Official Biography (courtesy of Gianna)
To say that music runs through the blood of Gianna Welling is an unerstatement. The daughter of a professional musician in Tulsa,Oklahoma, Gianna has always had music pumping through her veins. Gianna was raised on the sweet and smooth sounds of Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and Roberta Flack. This girl has soul in her soul!
It's been succes from the start. The first time Gianna was on stage at age six she WON! A star was born and her desire to perform led her to theatre in Tulsa. She began taking voice lessons and grooming for a career on Broadway. After years of working in musical theater, Gianna's direction began to shift. Rediscovering her passion for the music of her childhood, a new dream of becoming a recording artist was about to become a reality.
Educated at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, Gianna quickly became a hot item as a session singer for some of the top recording artists and producers. After spending time in Nashville, Gianna had the opportunity to move to Houston, TX to begin working as a session and jingle singer. The change of venue did not slow her from chasing her dream. The stage continued to call her name. She quickly became one of the most recognized and sought after Jazz /Soul/R&B vocalists in the Houston area. The Houston Chronicle described Gianna as having "the look of a star in the making". High praise indeed.
In 2007, Gianna was turned on to the sound of brothers Kendall and Kelvis Duffie, the Soul/R&B duo Kloud 9. Their music and Kendall's stellar credentials and track record as a producer paralleled with Gianna's musical aspirations. Immediately a meeting was scheduled for Kendall and Gianna to meet in his Nashville studio. This was a meeting that proved to be a musical match made in heaven. Ideas started flying, and this fateful meeting began the collaboration of Gianna's first full record, Something True, (Expansion Records) co written and produced by Kendall Duffie.