asbury Music Awards, an annual award show, largely endorsed by popular artists including Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi. She also received various nominations for Best Song of the Year, Best New Album and Best New Band. She has since worked with top industry players such as Adolfo Doring, VMA winner for his Hootie & the Blowfish music video, "Let Her Cry". Just prior to Adolfo's unexpected death, Virginia was preparing the ultimate soundtrack for his "Got Stem Cells" documentary, co-produced with Michelle Cicalese and was accepted on as a featured HBO documentary exclusive. Virginia's live performances included some very impressive concerts, including her opening show for Tracy Chapman, at the Count Basie Theater, M. Doughty of Soul Coughing, sharing tours with Chris Connelly of Ministry, Miles Hunt of the Wonder Stuff and the Violent Femmes. She was both well known for her performances with a backing band and as a solo artist.
A large portion of her 1st and 2nd albums, originally released with Gig Records, were featured in the independent film, Never Among Friends, directed and produced by Jason Allentoff. Featured songs appeared on her debut album, Sweet Conscience and her follow up (expired link)., entitled Hush.
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