Gena was born a princess of the
Kalabari people. The Kalabari live on the Niger delta and are renowned
throughout West Africa for the beauty of their women.
Daughter of a UN diplomat the desire to travel is well entrenched in her
bones, even so she has a deep love for africa and returns to her
parent’s home in Ghana as often as possible. As she says, “I’m a proud
100% African woman”.
Gena began singing whilst at university,
singing in the same church that she regularly sings at today. It is here
that she found and developed her wonderful talent. She first became
noticed as a singer outside the church when celebrated jazz singer Nina
Simone suggested that she turn professional. Within a few years she was
signed to Arista Records / BMG and her single “Joy” reached No.6 in the
UK Dance Charts and No. 1 in Italy.
This opened new horizons for
Gena but instead of following the path of other celebrated dance divas
she left to find her own creative voice by returning to her gospel
roots. What has emerged is a captivating performer with a strong and
distinct style that is attracting attention everywhere.
She has a
passion for Gospel Music and is renowned for her solo acapella
performances. The range and emotional power of her voice never fails to
capture people’s feelings whether in an intimate social setting or in a
large arena. Gena is a captivating performer with a strong distinct
style. This was evident after the events of Sept 11th when, at the Royal
Albert Hall in London, Gena broke a moment’s silence with a moving
rendition of “Amazing Grace”.
Gena has performed with world
famous singers including Shirley Bassey and opera diva Jessye Norman.
She was offered the lead role of Queen Sarabi in Disney’s West End
musical, “The Lion King”. Gena also sang at Durham Cathedral in the
first performance of Vox Dei by classical composer Julian Stewart
Lindsay in the title role, supported by a large orchestra and 140
In 2005, Gena performed at many high profile private
events and very recently for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. Venues
include St James’ Palace, The Tate Modern, The Royal Opera House, The
Royal Albert Hall and New York’s Madison Square Gardens Arena.
the event “Worship His Majesty” held in New York’s Madison Square
Gardens Arena in September 2005, Gena was both presenter and performer,
helping to ensure the smooth flow of the evening’s program. Other
ministering Artistes included CeCe Winans, Alvin Slaughter, Ron Kenoly,
Terry MacAlmon, Phil Driscoll, and Vinesong. Gena was Worship Leader for
the event in 2004.
A highlight of her career as a singer was her
performance at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games. Gena’s first
album, “Voices” is a critically acclaimed acapella gospel album that
celebrates the power, joy and emotion of gospel music and she is
currently writing and recording her new album for release this year.
West is also an accomplished actress and television presenter. She is
Founder and Principal of Stage 2 Stage Performing Arts School in London,
helping children to grow in confidence by expressing themselves through
drama, dance, and singing.
Gena is regularly asked to present
programs in the UK and abroad, and was recently commended for her
excellent role as presenter of the program “Kingdom Economics” on Sky
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