Texas musicians Nina and Phanie Diaz and Jenn Alva formed the group Girl in a Coma after Nina surprised her bandmates with an impromptu demonstration of a song she'd penned at the tender age of twelve. A powerhouse singer who's been compared to the likes of the late, great Patsy Cline, Nina handles lead vocals and guitarist duties for the trio. With sister Phanie on drums and friend Jenn on bass, the threesome has built a loyal and enthusiastic following in their home state and beyond.
While Jenn sticks to the bass, Nina says she's branching out, adding keyboards, bass and drums to her own musical capabilities. As the youngest member of the group, Nina is enjoying her first band experience as a member of Girl in a Coma. "Jenn and Phanie have been in other bands," she explains. "They went through a series of lineup changes before I came along."
The Diaz sisters come by their musical talent naturally, thanks to their mom who "loves to sing," says Nina, adding "my grandfather played guitar and drums in Tejano bands before I was born." Seems only natural that the group has caught the attention of music industry pros such as guitarist Boz Boorer, who supervised the London recording of their first demo when Nina was just sixteen.
The band's big break came in 2006 when they were spotted by a couple of producers visiting Texas in search of bands to appear in a television documentary series on Latino groups. While on a junket after filming the pilot episode, Girl in a Coma was introduced to legendary rocker Joan Jett, who became an immediate fan and extended the trio an invitation to record on her Blackheart Records label. The band's debut album Both Before I'm Gone packed a full range of Girl in a Coma songs, making it an instant hit with fans when it hit store shelves in 2007.
As for their attraction to Luna Guitars, Nina says, "I really like the dreamy styles the guitars have and all the detail that goes into them. My 12-string expands my creativity in writing new songs. And both Jenn and I love the feel of the instruments. Jenn also loves the colors to choose from and the sound of her bass." Girl in a Coma fans approve of the Lunas, too, says Nina. "They were really impressed by the craft that went into the guitars and the sound from the 12-string and from Jenn's bass -- the whole uniqueness of the guitars."
More, much more is in the cards for Girl in a Coma. Tour dates, the latest news, and lots more music from this hot Texas trio can be found at thier website.
Luna is pleased to call Girl in a Coma a Luna Artist.
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