Gina Mendello

Born in Los Angeles, California and coming from of long line of entertainers, Gina grew up with and participated in music and the arts from a very young age, learning piano, guitar, oboe and saxophone, and participating in award winning high school drama departments in North Hollywood and Beverly Hills. When assessing her interests and talents she figured that being a film director would take it all in and was accepted to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Film and Television department and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She circled back to Hollywood and worked with director renown Martin Brest at Paramount Pictures, and then moved to the Creative Group within the studio working on the development of projects from conception to completion.

After a visit to Australia in the late 80s, she fell in love with the country and its people and migrated to Sydney where she spent two years working on feature films and then transitioned to Music when offered a position at Sony Music Entertainment in the International Artists Marketing department. Music and marketing lit a fire of excitement in Gina and she proceeded to dive head on into the marketing and promotion of some of the biggest albums released in the 90s including direct relationships with artist such as Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis and a long list of others. When promoted to the position of product manager for Country, Jazz and Children’s music, Gina was instrumental in the career development American performer LeAnn Rimes of Australian artists Troy Cassar-Daley, and Beccy Cole.

While at Sony she met and became friends with Tommy Emmanuel who was signed to the label. Once Sony downsized and Gina moved first to a consulting position with Polygram and then back to Nashville, Tennessee to continue working in music, she reconnected with Tommy through a series of fortuitous coincidences and began managing him in 2000.

While Tommy has already achieved legend status in Australia, he had not fully developed his career in the rest of the world and Gina took this task on with a vengeance establishing his Agency relationships with Paradigm, Asgard and Kurland Agencies, and his record company relationships with Sony Music Australia, Favored Nations Acoustic, and Mesa Blue Moon. The creation of a US public television special CENTER STAGE and it’s adoption as a pledge program catapulted Emmanuel into the limelight garnering broadcasts all over the United States and the world. From the two of them in a Honda Civic driving the highways of America, to the great concert halls of the world they had an incredible journey together and a deep, abiding and enduring friendship that knows no end.

When Emmanuel needed to transition to a larger corporate structure, Gina refocused and selected her current roster of talent that require her focus and diligence. Knowing the excitement and accomplishment of making things happen, she looks forward to seeing her acts reach new heights in the progress of their careers.

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