A born songwriter, Gayle Skidmore has written over 1700 songs since she began songwriting at the age of 8. Named Best Singer-Songwriter in the 2013 San Diego Music Awards, Gayle continually processes her adventures, experiences, thoughts and emotions through music; writing, playing and singing from the depths of her soul. It is evident from her heartfelt, unguarded performances that Skidmore’s goal is excellence in artistry and expression.
Classically trained on the piano from the age of 4, Gayle Skidmore also plays at least 20 other instruments, including the mountain dulcimer, banjo, folk harp and balalaika. Her attention to detail and involvement in every step of the creative process, from producing her records to doing the artwork for her albums, show that she is completely dedicated to her craft. In September 2013, Gayle released her second full-length album and coloring book, Sleeping Bear, on Raincoat Records, following her first vinyl release, a 7″ record Zombie Heart via Ninkasi Brewing Co.
Gayle Skidmore’s love of whimsy, poetry and magic are evidenced by the sets she creates for her stages, which have included a curtain of origami cranes and a giant octopus holding a teacup. In 2009, Germany’s most prominent newspaper, the Seuddeutsche Zeitung, named her “Die Schutzpatronin der Gartenzwerge,” the Patron Saint of Garden Dwarves, in an interview promoting her tour. She has also toured nationwide in the US, UK, Asia and Europe, and was a Sunset Sessions artist in 2012.
Gayle Skidmore finds endless inspiration in the whirlwind of life. She has never experienced writer’s block, and she 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. She enjoys baking cookies and making origami for her fans.