Ginty serves up country/blues musical mix
STARK: Observer News
Beach resident and Realtor Victoria Ginty is no stranger to working
hard and wearing a lot of different hats. Successful real estate
agent, world champion quarterhorse competitor, guitarist, violinist
and Nashville country recording artist — her life reads more
like an epic novel than a real life biography.
wife and mother of two to her list of accomplishments, and you will
see that Victoria doesn’t believe in sitting still for long.
month, locals will have the singular pleasure of seeing Ginty perform
with her Ladyhawke Band in a special engagement at the Firehouse
Cultural Arts Center, on Saturday, May 9, at 7 p.m.
be rolling out our new music at this show,” said Ginty, who
will be accompanied by guitarists Ed Wright and Tim Costello, drummer
Bob Nesbit and bassist Mike Ivey.
Ladyhawke Band will perform a mix of country, blues and Americana, as
well as some of Ginty’s originals, including Water,
a beautiful bluesy tune with spiritual undertones she co-wrote with
Mike Alan Ward.
songwriting, it’s all about content,” said Ginty, who
asks music lovers to pay close attention to lyrics when they hear a
recently, the Ladyhawke Band performed in March at the 23rd annual
Manatee Festival of the Arts, delivering emotional classics like the
Fred Neil hit Everybody’s Talkin’and You
Were Never Mine by Delbert McClinton.
Ginty began her musical career at a young age, studying piano and
violin before becoming an opera major at Florida State University.
After graduating from college, she spent several years pursuing more
profitable business avenues, but she never forgot about her dreams of
a musical career. In 2000, Ginty made the decision to travel to
Nashville to pursue her musical aspirations, but she made sure to go
said, “I wrote a whole CD before I went to Nashville, and
approached it like a sales job: knocking on a lot of doors and
getting a lot of ‘nos’ before finally getting one ‘yes.’”
thick-skinned business approach paid off. She was awarded a recording
contract with BMG Critique Records and had a number one record for 13
weeks on the worldwide charts.
also received nominations for Song of the Year and Video of the Year
with the Academy of Independent Recording Artists. With songs
like She’s Waiting and Only She Can
See, Ginty toured around the country visiting radio stations
by day and performing two shows per night. “It would have been
exhausting for anyone,” she said, “but especially so for
me, as, [unbeknown to the record label] I had two young teenagers at
home who needed me.”
says her years touring with her record label was an unforgettable
experience, but “It was also stressful and demanding and full
of temptation. You’re out there meeting powerful people
offering you the world, and it’s hard to stay grounded.”
end, Ginty’s need for grounding and her commitment to her
family pulled her back to her home roots. She left the record label
(which subsequently went out of business) and returned to her home in
Florida, purchasing a horse farm in Lithia with her Realtor husband,
Mike. “We got into competitively showing Paint and
Quarterhorses, and won a world championship,” she said. She
also got her daughter Elizabeth, who had been struggling with teenage
issues, involved in horses and focused on a new path in her life.
have no regrets,” said Ginty. She said her choice of family
over the music industry was a no-brainer. She is still involved with
her family in running the Lithia horse farm, and also enjoys
sailboating from her home dock in Apollo Beach.
pride shows in her face when she talks about her now-grown daughter,
Elizabeth, a Montessori school teacher, and son, Steven, a
firefighter in St. Petersburg.
said she plans to end her performance at the Firehouse with the
song Things Left Undone by Paul Thorn. That song,
she said, has a great deal of personal significance for her.
a very spiritual song that leaves people pondering what they’ve
done and what they’ve left undone — with their family,
their friends, and their life,” she said.
of the song lyrics read:
your life is over, and you’re reaching the end,
stranger came knocking, did you let him in?
Was there food on your
table for that down and out friend?
Did you hide in the
or did you walk in the sun?
Do you regret the things
hard to imagine that with Victoria Ginty’s packed life, she has
much of anything “left undone.” You can find her on
Facebook, or on her YouTube music channel with the Ladyhawke Band
are $18 in advance, $25 day of show. For more information,
visit firehouseculturalcenter.org or