There’s no question that millennial grassers have a plethora of incredible talent in the genre to model their skills and talents after in the industry today. One name that has remained at the top of that list for many years and shows no sign of slowing down is the unparalleled banjo starlet and sweet songstress, Gena Britt. There are few in the business today that can come close to matching Gena’s stout banjo drive or the tender tones in her vocal. Britt is also a sought after fill in bass player on the circuit. Whether on bass or banjo, she is depended on as a call one can make to take the stage with their band and fit like a glove with any style, set list or performance. She is a true professional.
Gena Britt grew up in a small town in North Carolina where she fell in love with the sounds of bluegrass music at a very early age, straight from the dance halls. She is well known for her dynamic and powerful banjo playing, solid acoustic bass playing and heartfelt vocals with spot on harmonies and vocal phrasing. Gena has one of the most respected resumes in the business as a prior member of four critically acclaimed bands including Petticoat Junction, New Vintage, Lou Reid & Carolina and Alan Bibey & Grasstowne. She also did a four year stint with her own band, The Gena Britt Band.
As a graduating member of Leadership Bluegrass, Class of 2003, Britt went on to become a founding member of The Daughters of Bluegrass and was a featured artist on all of their recording projects to date. Gena is the proud recipient of seven IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) awards including Recorded Event of The Year in 2001 for her work on Follow Me Back To the Fold, by Mark Newton; Recorded Event of the Year in 2006 for Back to the Well by the Daughters of Bluegrass; Album of the Year in 2006 for her contribution to A Celebration of Life for Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, 3 Vocal Group of the Year Awards as a member of Sister Sadie in 2019, 2020 & 2021 and the coveted Entertainer of the Year Award in 2020 as a member of Sister Sadie. Other notable IBMA nominations were for Recorded Event of the Year for the Daughters of American Bluegrass in 2005; Emerging Artist of the Year as a member of Sister Sadie in 2017 & 2018, and Banjo Player of the Year in 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022. Gena is also the proud recipient of one SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music) Award & for 2022 Banjo Player of the Year. Other notable SPBGMA nominations include Banjo Player of the Year in 2021 & 2023, Female Vocalist of the Year in 2002; and Album of the Year for Back to the Well, by the Daughters of Bluegrass in 2007.
Gena has graced the cover of Bluegrass Now magazine and Banjo Newsletter, as well as Bluegrass Unlimited and Americana Rhythm Magazine with current bandmates from Sister Sadie.
A sought after studio musician and vocalist, with many recordings to date, Gena released a solo project in 2008, entitled “Doing All I Can” that can be found on CD Baby, Itunes, and other popular online distributors. Britt recorded an album that was released in the summer of 2019 entitled "Chronicle:Friends & Music" on Pinecastle Records that featured 21 of her collaborators & friends in the music business. She had one #1 song from this album called "Get Up In Jesus Name" & charted heavily throughout 2019 & 2020. In 2022, Gena partnered with Melton & Miller Music for a single release of "A Little Bit of You" that climbed up the charts to #4.
Gena currently tours with Mountain Home recording artists, Sister Sadie, a band she is a founding partner of, forming what is hailed as the premiere female supergroup in the industry today. Other members include co-founding partner Deanie Richardson, Jaelee Roberts, Dani Flowers & Maddie Dalton.
Sister Sadie was nominated for a GRAMMY for their second studio release “II” on Pinecastle Records and were also featured in the "American Currents" exhibit in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2021. The group has also appeared on the Grand Ole Opry numerous times over the last several years.
Gena makes her home in eastern North Carolina with her two beautiful daughters, Jalyn and Dalsyn. She enjoys spending time with her daughters and family when she isn’t touring.
Gena Britt is endorsed by Wilson Custom Banjos, Hatfield Banjos, Blue Chip Picks, GHS Strings, Paige Capos, Peterson Tuners, Fishman Pick-Ups, Shure microphones, Dr. Arm Banjo Armrests by BANJOLIT and Harrison Straps.
For more information on Sister Sadie, please visit their website at: www.sistersadieband.com