• singer | performer

    Before Gemma started her water work and teaching, she was an accomplished singer. She is most well known for her song WE RISE, the theme song of the Million Voice Choir where choirs in over 100 cities in 60 countries sang WE RISE from all over the globe on Sept 21, 2004. View the video below.

    WE RISE Million Voice Choir

  • film

    Gemma's returns to her acting roots in a new indie holiday flick, Christmas Freak. She also produced, co-composed the music, served as music producer and supervisor and sang on the soundtrack.

    "Christmas Freak"

    Gemma plays the dragon lady, morning drinking, chain smoking mother of a 43-year old manboy who celebrates Christmas everyday after his father left on Christmas Day when he was 13 years old. Mom will not be winning any "Greatest Mom" awards anytime soon.


    Check out this exclusive clip of mom "Worrying About Her Son Sean Marlow’s State of Mind' from Shockya.com

  • recordings

    A seasoned world traveler and an empathic storyteller, Gemma’s music reveals her wandering soul and roving experiences. Her sultry and velvet voice fused with her bold and adventurous spirit beckons audiences to join her on a musical journey being fearless and faithful - faithful and fearless - and everything in between. Gemma blends soul, R&B and jazz with her experience as a global humanitarian, bringing relevance and vulnerability to music that transcends melody and lyrics and inspires hope.

    Gemma has sung at clubs and festivals as a featured soloist and support vocals around the globe including House of Blues (Los Angeles), The Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center (NYC), The Village Gate (NYC), Madison Square Garden (NYC), Carnegie Hall (NYC), the United Nations (NYC) and many many more.

    Gemma has released three CDs highlighting her roots as an artist and emergence as a renaissance woman.

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    "Christmas Freak" Award-Winning Original Movie Soundtrack

    CD Produced by Gemma Bulos
    Release December 2021
    Listen on all music streaming sites

    1. Cool Christmas (studio cut)- Performed by Gemma (Written by S. Brown, G.Bulos and D.Snider)
    2. Jingle Bells (arranged by JT Roach)
    3. Rudolph the Reindeer Superhero - Performed by The New Carpenters (Written by S. Brown, G.Bulos)
    4. Misfit In - Performed by Gemma (Written by S. Brown, G.Bulos)
    5. Deck the Halls (Performed and arranged by JT Roach)
    6. Snowflakes (Written and performed by JT Roach)
    7. I Can't Even - Performed by The New Carpenters (Written by S. Brown, G.Bulos)
    8. You'll Always Be My Girl (Written and performed by JT Roach)
    9. Cool Christmas (film version)- Performed by Gemma (Written by S. Brown, G.Bulos and D.Snider)
    10. The Gift (Written and performed by JT Roach)
    11. Merry Christmas, Clarice! - Performed by The New Carpenters (Written by S. Brown, G.Bulos)
    12. Christmas is the Very Best Day - Performed by The New Carpenters (Written by S. Brown, G.Bulos)
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    good company

    CD Produced Live in Studio by J.Goff and E.Lawrence
    Release March 2021
    Purchase album here

    1. Tenderly - W.Gross, J.Lawrence)
    2. Moody's Mood (E.Jefferson)
    3. That's All (A.Brandt, B.Haymes)
    4. Company (A.Johnson, R.Jones)
    5. Better Than Anything (D.Wheat, B.Loughborough)
    6. I Believe in Love (K.Loggins, A.&M.Bergman)
    7. Woman Pennywise (S.Brown, R.Hausen, G.Bulos)
    8. Pieces of Dreams (M.Legrand, A.&M.Berman)
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    CD Produced by B.Hardin and G.Bulos
    Re-release Summer 2024

    • Simply You - J.R.James
    • Face Another Day - M.Macmullan
    • Rainman - J.R.James
    • Bridges - S.Brown and G.Bulos
    • Lights Begin To Fade - J.R.James
    • This Woman's Work - K.Bush
    • Invisible Man - G.Bulos
    • Let the Girls Sing - J.R.James
    • In My Sleep - G.Bulos
    • Open Wide - G.Bulos
    • When We Were Kings - A.Marvel, A.Powers, A.Roman
    • We Rise - G.Bulos
  • performance

    Gemma's diverse artistry shines brightly and is most expressive in live theater.

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    musical theater

    Gemma's love of the musical theater stage after over 27 years was re-ignited in Spring 2015 when she starred in Forbidden Broadway with OMG I Love That Productions! In 2015 alone Gemma starred in 7 different productions ranging from the villainous Childcatcher in Bay Area Children's Theater's TYA production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; award nominee Smokey Joe's Cafe at Chanticleers; two world premiere readings of new musical "The Four Immigrants" by MIn Kahng at Theaterworks, and Bottle shock the Musical at Fogg Theater in Napa.

    PHOTO: Gemma plays Rafreaky in "Forbidden Broadway'

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    improv theater

    PHOTO: Gemma's alter ego, Juicy.

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    Gemma performed at special storytelling events around the Bay Area

    PHOTO: Gemma is the special guest storyteller for the The Armando Troupe with Leela Improv

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    World PREMIERE!

    Gemma is honored to be in the New Works Program at TheaterWorks in "The 4 Immigrants Manga" adapted for the stage by Min Kahng and directed by Leslie Martinson!

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    Lula and Juicy's Improv Fest Trifecta!

    Gemma performs in her improv musical comedy duo in not 1, not 2 but 3 Improv Fests this year! Femprov Fest, West Coast Musical Improv Fest and the San Francisco Improv Fest!

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    "BottleShock: The Musical"

    Gemma performs in the new musical, Bottle Shock UnCorked for FOGG Theater at Napa Opera House!

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    Gemma receives Edwin Cohen Award!

    Echoing Green, a foundation that supports the top social entrepreneurs in the world honored Gemma in South Africa with the Edwin Cohen Award for her dedication to community. Gemma is the first woman to receive the award!

  • about gemma

    Can you believe the mission that has provided clean water and sanitation to nearly 1 million people in Asia and Africa started with a song?


    Gemma Bulos is a multi-award winning social entrepreneur and water activist, singer, international speaker, producer and educator.

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    As a pre-school teacher who was not on her regular 8:50am train to the World Trade Center on September 11, Gemma Bulos, witnessed a global community united through tragedy. In response, she wrote “WE RISE”, a rousing anthem that celebrates water as a metaphor for peace and unity in action. She left her life, gave away all her belongings and with her backpack, guitar and meager savings began traveling around the world to launch the unprecedented Million Voice Choir. By September 21, 2004, in celebration of the UN International Day of Peace, peaceful voices in over 100 cities in 60 countries sang 'WE RISE" from all over the planet. This was the single drop that started the wave....

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    inspirational speaker

    Gemma's 'accidental life' as a pre-school teacher/jazz singer turned award-winning social entrepreneur has been the source of inspiration for people around the globe. Gemma has been asked to share her insights on social entrepreneurship, international sustainable development, women's leadership, building movements, designing innovation as well as following one's dreams and taking risks. She has spoken and performed at events such as Clinton Global Initiative University, World Economic Forum, USAID, United Nations, UN Women, to name a few. She has spoken alongside dignitaries including Archbishop Desmund Tutu, Jane Goodall, Wangari Maathai, Vandana Shiva, Marianne Williamson and more. She has 3 TEDx Talks along with many other presentations. Scroll down to watch recorded talks.

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    water activist

    while gemma was building the Million voice choir, she became known as the 'water lady.' because of her new moniker. she go

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    Through Gemma's