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San Diego-based indie folk pop artist Gayle Skidmore is delighted to announce the release of her first full-length album, Make Believe, out in late 2010 on Raincoat Records. Make Believe showcases Gayle’s ingenuity and versatility as an artist with its intriguing range of styles, intricate melodies and depth of emotion.
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 1700 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. She played over 12 instruments on Make Believe including the folk harp and the marimba, and composed all of the parts for her cellist and violinist.
Gayle Skidmore has been performing and touring in the US, UK and Europe as a solo artist and with a band for 12 years. She has released 7 independent albums since 2002, the last 3 on her own label, Raincoat Records. Her songs have been garnering awards since 2003, and in 2008 her Cowley Road E.P. was on the ballot for the ’09 Grammy’s for “Best Pop Album,” and “Best Pop Vocal Performance.” In July 2009 she was featured in Germany’s prominent Seuddeutsche Zeitung, and has since won several song competitions in the Netherlands. She was nominated for “Best Pop Album” in the 2009 San Diego Music Awards and “Best Americana” in the 2010 SDMAs. In early 2010, she released a single recorded by acclaimed artist Jason Mraz. Nothing short of prolific, Gayle Skidmore has already written her next two albums and plans to begin working on them in late 2010.