A classical pianist since the age of four Gayle began writing her own songs at the age of eight under the influence of Chopin The Beatles Bach and Led Zeppelin. From deep in the core of her being flows an abundance of lyrics and melodies that she has crafted into over 1500 songs and counting. With a propensity for attracting adventure Gayle finds constant inspiration in the whirlwind of life. When she isn’t playing the piano Gayle accompanies herself on the dulcimer guitar and banjo.
Bryce: So Gayle, friend, How are you??
Gayle: I’m doing well! I’ve been ridiculously busy for the last few weeks.
Bryce: personally or as far as your music career goes?
Gayle: Both. I’ve gotten more involved with my church and have been trying to put together my album and do my business taxes.
Bryce: Yeah that is pretty busy. Imagine I knew nothing about your music. How would you sell it to me?
Gayle: I would cover it in chocolate syrup. I might throw in some sprinkles.
Bryce: mmmm every girl loves chocolate… sold!
Bryce: Tell us a little about your new sound. What is the new direction you are taking it? What can current and future fans expect?
Gayle: My new album (my 7th) is definitely a departure from my folky/acoustic past albums. I took the ‘almost a band’ feel of my Cowley Road E.P. and fed it steroids. I’ve been playing with a band since ’06 but haven’t really toured with them much outside of San Diego and LA. So the album may surprise some people outside of Southern CA but it has been a very natural progression for me. The album has a lot more pop sensibility than my last 6 releases and much more of an indie rock undertone. It is the first album I’ve done where I have been able to spend enough time on it to show what I can really do. I played about 14 instruments on the record and took a year and a half to finish it. I had some truly amazing artists work on the record with me including Aaron from San Diego’s Scarlet Symphony
Bryce: Tell us a little about how the recording process came about. Last I heard you were getting a lot of help from a lot of people for very cheap. How did that work out?
Gayle: I did have some awesome friends help me out a bit but I also paid out of my left nostril for other things. I ended up pre selling 1000 copies of the record through the Netherlands based company Sellaband so the latter portion of the recording process has been paid for by my fans. I did get a few homeboy deals in the beginning but that only went so far.
Bryce: it’s great to get those. But it is very exciting to see your fans stepping up to that degree. I know there was so much work on your part to get that done. Way to push!
Gayle: Thanks! Promoting that was very challenging and I am relieved to be done.
Bryce: Tell us a little about Gayle Skidmore the girl. What are some of your passions in life? Music is a given…
Gayle: What else is there? Haha I have other interests. I love philosophy and theology and hope to get my doctorate eventually. I did a year of my MA in theology but put it on hold to pursue my music. On a less boring level I really love to try new things whenever I can. I have dabbled in fencing sailing brewing beer dodgeball and several other random things. I draw and paint quite a bit and did a coloring book for the new album.
Bryce: Boring! Some of my favorite conversations with you have been about Philosophy and Theology. Though I must say challenging you in a fencing match would be insanely fun. Also I love that you have dabbled” in Dodgeball.
Gayle: Dodgeball was more scary than fun for me.
Bryce: Hahah but you tried it.
Bryce: Let’s talk a little bit about your release some basic info Title Tracks Release Date?
Gayle: My new album is called “Make Believe” after the last song on the record. There are 14 songs (we got a bit ambitious) including a full band version of the song “Annabelle” that I released in February (which was recorded by Jason Mraz). I am hoping to release it at the end of September or beginning of October. It depends how things go in the next few weeks. I’ve never released a book before and figuring that out has been interesting…
Bryce: Tell us a little about this coloring book. This is the first I have heard of it.
Gayle: it’s a coloring book. I drew a picture for each song that people can color and am including all of the lyrics. it’s the first time I’ve been able to include lyrics but not the first non-traditional case I’ve done (you remember Paper Box)
Bryce: I do indeed beautiful. Is any of that art available to preview before the release?
Gayle: Yes we actually used one of the drawings as the main page for my new website. The drawing for my song “Nightingale” which you can find on youtube is the home page of http://www.GayleSkidmore.com I’m really into art nouveau (1800s poster style art i.e. Alphonse Mucha) so my drawings are influenced by that a bit.
Bryce: You are a multifaceted artist
Gayle: Gratzie. (Oh I am very into Italian at the moment!)
Bryce: What are some of your favorite artists right now? Songs on your iPod or whatever.
Gayle: I have been listening to a lot of Clare and the Reasons Patrick Watson Grizzly Bear Softlightes and Radiohead. Nothing really new to me at the moment but just the comforting sounds of my favorites.
Bryce: What are your upcoming touring plans?
Gayle: I plan on taking over the world. I don’t have anything really set because I wasn’t sure when my album would be finished… but now that it’s almost done I am working on tours to the northwest and out to NY.
Bryce: Be sure to keep us up to date on your 2010 – 2011 tour dates. That is very exciting.
Gayle: it’s been really strange being stuck in SD for the last 7 months trying to finish the record. I will definitely keep you up to date! I’ll be touring quite a bit as soon as the album drops.
Bryce: Word on the street and by the street I mean your various Social network sites you were nominated for Best Americana in the SD Music Awards. tell us a little about that.
Gayle: Yes I was! This is my second nomination for an SD Music Award. I’m very excited to be in the running again! Voting starts August 1st and ends August 20th. If you want to vote for me please visit http://www.sandiegomusicawards.com.I have a lot of friends on the ballot and can’t wait for the event. it’s always a great party!
Bryce: Awesome so if you’re reading this go there and vote!
Bryce: So I ask this of people on occassion. Jesus makes a bold statement when He claims “I am the way the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father but through me.” What are your thoughts?
Gayle: That’s definitely a divisive statement. I wholeheartedly agree with it and believe it. I know how controversial that is and even how offensive it can be to some people but I have found it to be true. Living out my life as a Christ-follower in a community of other Christ-followers I have experience love and peace that I haven’t experienced anywhere else. I know that following Jesus means to seek out how to better love God and others so although it is sometimes scary to tell people that I believe that Jesus is the only way I would hope that the implications of that (the continued debt to love) would encourage people to dialogue with me about it.
Bryce: Awesome one of the things that has always blessed me about our friendship is how deeply you feel things. That is not only on a personal level but even a deep empathy for others seen in your answer. You are a jewel Gayle Skidmore. Are there any parting words to our readers?
Gayle: Aw thank you.
Bryce: Awesome and with that I bid you adieu
” I have dabbled in fencing sailing brewing beer dodgeball and several other random things. I draw and paint quite a bit and did a coloring book for the new album. Living out my life as a Christ-follower in a community of other Christ-followers I have experience love and peace that I haven’t experienced anywhere else.”