Giovanni Pierre-Louis, known professionally as Gio, along with several of his Haitian compatriots, are doing well with life. Gio was born in Brooklyn to an Italian woman who couldn’t kiss her biracial children and a Haitian drug lord father who was exiled at the age of 2. After being kicked out of school for behavioral epidemics, Gio was sent to Haiti to live with his father. In Haiti, he learned to appreciate the little things in life and discovered his love for music.
Gio has been involved with music as long as she can remember.His early musical abilities are not surprising given the musical background of his family.his father was a producer and sound engineer, and his uncle played guitar / bass and piano in the group Kompa ZORO. Gio’s musical development is influenced by the music of Haiti, which is a combination of European music derived primarily from French and Spanish influences from Cuba and the Dominican Republic border, as well as African migration through slavery.
But in 2010, following devastating earthquakes in his home country of Haiti, Gio inherited a music studio his family had run for years. He discovered a new passion for life! He found a new love for music. Gio continued his education at Stonybrook University with a degree in premedication and respiratory therapy, and began writing and producing his own music. Gio knows that with God at his side, everything is possible for him to achieve his goals and make his dreams come true. “I had a difficult childhood,” he says. “I get a lot of emotions and ideas from my journey, and I want my audience to connect with this experience, I’m going to the extreme!”
Gio wants her music to be heard around the world to promote Haiti and to also continue her sister Cassandra’s creative musical legacy. Gio’s music’s universal edge bridges many gaps. It ranges from Neo-Soul, to Jazz, to R&B and Hip-Hop – but there’s no limit to the sounds Gio is bringing forth as she draws inspiration from her life’s lessons and blessings.