Gayl Advocates for Roots Reggae

French born singer/songwriter Gayl sat down with Urban Craft magazine for an interview recently and in our brief but insightful chat sh...



French born singer/songwriter Gayl sat down with Urban Craft magazine for an interview recently and in our brief but insightful chat she reflected on the first quarter of the year and also teased a couple of projects that she has planned for the remainder of the year.

The musician has of course been nothing short of passionate about reggae since her teenage years and first participated in a band as a lead singer in the period between 2000 and 2004. Self-taught, she composes with the help of a guitar, a bass or a keyboard. Since 2013, she has continued to create work for her solo projects while at the same time participating in other groups with styles ranging from gospel to reggae, as a back-up vocalist.

She has shared the stage with the likes of Queen Omega, GGS, Ividub and been in the studio with Jah Defender, Bushman, Rod Taylor, Trevor Junior, Bob Wasa, Ocean Tide HQ and WestFinga, to mention but a few.

But 2017 was really the year that marked her return to the reggae sphere with the release of 3 original roots reggae tracks : ‘Give us a Chance’ followed by ‘Ready for a Change’ and ‘So Long’.
These ‘deeply conscious’ tracks were made in collaboration with Matthieu ‘Redjee Roots’ Sarr, with whom she is preparing her first  EP, one that will reflect the musical eclectism of Gayl, who, even while maintaining a dominant  reggae style, sometimes offers up mixes with soul, R’n’B or hip-hop.

Below are excerpts from our chat with the hugely-talented French musician…………….


How has the year 2019 been thus far in regards to your career?

Gayl: I had quite a wonderful start to the year because I continue to finalize my reggae EP coming out this year and at the same time, I'm working on my electro duet BUSH VOLTAGE for next concerts, so I couldn’t have asked for a better beginning to the year!


What are some of the most notable projects that you have been part of in this first quarter of the year?

Gayl: I participated in an exceptional studio session in early April with Karigan, a reggae drummer. Being active, both in the reggae and gospel circles, my mission was for this session to connect my reggae collaborators with those in the gospel community.
I worked as a backing vocalist for singer JAH DEFENDER on his earlier release: "Defend Rastafari", mixed by the awesome Westfinga! I also cannot forget to mention the first video clip from the BUSH VOLTAGE project.

What have you set your sights on for the rest of the year and what else can we look forward to hearing and seeing from you for the remainder of 2019?

Gayl: Live, live, live, being on the stage!
For the rest of the year I plan to develop my electro project on one hand and on the other hand I would like to continue to bridge (make the connection) between reggae and gospel through other musical projects. I will continue to release videos and go out into the world to meet the public, because it is for me, the most important thing to do as an artist…. It helps strengthen the bond between the performer and their audience.

What are your immediate and long-term goals in as far as your career is concerned?

Gayl: It's all about going on stage and sharing my message and my energy with the fans! In the long-term, the plan is to put out more material and shape my musical universe through my two projects (reggae: ‘Gayl’ and electro: ‘Bush Voltage’) and develop them internationally.
But the most important thing is for me to fight for Roots Reggae music, so that this music stays with its original sound and spirit... That's why I like collaborating with Westfinga….. we have both succeeded in reproducing the original sound of roots reggae over the years.


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