- Rock, Pop, Folk, Indie, Singer/Songwriter
- San Diego, CA
- Raincoat Records
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 August 2013, Gayle released her second full-length album and coloring book, "Sleeping Bear," on Raincoat Records. Mastered by Grammy winner Gavin Lurssen, this album was written entirely by Gayle Skidmore and features a 10 piece string section. This album followed her first 7” vinyl release, “Zombie Heart,” put out by her sponsor, Ninkasi Brewing Co. In 2014 her cover of “Lola” by The Kinks, a collaboration with Brandon O’Connell of Singing Serpent, was placed on a national commercial. She has co-written ads for Facebook, Target and many others. She was featured on Time Warner Cable’s SoCal Beat and was named one of the San Diego Union Tribune’s Faces to Watch in 2014.
“LIMERENCE MAGAZINE: ARTIST ON THE RISE GAYLE SKIDMORE” “It’s one thing to be able to play one, two, or even three instruments and write your own music. It’s a whole other thing to have adapted and succeeded in playing over 20 instruments and have written over 2000 songs of your own…”
— Kristin Pappas, Limerence Magazine (Mar 2, 2015)
Chosen #4 Song of 2013 -- We love where Gayle Skidmore is going. Her new album, Sleeping Bear, is her first full-length since 2010′s Make Believe. This time she teamed up with Ben Moore as co-producer, and the two of them found just the right sound for Gayle. It’s edgier and more upbeat. Not only that, the songs are consistently good. It’s her best album to date, and no wonder she won Best Singer-Songwriter at the San Diego Music Awards this year. The track we selected is a standout and shows Gayle in ways we haven’t seen her before. We hope she goes even further in this direction for the next one.
— David Miano, Aural Gravy (Jan 1, 2014)
“Gayle Skidmore’s “Sleeping Bear” is a sleeper hit. She has a real knack of taking the kind of simplicity you find in a pop song and twisting them to fit her adult piano rock tropes. It’s never full on, it’s never lacking – it’s perfectly pitched and after a few listens it will stay with you. Potential for one of HPM’s top 10 albums of 2013 right here.”
— Higher Plain Music (Sep 17, 2013)
“Zombie Heart” by Gayle Skidmore* – Yeah, I’m a sucker for “The Walking Dead” so gimme a broken love song that references Zombies and lost/found love and hope too and I am in hook-line-and-sinker. It’s the lyrics at the end that remind me of a “Certain Event” the ones that speak of hope: “But you can’t deny my heart has come alive/Now you can feel my heart beat like it’s live again/Now you can feel my heart beat when you hold my hand”. When word play and Skidmore’s beautiful voice synergistically coalesce it is nothing short of breath-taking.”
— Natalie Watson Webber, Sounds In San Diego (Aug 30, 2013)
“The term “Renaissance man/woman” gets thrown around a lot, often about people whose accomplishments are slightly above ordinary at best. But multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and artist Gayle Skidmore is the real deal. The San Diego native started creating songs when she was 8 (she’s written more than 1,700 to date), plays more than 20 instruments (including piano, mountain dulcimer and banjo), sings her gorgeous indie-pop tunes with a unique alto voice and drew a coloring book (!) to accompany her second full-length album, Sleeping Bear, out Sept. 17, on her own (of course) record label, Raincoat Records. Her emotional lyrical style is especially evident in “Sickle in the Shade,” with the line, “Your lips are moving/ But all I hear is what you didn’t say.”
— Salt Lake City Weekly (Aug 29, 2013)
“Skidmore’s a class act, and the video for “Little Bird” is every bit as classy. The Ces Peynetti-directed clip was shot at San Diego’s Singing Serpent and makes gorgeous use of color, from the red of Skidmore’s dress and lipstick to the golden, unfocused lights that drift lazily across the frame. Maybe it’s the owl that adorns her banjo — though a bear would have also been nice — but there’s just something about the understated video that pulls us in.”
— Chris Maroulakos, Owl and Bear (Aug 21, 2013)