A native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Velinova has lived and performed in major US and Canadian cities. During her years in New York City, Velinova explored the avant-garde jazz music scene and formed the group `Ensemble Gergana.' The eclectic band released a CD of entirely improvised music showcasing Velinova's poetry, unique improvisational vocal skills and adventurous artistry. Velinova holds a Master's Degree in Jazz & Contemporary-Classical Voice Performance from the Longy School of Music in Boston, undergraduate studies in Vocal Jazz from the Musician's Institute in Los Angeles and a diploma in classical guitar from the National Music School in Bulgaria. In addition to her solo career she is well known for her entrepreneur work as a concert producer, vocal coach and vocal workshops facilitator. From 2006- 2013 Velinova led the vocal wing of the Jazz Department at the Victoria Conservatory of Music in Canada in the position of Head-Vocal Jazz Instructor and Vocal Jazz Ensemble Conductor.