Gin Wigmore first came to prominence as the unknown 16-year-old Aucklander who won the inaugural International Song Writing Competition in 2004, triumphing over 11,000 songwriters from 77 countries. In a short time she was in Hollywood recording her debut album for Universal Motown Records assisted by respected band The Cardinals, known for their work alongside Ryan Adams.

The two acts soon developed a mutual musical respect, with Cardinals guitarist Neal Casal describing Gin as "unquestionably one of the most exciting new artists to emerge in many years. Her songwriting is at once diverse, intelligent, melodic, and soulful. Her voice is raw and emotional, with phrasing far beyond her years".

Gin and The Cardinals Powerstation 09 by Max Lemeshenko
Gin Wigmore and The Cardinals at the Powerstation in 2009. Photograph by Max Lemeshenko.