Sunday, September 18, 201611:00AM – 12:30PM Bicentennial Park
On Sunday morning, enjoy a spirited live gospel brunch performance with eye-opening cocktails to get a jump-start on the day. Enjoy a Bloody Mary compliments of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, grab a Hendrick’s Snapper, or sip on an Aperol Spritzer. Need to wake up? Eighth and Roast will be providing coffee, and Gale Mayes’s strong, beautiful voice is sure to get you on your feet! Sunday’s feast will be a memorable event.
Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, Gale Mayes’ has been the signature alto background voice to as many artists as there are states. From Hawaii to Alaska, her first studio experience was in Honolulu recording a duet with international jazz vocalist, Chris Blizzard, over 30 years ago. Her voice was so versatile Chris’s producer booked her to lay vocals on the entire project. Later while living in Anchorage, Gale continued to sharpen her recording skills with live choir projects and local songwriters’ demo tapes.
Music is in her bones. Gale makes music come alive. She is a songwriter’s dream – lifting music from the written page and translating it into sweet ‘ear candy’ that attracts major recording artists. Crossing all musical genres, Gale has performed with and recorded demos and tracks for: Reba McEntire, Wynonna Judd, Emmylou Harris, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Aretha Franklin, Andrae Crouch, Buddy Miller, Solomon Burke, Michael McDonald, Toby Keith, Josh Turner, Bill Gaither, and so many others.
Moving to Nashville, Gale made her vocal presence known and was hired to sing background tracks for Handel’s Messiah: A Christmas Celebration, produced by Mervyn Warren and Quincy Jones. Songwriter and producer requests began pouring in and soon Gale Mayes had become a regular in recording studios on Music Row and throughout Music City USA.
Soon she had amassed enough background, demo, voice-over sessions, and tour dates to work full-time in the music industry – which is no easy feat! A song Gale wrote, “Breakthrough” for CeCe Winans Presents was also nominated for a prestigious Dove Award. Her most recent Grammy-winning project was in 2015 with Nashville’s own performing artist, Mike Farris, called Shine for All the People.
Gale’s gifts continue to make room for her as she deservedly steps from the muted shadow of background singer to the dazzling spotlight center stage. Her performance skills are as strong as any artist she has stood behind, captivating audiences that are as diverse as her repertoire. Gale has toured the world, but her Mississippi roots keep her planted in Nashville where she is only beginning to bud into the full bloom of talent that is Gale Mayes.
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