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THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO DESCRIBE MUSIC, BUT EVEN WITH A WIDE PALETTE OF DESCRIPTIONS, THAT WOULDN’T DO GAYLE SKIDMORE’S SONGS JUSTICE.
She is indeed a brilliant artist, a gifted tunesmith, a virtuoso musician, and more. Many consider her a singer-songwriter. True, she often performs solo, with a guitar, banjo, or keyboard, but that only touches on one aspect of her songs. To some she’s a pop/rock genius with touches of Elton, Brian Wilson, and Lennon/McCartney in her melodies. She also strays into torch song areas and she’s not afraid to include dance elements, modern synths, or whatever it takes to create a strong piece of music. Each recording builds on the one before. Each sounds different than the one before.
Heading into this article one of the editorial requests was to make sure and describe Skidmore’s music. In decades of my covering artists, it’s rarely been this difficult. What we have here is a kaleidoscope of sound, at times whimsical, at times deep, but always multi-layered, full of intricate arrangements, and loaded with imagination. Indeed, she crafts songs not just worthy of hitting radio but also of repeated listens.
Skidmore has had definite successes in recent years, including great song placements, awards, tours and more, but even with all that in her resume, it feels like her career is just beginning to skyrocket…
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