|Birth name||Virginia „Gini“ Ernst|
January 14, 1991|
|Genres||pop, pop rock, country|
Virginia Ernst is an Austrian singer, songwriter and ice hockey player.
Virginia was born in Vienna, Austria, in January 1991; she has four older siblings. Her father Michael is also a musician and has worked together with Chris Thompson and Alan Parsons on the album "Excalibur". Her mother Andreja is also an artist and has her own gallery in Vienna. Virginia has always been boyish and knows that when people see her for the first time, they often aren’t sure if she’s a boy or a girl. But she doesn’t care.
By the age of nine Virginia started playing ice hockey and in the following years she even became an Austrian national team player, playing her first world championship tournament at the age of 16 in North Korea. One year later, she won her first gold medal from the world championship in Finland in the first division. All together, she took part in five world championships and one Olympic qualification tournament.
After spending three years in Sweden playing professional ice hockey and finishing school, Virginia came back to Vienna in late-2011. At that time, she got her first guitar, taught herself how to play via YouTube and started putting her emotions into music. Virginia attended a singer/songwriter workshop in England, won it, and produced her first song with Martin Smith (ELO).
Back in Vienna, Virginia started working with Echopilot (Martin Kromar and Florian Cojocaru). They produced not only her first two singles “I Wish” and “Let It Shine”, but also her latest hit “Rockin’”.
The music video to “Rockin’” is already being played in Austria, Germany and Switzerland (MTV, VIVA and GoTV) and the song charted at #37 at the Ö3 Charts in June. It has been among the top 5 for more than seven weeks so far! Her next single will be released in late October 2014, followed by her first album this winter.