Two of Davie Gayle songs, “Get Me” & “Doghouse Flowers”, both from her solo CD titled Amber In The Clay, are placed in the 2007 film, “Missionary Man”. Davie’s demo of the song “The Love Exchange” received Honorable Mention in ISSA (Indie Singer-Songwriter Association) 2008 Session II Songwriting Contest.
All three songs are co-written with her brother, Michael Gayle.
Davie Gayle was raised on country music in New Jersey. That’s right, New Jersey. Her dad, a blue-collar laborer, taught guitar and played in a country western band. He passed his love of music on to his four children and they grew up performing as a family.
As a teenager Davie debuted a few of her first original songs in the acoustic trio, Serenade with sisters, Pat and Midge. After college she teamed up with her older brother, Michael and they began writing and performing together as The Gayles. The duo eventually moved to southern California where they formed a band featuring Davie on lead vocals and rhythm guitar. They signed a publishing deal and a few of their songs were placed in film and tv. Eventually, her brother started an independent label and began producing records, while Davie focused mainly on songwriting. Blessed with a voice that can belt the blues or croon the most intimate ballad, she was soon recording lead and backing vocals for other artists, songwriters and producers.
In 2003, the singer/songwriter began working on her first solo project. She drew from the stories of the town she grew up in, a town they once called Roundabout. When she stumbled upon the true story of ancient amber found in the local claypits, she knew she had the title of her CD. The story behind the amber resounded with her at a critical time in her life, and Davie couldn’t stop it from spilling out into what would become the title track, “Amber In The Clay”.
It’s only appropriate that, much like the natural organic process that results in the formation of real amber, this project took some time to come together. Davie may have been raised in a musical family, been born with vocal talent and a gift for lyrics, but this Jersey Girl and California Dreamer has truly evolved into a fine storyteller and engaging performer. Her real life experiences, hindsight and insight are there in every line as she delivers them with a nod, a tear, or a wink. By putting so much of herself into “Amber”, Davie got what she wanted – something she can be proud of, something her listeners will want to treasure.
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