Amber in the Clay
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. After college she teamed up with her older brother, Michael and they began writing and performing together as The Gayles. Inspired by the L.A. country rock sound, the duo 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 television. 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 recording artists, songwriters and producers. She performed live regularly with critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, Susan J. Paul and appears on Susan's 'Human Factor', 'Naked Heart' and 'Big Love' CDs. When Davie 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 near the Raritan Bay. She stumbled upon the true story of ancient amber found in the local claypits, and 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". 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. If you let her, she'll lure you in with her own 'yin/yang with a twang' brand of Americana music. Two of her songs, Doghouse Flowers and Get Me appear the Dec. 07 release of independent film 'Missionary Man' directed by and starring Dolph Lungren. Davie performs regularly around southern California and hosts a successful monthly songwriter showcase called 'Friday Night Writers'. She also performs back east whenever she can. She's busy working on her follow-up to Amber, rehearsing with a band, getting ready to record. This next project promises to lean more to Davie's bluesy side. She's been writing songs with her old Hagstrom and '65 reissue Fender Mustang.