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Wamesit Lanes Person Of The Week: Geena Duffy

Nov 23, 2015 08:21AM ● By Bill Gilman

Person of the Week Geena Duffy (center), poses with Ginny Sites (right) and Debra Lang, food services managers for Wamesit Lanes Family Entertainment Center.

(Editor's note: Each week, Your Tewksbury Today will spotlight a Tewksbury resident worthy of recognition with the Wamesit Lanes Person of The Week.)

If shows such as "The Voice" and "American Idol" have taught us anything, it's that there are many talented, young performers in the world who labor in anonymity while waiting to be discovered.
Geena Duffy isn't waiting around.
The 17-year-old Shawsheen Tech senior is utilizing the power of social media to make a name for herself as a singer/songwriter.
In addition to an active YouTube page featuring original music and covers (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC29atVuR6jgEdWr0NxdwVaA), Geena also recently was approved for membership into Social Jam, an online network dedicated to promoting young talent through cross promotion and the power of social media. The group also puts together live performances, including the Boston Fall Jingle Jam, which took place Nov. 21 at the Teachers' Union Hall in Boston. The event featured nearly two dozen performers, including Geena.
Geena has had limited musical training (Shawsheen Tech doesn't have a music program of any kind), so she has largely been self-taught. She began playing drums, which led to vocals in the Rap and Hip-Hop genres. But recently, she said, she has drifted more into Pop.
"I definitely think my music has grown a lot," she said. "I think my songwriting is the strongest part of my music."
Geena said she draws quite a bit from her own life and emotions when she writes her music but tries to make the songs relatable for other people.
Geena's hard work at marketing her talent has had its rewards. In February, MTV named her one of their Young Artists To Watch.
Though she is training in drafting at Shawsheen Tech, Geena wants to study music in college and is looking at a few possible schools.
She lives with her parents, Carla and Marko Duffy and younger sister Marina.
For a sample of Geena's terrific abilities, scroll down and listen to her perform "One More Night."
For being the Wamesit Lanes Person of the Week, Geena receives a certificate and a $20 gift card to Wamesit Lanes Family Entertainment Center.

Do you know a Tewksbury resident who should be featured as Person of the Week? Send their name and why you think they should be honored to Editor Bill Gilman at Bill@yourtewksburytoday.com.

 

Geena Duffy -- "One More Night"

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