Seven-time San Diego Music award nominee Gayle Skidmore has written over 2000 songs. She won Best Pop in 2015, Best Pop Album in 2014 and Best Singer-Songwriter in 2013. Gayle is a versatile artist in the vein of Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson, Fiona Apple and Brandi Carlile. Gayle Skidmore sings and plays piano, guitar, banjo and dulcimer. She can play 4 hours of original music and 3 hours of covers.
She has toured extensively in the United States and abroad, and is perfect for lounges, weddings, birthday parties, house concerts and many other gatherings.
Photos and videos are available on her profile.
Price Range: $200 and up.
Gig Length: 30 - 240 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
What to Expect
Gayle Skidmore is available to play gigs ranging from 30 to 240 minutes. She has a catalog of 1000 original songs as well as 4 hours of covers. She is perfect for weddings, parties, events and other gatherings, and is available for classical piano gigs with 1 month notice. She is able to perform a variety of styles, from old-timey jazz songs to top 40 hits.
Seven-time San Diego Music Award nominee Gayle Skidmore has written over 2000 songs since she began songwriting at the age of 8. Her natural ability and innate passion for music made her music career inevitable, and her tumultuous life has given her plenty of inspiration. Translating her experiences into song has been more than just personally fulfilling. Gayle Skidmore won Best Pop in the 2015 San Diego Music Awards, Best Pop Album for “Sleeping Bear” in 2014, and Best Singer-Songwriter in 2013. Classically trained on the piano from the age of 4, Gayle Skidmore also plays over 20 other instruments, including the mountain dulcimer, banjo, folk harp and balalaika.
Growing up in a musical family in San Diego, California, Gayle was fascinated with music from the start, recording little songs with her sisters from the age of 3. The early loss of her uncle and several childhood friends sparked an intuitive turn to songwriting as a way to process and cope with these events. Gayle started performing these songs in local San Diego venues at the age of 14, and finally recorded her first E.P. at the age of 18. As she began to pursue music more seriously, something that she had always done instinctively became more focused and intentional. Music became a way for Gayle to bring healing into her own life and the lives of others, growing in importance as she waded through an ever-growing mountain of loss and several traumatic events. She continued to record her music and soon started her own record label, Raincoat Records.
In the spring of 2017, Gayle Skidmore released her first full-length vinyl album and colouring book, her 20th independently released project. The Golden West was recorded with her beer sponsor, Ninkasi Brewing at Ninkasi Studios in Eugene, OR, Amusement Park Studios in Lubbock, TX, Singing Serpent Studios in San Diego, CA, and legendary studio Rancho de la Luna in Joshua Tree, CA. It features a range of styles and the singular theme of moving on from heartache and loss. Music Friday Live’s Patrick O’Heffernan said it well:
"Gayle Skidmore sings in the line between artistry and accessibility, between whimsy and earworms, between what is an what fantastically can be."
Gayle’s dedication to her craft has paved the way to opening for the likes of Jason Mraz, Lisa Loeb, Steve Martin, The Jamestown Revival, Sean and Sara Watkins, Sam Phillips, and Coeur d’Pirate. She has recorded with such artists as The Softlightes, Bushwalla, Jason Mraz and Tyrone Wells, and continues to explore new styles. Her song “Only Ever You” features Dave Catching of Eagles of Death Metal on guitar. Recently transplanted to The Netherlands, she continues to enchant with her singular, transportive style, and her heartfelt performances.
Gayle Skidmore finds endless inspiration in the whirlwind of life, has never experienced writer’s block, and is always experimenting with new formats. Gayle Skidmore’s love of whimsy is evidenced by the visual elements she adds to music, which includes three self-illustrated colouring books. Germany’s prominent newspaper, the Seuddeutsche Zeitung, named her “Die Schutzpatronin der Gartenzwerge,” the Patron Saint of Garden Dwarves, which she proudly vaunts. When she isn’t busy learning a new instrument, singing, painting, or writing lyrics and melodies, she composes parts for her cellist and violinist. Gayle enjoys baking cookies and making origami for her fans.
Additional Booking Notes
A small PA can be provided. If you would like to provide your own, please provide at least 2 channels.
Gayle will bring 1 vocal mic, and lines in for piano, guitar, and banjo, and a Deluxe Reverb amp.
Gayle Skidmore has a catalog of 4 hours of original music, and 3 hours of covers. Covers not listed here can be requested within 2 weeks of the performance date. Find original music at gayleskidmore dot bandcamp dot com.
Adele- Rolling in the Deep
Alicia Keyes- Fallin
Beatles- Across the Universe
Beatles- Here Comes the Sun
Beatles- I Want To Hold Your Hand
Black Keys- Tighten Up (Banjo)
Brandi Carlile- Downpour
Cars- Just What I Needed
Coldplay- Fix You
Coldplay- The Scientist
Flaming Lips- Do you Realize C
Flaming Lips- Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots C
Fun- Some Nights C
Iron and Wine- Such Great Heights
Jeff Buckley- Hallelujah
Jeff Buckley- Lover, You Should Have Come Over D (DAC#GAD)
Jimmy Eat World- Sweetness G
John Denver- Country Roads A
John Legend- All of Me (Piano)
Lumineers- Ho Hey C
OneRepublic- Counting Stars
OneRepublic- Good life
Passenger- Let Her Go
Patty Griffin- Heavenly Day G
Radiohead- Fake Plastic Trees G
Radiohead- High and Dry G
Rolling Stones- Wild Horses
Sheryl Crow- If it Makes You Happy
Tom Waits- Picture in a Frame
Influences & Inspiration
Brandi Carlile, Coldplay, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Damien Rice, The Swell Season, Norah Jones, Rachael Yamagata, Regina Spektor
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