Virginia Claire “Gin” Wigmore (born 6 June 1986) is a New Zealand singer-songwriter. Featuring on the Smashproof single “Brother” in 2009, Wigmore went on to release her debut album Holy Smoke, in 2009, and her second, Gravel & Wine, in 2011. Her third album, Blood to Bone, was released on June 26, 2015. She is known for her high and raspy voice.
Inspired by David Gray’s album White Ladder, Wigmore wrote her first song, “Angelfire”, at the age of 14. Two years later her father died of cancer and Wigmore stopped writing and playing music. She went to Argentina on an exchange program to teach at a kindergarten. On her return to New Zealand, she wrote “Hallelujah”, a tribute to her father.
Her sister entered the song in the US-based International Songwriting Competition in 2004, and Wigmore beat 11,000 songwriting aspirants from 77 countries to become the youngest and only unsigned Grand Prize winner in the history of the competition. She also won the Teen category with “Angelfire”.