There’s no question that millennial grassers have a plethora of incredible talent in the genre to model their skills and talents after in the industry today. One name that has remained at the top of that list for years and shows no sign of slowing down is the unparalleled banjo starlet and sweet songstress, Gena Britt. There are few in the business today that can come close to matching Gena’s stout banjo drive or the tender tones in her vocal. Britt is also a sought after fill in bass player on the circuit. Whether on bass or banjo, she is depended on as a call one can make to take the stage with their band and fit like a glove with any style, set list or performance. She is a true professional.
Gena Britt grew up in a small town in North Carolina where she fell in love with the sounds of bluegrass music at a very early age, straight from the dance halls. She is well known for her dynamic and powerful banjo playing, solid acoustic bass playing and heartfelt vocals with spot on harmonies and vocal phrasing. Gena has one of the most respected resumes in the business as a prior member of four critically acclaimed bands including Petticoat Junction, New Vintage, Lou Reid & Carolina and Alan Bibey & Grasstowne. She also did a four year stint with her own band, The Gena Britt Band.
As a graduating member of the Leadership Bluegrass, Class of 2003, Britt went on to become a founding partner of The Daughters of Bluegrass being a featured artist on all of their recording projects to date. Gena is the proud recipient of three IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) awards including Recorded Event of The Year in 2001, for her work on Follow Me Back To the Fold, by Mark Newton; Recorded Event of the Year in 2006 for Back to the Well by the Daughters of Bluegrass; and Album of the Year in 2006 for her contribution to Celebration of Life for Musicians Against Childhood Cancer. Other notable nominations are two from SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music), that include Female Vocalist of the Year in 2002; and Album of the Year for Back to the Well, by the Daughters of Bluegrass in 2007; and IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) nominations in 2005 for Recorded Event of the Year for the Daughters of American Bluegrass; and in 2017 and 2018 for Emerging Artist of the Year with Sister Sadie. Gena has graced the cover of Bluegrass Now magazine and Banjo Newsletter, as well as Bluegrass Unlimited and Americana Rhythm Magazine with current bandmates from Sister Sadie.
A sought after studio musician and vocalist, with many recordings to date, Gena also released a solo project in 2008, entitled “Doing All I Can” that can be found on CD Baby, Itunes, and other popular online distributors. Britt is excited to be back in the studio with Pinecastle Records now, recording her forthcoming solo project and her debut for them, due out in the Spring of 2019.
Gena currently tours with Pinecastle Recording artists, Sister Sadie, a band she co-founded with four other members, forming what is hailed as the female supergroup in the industry today. Other founding members include Dale Ann Bradley, Deanie Richardson, Tina Adair and Beth Lawrence. The group was recently nominated for a GRAMMY for their second studio release “II” on Pinecastle Records, and made their way out to California to take in all the celebrity festivities and fun. While they did not bring home the trophy this time, we have no doubt that this is just the beginning of their journey to many marches to the podium and acceptance speech deliveries.
Gena Britt is proud to be joining friend and fellow musician Alecia Nugent on tour in 2019 following her successful return to the spotlight at IBMA in Raleigh, NC this past October 2018. The ladies have played music together quite a bit in the past and both look forward to the alliance.
Gena makes her home in Clinton, North Carolina with her two beautiful daughters, Jalyn and Dalsyn. She enjoys spending time with her daughters and family when she isn’t touring.