Long Island, New York-based actress, singer-songwriter, and influencer Gina Naomi Baez recently introduced her single, “Piñata,” a track from her forthcoming EP, Ginita, slated to release this summer.
After going through a second cancer diagnosis this past year, her upcoming EP, Ginita, echoes a dream-like atmosphere of strength and vulnerability.
As an actress, Baez has appeared in Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It, Orange Is the New Black, and CBS’s FBI, along with numerous Off-Broadway and regional theatrical productions. Her “Truth Hurts x Hocus Pocus” music video went viral after Lizzo reposted it, along with Bette Midler. Baez’s YouTube channel has been featured in PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly, Access Hollywood, The Huffington Post, MTV, Perez Hilton, FOX, E! ONLINE, Ryan Seacrest, Yahoo News!, and Stylist.
Baez’s creativity finds expression through her innovative sound, amalgamating flavors of pop, country, and folk into music conjuring up suggestions of Sia melded with Taylor Swift.
“Piñata” opens on low-slung, emerging tones flowing into a measured rhythm topped by Baez’s evocative voice, shining with delicate tonal nuances. A sparkling piano pushes the song forward on rippling colors while glowing harmonies imbue the tune with radiant depth and dimension.
Baez’s vocals, at once indulgent and cashmere, infuse the lyrics with delicious wistful timbres as the intertwining leitmotifs form sumptuous layers.
“Never felt so amateur winning an honor / Never felt so ashamed receiving an offer / Put my trust in your hands / Had my heart on a string / I was left unaware / When you hung it all from the ceiling/ Dangling by a string / Poor piñata / Spin around / Take a swing / You’re unbothered / This was supposed to be my party / Now I’m bleeding crimson colored confetti / Poor piñata.”
Simultaneously poignant and memorable, “Piñata” trembles with the emotional susceptibility of the haunting, allusive voice of Gina Naomi Baez.