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 unavoidable, 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.
In the spring of 2017, Gayle Skidmore will release her first full length vinyl album and colouring book, her 20th independent release on her label, Raincoat Records. This album was recorded at Ninkasi Studios in Eugene, OR, with James Book of The Flys, legendary studio Rancho de la Luna in Joshua Tree, and Singing Serpent in San Diego. It features a range of styles and the singular theme of moving on from heartache and loss. Gayle’s attention to detail and involvement in every step of the creative process, from producing her records to creating the artwork for her albums, show that she is completely dedicated to her craft.
Gayle Skidmore’s love of whimsy, poetry and magic are evidenced by the visual elements she adds to her performances, which have included a curtain of origami cranes and a giant octopus holding a teacup. She has opened for the likes of Jason Mraz, Lisa Loeb, Steve Martin, Sean and Sara Watkins, Sam Phillips, Coeur d’Pirate, and many others. She has recorded with such artists as The Softlightes, Bushwalla, Jason Mraz and Tyrone Wells, and continues to explore new styles. Germany’s prominent newspaper, the Seuddeutsche Zeitung, named her “Die Schutzpatronin der Gartenzwerge,” the Patron Saint of Garden Dwarves, which she proudly vaunts.
A Sunset Sessions artist in 2012, Gayle Skidmore manages to find a balance between accessibility and artistry, though she’d claim to sacrifice the former for the latter. She finds endless inspiration in the whirlwind of life, has never experienced writer’s block, and is always experimenting with new formats. 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.