Gena Perala grew up as a carny kid, spending much of her childhood traveling with her family on the carnival circuit. Perhaps this explains her astute lyrical insight into human nature and the world around us. She wears her heart on her sleeve and is refreshingly herself. Her lyrics, her voice and her willingness to bare all, create an atmosphere of poignancy and revelation. She was once described as “Jewel meets Peaches”, which is a pretty good description.

Gena has published three books of poetry, “I’m a Worst Case Scenario Type of Girl”(2003), “Clean Getaway”(2005) and “Better Sorry than Safe”(2011). She has released two solo albums “This Ain’t Pretty”(2008) on rotation at CBC, and most recently, a real labor of love, “Exactly Nowhere” (2013).

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