The word Gemtarra is derived from two Italian words: gemelli which means twins and chitarra which means guitar.
From Philadelphia Gemtarra is a female oriented alternative rock/pop band with a groove. The band features the songwriting/guitar playing of twin sister’s Gina and Tina. Bryan Feddish on bass, Sunny Dee on drums, Tawana Simons percussion.
Gina and Tina formed the band originally named Prima Donna.
While working with another artist from the Philadelphia area in 2014 the twins met drummer Sunny Dee and percussionist Tawana Simons. The four recognized they had an immediate chemistry together. So, in early 2015 Sunny and Tawana joined the band. Bryan who had played in an earlier version of the band rejoined shortly after.
The band’s first full length CD under the Prima Donna name, "Not Having Fun” has received rave reviews and has been played by over 200 college radio stations across the country charting in the top 10 on many including, WIIT, (Chicago, IL), and KAOS, (Olympia, WA). It also received internet radio airplay and commercial radio airplay on WSTW in Delaware. “This authoritative trio made up of young women has their act together. You will hear a CD chock full of great guitar licks with hooks galore filling in every track” Keith “Muzikman” Hannaleck, musicdish.com. “Restored” was the second release from the band in 2011 which also received rave reviews: “Reminiscent of some of the greatest rocker chicks out there, Prima Donna stands strong on their own with sensational sound and a genuine mix of playful/heartfelt lyrics.”- MusicPerk Team, MusicPerk.com. “A moving an elegiac artistic statement from start to finish.”- Michael Rand, Rocknrollview.com. “Prima Donna will restore your faith in music again. Their latest CD “Restored” delivers a highly passionate 10 track catalog via top flight musicianship, amazing songwriting and music that covers all the bases.”-Michael Keith, IndependentMusicPromotions.com.
Gemtarra continues to develop a reputation as an outstanding live act. Playing many notable venues including: The World Cafe Live, Puck, The Queen, Bottle & Cork and many others. The band has also performed at the International Pop Overthrow Festivals in Philadelphia and New York and the Dewey Beach Music Festival in Delaware. The band is releasing it's first EP as Gemtarra in the spring of 2018.