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Gayle Skidmore / Press

"Gayle is the Simon to my Garfunkel."

“Gayle Skidmore plays 14 instruments on her new record, including a harp that her dad handmade when Gayle and her sister were just kids. She also breaks out the kalimba which is essentially a thumb piano. This is her first full length record and it’s been two years in the making. All 14 songs on “Make Believe” were produced by Gayle and Preston Parsons while some recording was done in La Jolla at Peter King’s studio. Gayle’s voice is amazing. You can tell on her recordings as well as her live shows that the music is so very personal to her. 1,000 copies were pre sold and “Make Believe” has been available to the general public on iTunes since November 14. I’m old school though and I know you are too. That’s why you probably want to get an actual copy of the CD in your hands which will essentially be a coloring book that Gayle designed herself. Music and art are Gayle’s passions. There was an epic CD release show November 13th at the Ruby Room which was so much fun. ”

“It can be tough for female singer-songwriters to stand out from the pack, but luckily for Gayle Skidmore (and for her listeners), she has the pipes and musicianship to make it past the coffee-shop circuit. Her well-executed debut album, which features a who’s-who of local guest musicians, mixes folk, rock, and a little bit of country (the lady plays a mean banjo), for a surprisingly smooth result. Make believe rarely sounds so real. (★★★★)”

“Gayle Skidmore’s Cowley Road EP is a fantastic, concise collection of easy-on-the-ears acoustic folk songs with a European bent. The songs reminded me of a summer night in Paris, with Julie Delpy (circa “Before Sunset”) leading me on some sort of a waltzy, wayfaring journey down some ancient avenue or alleyway. Great variety of instrumentation and song styles, but totally cohesive at the same time. Perfect music for the hostel-hopping expats (or at least those who dream about living that way).”

Brett McCracken, Author of "Hipster Christianity" - Itunes Review

“Gayle Skidmore is a singer/songwriter that can play tons of instruments. As if that wasn't enough, she's an artist, too, and if you go to her show at The Ruby Room Saturday, Nov. 13, (which Peter recommends) you'll be able to see both. Her new album comes complete with a coloring book she made herself. How cool is that?”

“In a show of serious ingenuity, singer-songwriter Gayle Skidmore played 10 instruments on Make Believe, self-released it on her own label and drew a coloring book to go with it. But it’s Skidmore’s heartfelt songwriting and agonizingly vulnerable lyricism that makes her first full-length truly special. Top track: “Hollow” Defining verse: “Don’t breathe a word, you’ll break me””

“I want to tell you about a girl I know. Her name's Gayle Skidmore. I met her awhile back and I didn't even know she was a musician until one day I wandered into the Tin Cal Ale House and there she was onstage. She had a voice that reminded me of Emmylou in her prime and had the musical chops to back it up including some mad banjo skills. She was so impressive that I immediately inquired as to when her next album was coming out.”

Seth Combs - San Diego City Beat

“Gayle Skidmore is a modern day Mary Poppins; she sings, sews, crafts her own E.P. cases, and her music makes everything just lovely.”

“The fifth song [on the Cowley Road E.P.], "Crazy," could well be Skidmore's ticket to the big time. Great hook, old-timey charm, spare arrangement. Hypnotic is what it is....With "Crazy," Gayle Skidmore is one bit of good luck away from hitting the big time.”

Jim Trageser - North County Times

““Whisky & Cigarettes” named #4 song of 2013 by Aural Gravy 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 http://www.auralgravy.com/the-best-songs-of-2013/”

“[In the Cowley Road E.P.] Skidmore pairs quirky (toy piano and banjo) and classical (cello and violin) with satisfying results. “Cowley Road” is my favorite of the album. When she sings of “unbearable pain,” her ferocious voice quavers with emotion.”

“Gayle Skidmore, Sleeping Bear (Sept. 15): The 2013 San Diego Music Award winner for Best Singer/Songwriter makes the kind of music you can’t help but like. It’s not too out there, but it’s strange — or maybe ornate — enough to draw people in. Most of the songs on Sleeping Bear are lush arrangements of complex pop with dense flourishes of orchestral accompaniment (see the title track), rich vocal harmonies (“Don’t Let Me Go”), catchy synth lines (“Tourniquet”) and subtle placement of banjo, mountain dulcimer or the billion other instruments Skidmore is trained on. Sitting around and longing for another Sufjan Stevens record? Just put this on and move on with your life already. –Dustin Lothspeich, San Diego Union Tribune http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/sounddiego/The-Top-13-San-Diego-Albums-of-2013-235954381.html#ixzz2oX3git5G”

“San Diego musicians Gayle Skidmore, Larry Groupé and Leonard Patton are poised to make a bigger impact in 2014 Read the interview here: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jan/03/faces-watch-2014-pop-music-skidmore-groupe-patton/”

“Favorite 2013 albums by current or former San Diego artists Gayle Skidmore– “Sleeping Bear” –George Varga, San Diego Union Tribune http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jan/01/pop-music-best-albums-and-concerts-of-the-year/”

““If Gayle Skidmore doesn’t make you gently dizzy with her music, it’s not for a lack of skill or effort.The veteran troubadour, who last week won Best Singer-Songwriter honors at the San Diego Music Awards, is a classically-trained pianist who cites Chopin as one of her favorite composers.Skidmore plays 20 instruments, the majority of them with strings definitely attached. Fifteen of them are featured on “Make Believe,” her 2010 solo debut album. She has a degree in theology, which she studied at Oxford University, and there is a strong spiritual underpinning to many of her songs.How many songs might that be? Skidmore estimates she has written 1,700 or so, which would be a staggering number for someone two or three times her age.” –George Varga, San Diego Union Tribune http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/Oct/22/gayle-skidmore-interview/?#article-copy”

““San Diego based Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gayle Skidmore released her second full length CD titled Sleeping Bear September 17th 2013 on her own Raincoat Records. A classically trained musician, skilled at 14 instruments, Skidmore creates a lavish display of accessible yet intelligently lavish pop rock that conjures the eclectic flair of Kate Bush and bold musicianship of Joanna Newsom. Sleeping Bear makes a tremendous statement best justified by the haunting track “Little Bird” featuring a poignant banjo rhythm mixed with an elegant chorus that is candlelit music meant for thinkers and believers instead of passive day-dreamers.” –Glide Magazine”

““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”

““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”

““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”

““Gayle Skidmore: She may just be one of the most multitalented musicians roaming San Diego today. Aside from being an established songstress, Skidmore also plays more instruments than you can count on both hands.” –12 of San Diego’s Top Songwriters, SoundDiego, NBCSanDiego.com”

“Well written, masterfully arranged, with great musicianship and Skidmore’s commanding voice nearly every track on Make Believe is a potential single, particularly the uptempo heavy melody numbers such as opener "Set Me Free." With a chiming guitar lick, the song makes wonderful use of space in its construction. There’s atmosphere to spare within the tune, essentially a series of choruses and sing-along-hooks. At just a shade over three minutes, it’s a perfect pop single. But that’s just a start. Bucking a trend in the less is more category, Skidmore offers up 14 tracks, each cut from a different cloth.”