Gay is a singer/songwriter from Southeastern Massachusetts. She performed in bands and acoustic duos from 2008 until she went solo in 2012. In 2013 she released her first original, full-length cd, "little peaces". In 2014, she was nominated in WMRC's Local Music Awards in 5 different categories and is honored to have won the award for 2014 Best Local Acoustic Solo Act. Her powerful voice and soulful songwriting were showcased even further with the release of her second cd, "Work In Progress..." in November of 2015. She was honored to have opened for songwriter Ellis Paul in March of 2016 and was awarded the WMRC 2016 Favorite Female Vocalist. Most recently she was awarded myFM101.3's Favorite Local Acoustic Act in November of 2018.
Besides her solo career, Gay is also the lead singer/manager for the following acts:
"3-Way Street" - A trio featuring Gay on vocals and guitar, Sheamus McShea on guitar and vocals & Adam Frost on bass
"Gay and The Backline" - A small band consisting of Gay on vocals and guitar and up to 3 other musicians as needed.
Gay performs all over Southeastern and Central Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Her sound is a bluesy combination of rock and folk which reflect her love of the many artists who have influenced her...James Taylor, Janis Joplin, The Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Carole King, Stevie Nicks, Alanis Morrisette, Norah Jones, Hall & Oates, Simon & Garfunkel, Journey and so many more. Gay's original music pays homage to these artists through her unique lyrics, observations, and reflections from many different influences in her life.
In Her Own Words:
"I can't remember a time while growing up that I wasn't writing something. I wrote my first songs when I was about 13 years old. They weren't very good of course, but they were mine. My parents bought me a beautiful guitar when I went to high school and I kept all of those songs in its' case. It was stolen a few months later and I probably should have been very upset about that guitar, but the only thing that really mattered to me were those wonderful, awful songs. Not every song is a masterpiece, but they're all little pieces of you."
Reviews & Letters......
"Good Morning, Gay. I know you are a professional musician and you most likely hear this all the time, and yet I am compelled to express my gratitude for your willingness to share your gifts with us all. Thankful you tackled Diary, you did David proud..." "...so grateful to know you are on this musical earth and doing your thing and looking forward to hearing you play in the future. Thank you for being you, for shining your light and for encouraging and inspiring musicians and people who love music worldwide. Wishing you a spectacular 2019!"
“Her vocal moves with the kind of grace & loveliness that should inform a record company executive know he’s found a potential goldmine”
~Bill Copeland, Bill Copeland Music News
"If you haven't yet checked out Gay's Facebook and YouTube pages - put it on your list. She is an amazing local talent that will knock your socks off with the passion every vocalist should possess. She sings from her toes and nails it every time! We loved our backyard concert! Gay played on my back deck for about 30 of my friends and family. AMAZING is all I can say about it. If you have a private party coming up - Gay is your girl!! I can't tell you how impressed the discriminating crowd that has been playing and singing for over 40 years was with (her) Angelic Voice..."
“My incredible friend sent me your CD as a Christmas gift, and I saved the perfect moment to listen to it for the first time, this past Saturday morning when I treated myself to a long drive and delicious coffee. Wow....just WOWWWWW. What a beautiful gift you have--effortless sound, lyrics that seem like you've read my thoughts, and gorgeous accompaniment by guitar...I am in awe....and I never felt ANY impulse to skip a song throughout the CD, only repeat. You are truly gifted. I wish I lived closer. Can't wait for my next trip in the car. Blessings from Texas!”
"Gay sang this Neil Young's "Don't Let It Bring You Down" pitch perfect last night. Have not heard anyone do that song in a bar in a long time and she nailed it! She was killing it last night to a packed house...great show and a great crowd - this lady can sing!!"
“Hey, have to tell you. SO many compliments about your performance. Thank you so much. You nailed it. The day was exactly what I wanted, casual, fun, with the people from the various parts of my daughter's life getting together. So many people hadn't seen each other for a while, so it was perfect. As were you. Thank you again.”
"So I'm out and about tonight...and all of a sudden? An angel started to sing! Beyond belief! She even turned U2 into a melodic prayer... #CantWaitToHearHerAgain."
“Had to let you know we listened to your CD on the ride home and absolutely LOVE IT! After dropping my friend off I hit repeat and listened to "ANYMORE", TRACK 3, multiple times! Really. really great stuff! We’re gonna start to follow your gigs....omg, I feel like a groupie saying that! Anyhow had to tell how happy I am with the purchase of your awesome CD. I wish you continued success with your music.”
“Stevie Nicks called. You're making her nervous and she wants her songs back ;-) great singing last night!”
“U sound......amazing!!! I just love listening to you :-)”