Members: Sandra and Genia
SanGia consists of sisters Sandra and Genia Melbourne from Guelph, Ontario, Canada. At the age of 4 Sandra started singing, displaying a powerful voice that could not be overlooked. Her progress was fast and she rapidly desired to be a professional singer by the age of 8. Genia studied classical violin, also from the age of 4 to the present, and enjoys playing the guitar. SanGia's repertoire is written and produced by their father (Howard), Sandra, Genia and other collaborations such as Dan Hill, Dave Martin and John Capek.
In Oct. 1999, at the ages of 11 and 13, British-based Peace Child International selected SanGia to attend the Millennium Young People's Congress in Hawaii along with many other international delegates. During the event, televised internationally by the Millennium Television Network, the two performed their award-winning song âWhere Has It Gone?â, that was written to bring environmental issues to the conscientiousness of young people.
In 2000, SanGia became the first unsigned act to perform at the Juno Awards. This remarkable achievement coincided with SanGia receiving interest from five major labels, and making it to the semifinals for a Youth Television (YTV) Achievement Award that honours achievements and talents of young Canadians. Following this, SanGia was a finalist in the Walt Disney Millennium Dreamers Contest and was awarded a trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida along with other winners from around the world.
Working with their own indie label GMS Records Canada, SanGia are now strongly involved in writing, producing and directing their soon to be released album. As artists, they feel fulfilled when they take on issues such as the environment, FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) and self-mutilation in their songs.
As for their hobbies, they both hold a 1st degree black belt in karate, and have won many trophies at competitions.