When it comes to the history of UK Dance Music, the name ‘Gemma Fox’ is practically part of its raw complex DNA. Closely entwined with the rich history of this iconic sound, Gemma has been an influential trailblazer, a decorated songwriter, hailed as the first female vocalist of a genre (bassline) and a regularly featured on many radio station playlists throughout the last two decades.
It was in 2001 when Gemma’s career took to a supersonic path to success as she joined Middle Row Records and released ‘So Messy’ to the masses. After being invited to open BBC 1XTRA and being the first ever track to be played on the new station, with a exclusive track called "xtra dangerous", shortly after "So Messy" was quickly picked up by BBC 1Xtra, stamping it as a huge hit which went on to sell thousands of units, catapulting her into the mainstream and planting her victory flag firmly on the block where it remains flying proud to this day.
In 2002, Gemma signed to the legendary Polydor Records and secured a publishing deal with Zomba/Jive, she then embarked on the journey of putting pen to paper for her debut and much anticipated album. The album, entitled ‘Messy’, featured collaborations with artists such as J2K, Rodney P, Jim Jones, MC Lyte and Juelz Santana. Gemma travelled the globe during this time working with amazing talent, honing her sound and sculpting the album to ensure it was the perfect reflection of the message she wanting to broadcast. She recorded with The Hood Rats, Chucky Thompson, Jonny Douglas, Midi Mafia, Stargate, Punch, and many more, working tirelessly to create the sound she strived for.
“Girlfriend’s Story” featuring MC Lyte was the pivotal point, the first single release in the UK and one that quickly featured on the playlists of Kiss FM, Choice FM, BBC 1Xtra, Galaxy FM, MTV and many other iconic broadcast channels. With the track’s inspiration heavily immersed in the story of domestic violence, Gemma proudly accepted the position as patron of Woman’s Aid in a bid to spread awareness. The track entered the official charts at 36.
The album went on to receive huge acclaim and was awarded multiple 5 star reviews from the likes of Hip Hop Connection, DJ, Touch and RWD. Gemma was ranked number 10 in the BBC Chart “Who to Watch”, she performed on MTV’s “Brand Spanking New” alongside J2K and Rodney P, Popworld and BBC 1Xtra Live at Maida Vale.
The years that followed saw Gemma busy with worldwide tours, a performance in Ibiza for Puff Daddy’s party, jetting out to Greece with Rodney P and DJ Samari, Denmark, Ireland and all while the album continue to sell well and receive support from some of the industry’s finest. She featured on FHM’s charity single with fellow artists Liberty X, Atomic Kitten, Naomi Campbell, Jodie Marsh and Sophie Anderton. Gemma headed back into the studio to work with a whole host of talented UK producers, kicking out hit after hit that went on to see her nominated for a MOBO in 2004 and winning Best R&B Act at the 2005 UMA Awards and Best Female Act at the Y2K Awards in the same year.
Building on her successes, Gemma set up Fox Ents Records and released her first independent single, the massive club anthem “Might Be” which was produced by the incredible Dexplicit. This track received huge support, hit BBC 1xtra’s playlist and topped their chart for over 12 weeks. Signing Might be to Gut records and multiple compilations such as Ministry of Sound. Soon after the original mix of Boxers produced by Deliquents was released and also became another bassline anthem. Once again signing to many compilations such as with Ministry of Sound, “The Sound of Bassline”, “The Sound of Pirates”, “Pure Bassline: Mixed by DJ EZ”.
Currently signed to BMG Rights Publishing , Supreme Songs Publishing and Sony Neighbouring rights. With a total of 12,500 million streams, 2.48millions views on tik tok, numerous releases and 3 Brit certified plaques, two gold and one silver 2021 was a great way to re-enter the music industry. With new releases such as the Boxers remix by Shuan Dean on New State Records, Time by Corrupt on Wired Audio Girlfriend remix by Corrupt on Wired audio, Veins produced by Shapes on Circus records in the states, Awake on Happy Records Gemma stepped back into position. Might be, Boxers and Awake have seen playlist adds on multiple channels, Apple music playlist and Kiss FM Dance. Gemma Recently signed to BMG Rights publishing and Supreme Songs Publishing in 2022. Gemma's recent release with Hans Glader is introducing her sound stateside and charted at number 1 in the Beat port chart.
Other than music
Alongside being back at full throttle producing new music, Gemma’s been paying it forward and providing education, training and employment for over 15 years within London and supported over 100,000 people aged 16 plus. Parelle to this, providing funding via Camden Giving and mentoring the next generation of female UK artists and working within the industry with top tier professionals and placing young professionals into the music and creative industry via her community interest company Young Creative Careers. Gemma via her previous initiative has provided safe homes for victims of knife crime, counselling, careers events, and sports. Gemma Is also a member of CM Sounds which provides music degrees to people within London. Gemma is a funding decision maker on this years 2022 - 2023 Camden Giving panel.