The X Factor : Soul Music by Geri X
Source: Vertical Tampa Bay (Winter 2013)
Story by: Tracy Ann Guida
Photography by: Sarah Kay Photography
“Simmer down now, you’re worrying yourself today. Simmer down no, you never know what you’re gonna get. Cuz you’ve been pushing for a long, long time looking for things you cannot find. Don’t give up, don’t give up, don’t fall out of love.”
One strum of her guitar, one sultry lyric sung and you become a voyeur-with a front row seat to Geri X’s world. Stories stream from her soul bringing the listener on an emotional journey. With a captivating presence and powerful sound, Geri X is a true musician-and every bit a rockstar.
Drawn from personal experiences, Geri X paints a dark background that is brought to life with moving guitar chords. In “Whiskey and Cigarettes,” she compares herself to the vices of her lover, thus paralleling love and addiction.
“I don’t want to be another tattoo you;ll regret; I don’t want to just be someone next to whom you slept; I don’t want to be a picture in your wallet you’ll forget; I want to be as gold slide, warm whiskey and your favorite pack of cigarettes.”
Classically trained in guitar, piano and voice, Geri X’s brilliant blend of jazz, blues and folk music enthralls audiences. Die-hard fans wait with bated breath for the next new thing to come from the prolific artist. Her evolution as a musician and a human being unfolds before us.
Geri is a fixture on the local music scene, playing at got spots from Tampa to St. Petersburg (when she’s not touring elsewhere in the country). She adores performing live and shows up at The Local 662, Jannus Landing, New World Brewery and her favorite, The Ale and the Witch.
When asked how she views the music scene here compared to other cities, she shares, “I always say this and in seven years it hasn’t changed. There is so much camaraderie between the musicians here and so much talent. I haven’t found that anywhere else in the country.”
Since her arrival in Tampa Bay from Bulgaria as a teen in 2005, she has made St. Petersburg her home and has grown very fond of the eclectic city. She says, “I love St. Pete. I love my family and friends who live here. And I love how the city is always awake and alive. It’s inspiring.”
The same can be said about Geri X – she is always awake and alive and one of our brightest shinning stars.
Geri is currently recording a new album at RedRoom Records in Ybor City. You can find her catalog of albums and a calendar of performance dateson her website. www.gerixmusic.com
Kiss On Both Eyelids
“Like a kiss on both eyelids you’re wonderful and safe.
Like a sailing ship in the middle of a dead calm sea you’re far away.
Like a moth to a flame I attached myself to you.
I grew a giant spider in my head and named it after you.