Former Snow College Student, Indie-Folk Queen to Be

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Gemma Griffiths is a singer/songwriter from Zimbabwe who previously came to Snow College to study Commercial Music Composition. Photo courtesy of Gemma Griffiths

Gemma Griffiths is a singer/songwriter from Zimbabwe who previously came to Snow College to study Commercial Music Composition. Photo courtesy of Gemma Griffiths

Cape Town, Africa born and Harare, Zimbabwe raised, indie-folk musician Gemma Griffiths decided to further her musical passion by studying Commercial Music Composition at Snow College.

Griffiths says she’s had a personal love and passion for music for as long as she can remember. She recalls, “My mom always tells me a story of when she was six months pregnant with me, and she took me to a concert. While I was in her tummy, I started dancing around.”

Griffiths continues, “Before the concert, my mom was a little worried that I might not like the music at the concert. But by my movements, she could tell that I really did like it. With awareness of my overwhelming love for music now, I now know that I was definitely dancing.”

The indie-folk singer writes all of her own songs. She also plays the piano, trumpet and guitar on many of her tracks.

Relating indie-folk music to a Zimbabwean audience has been difficult for Griffiths. She voices, “It hasn’t been easy to bring the sound of my music home. I would like it one day if Zimbabwe would be able to appreciate indie music a little more. It’s a foreign language, but it’s definitely relatable.”

To further implement indie music within her culture, Griffiths has been digging her proverbial Southern Indie roots in a little deeper.

Griffiths’ musical achievements within her culture include winning the National Eisteddfod Vocal Cup in Zimbabwe, performing at Harare International Festival of Arts and Miombo Magic, and playing on the Main Stage of ZimFest London 2015.

Griffiths has filmed two music videos, as well as a selection of recording session videos and covers. Listen to her latest creations or just a few bars of what’s on her mind by visiting her website, gemmazim.com or by visiting her YouTube channel, Gemma Griffiths.

Alyssa Brunson is from Altamont, Utah. She was a member of the yearbook staff at her high school for four years. As a freshman, her hobbies include reading and boating. Her plans for after Snow College include transferring to Southern Utah University as a marketing major.

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