New Zealander Virginia "Gin" Wigmore
first achieved success as a singer-songwriter when in 2004, she won the US-based International Songwriting Competition with her tune "Hallelujah
." In doing so, she became the youngest and only unsigned Grand Prize winner in the history of the ISC. Back in her home country, Wigmore built up a sizable fanbase based on the strength of first two long-players, 2009's Holy Smoke
and 2011's Gravel & Wine
, both of which topped the New Zealand album chart. She also featured on Smashproof's single "Brother," which spent 11 weeks at #1 on the RIANZ singles charts.