Gail Sparlin / Press

“Gail Sparlin has never lacked musical inspiration. A Minnesota transplant who has called the Capital Region home since 1986, she grew up surrounded by music—her mother was a jazz fan, and her father played chromatic harmonica and sang. Large family gatherings — her mother had six sisters and one brother—would often turn into impromptu jam sessions. Sparlin began playing piano at age 4, picking up banjo and guitar at 12. Her early family infl uences soon expanded to include Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Randy Newman and countless others across the blues, jazz, country and folk spectrums.All of these influences can be heard in her music. Her latest album, 2010’s “Beautiful Kiss,” runs the gamut from jazzy piano ballads such as the title track, to countryleaning pop songs such as “Smoke and Ashes.” She has appeared at blues events, including the “Ladies Sing the Blues” concert in February 2010 at Caffe Lena..." See complete article at www.gailsparlin.com”