Started performing by singing at the local Fiesta in Claremont. Performed with Ronnie And The Casuals. Discovered by FZ (who she described as "a very nice man") at the Ontario Music Center. On first hearing her sing FZ told her that he "saw dollar signs". She had a brief teenage career recording and performing locally, sometimes using the name Gina Terry. Although she was not really interested in pursuing a career in the commercial music business she would continue to perform locally in non-commercial events such as with church choirs.