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Country Music International aptly described Gail Davies as “One of the most important and influential female singer/songwriters to have been involved in country music in the past 20 years.” She was the first female record producer in country music and is cited by many of today’s pop and country divas as their role model. “The person who kicked open so many of the closed doors on music row.”
The release of Gail’s newest CD, The Songwriter Sessions (a double disc featuring 45 of her original compositions), is a welcome treat but no surprise to those who have been following her career from the early days. Though often best known for her pioneering production work, Gail is also a gifted vocalist and a prolific songwriter. She was the writer of Bucket to the South for Ava Barber (also recorded by Lynn Anderson), Hometown Gossip for The Whites, I Need My Baby Back for Wild Rose, A Love That Could Last for Patty Mitchell and Tell Me Why for Jann Browne as well as her own Top 10 singles, Grandma’s Song and Someone is Looking For Someone Like You. Her compositions are some of today’s country radio standards and have been recorded around the world by internationally known artists like Nana Mourskouri, Ireland’s Susan McCann and Japan’s Mari Nagatomi.
As a singer, Gail’s voice (described by Jazz critic, Nat Hentoff, as “brilliantly evocative”) has earned her numerous nominations from the CMA and ACMA, as well as the coveted award from the DJs of America for Best Female Vocalist. One of the few artists to have ever received a standing ovation on the Grand Ole Opry, Gail is a consummate performer who has played venues from the Ryman Auditorium with Del McCoury to Britain’s Royal Concert Hall with John Prine. She has appeared on The Today Show and Good Morning America, as a guest of the CBS television special, Women of Country, the TBS documentary, America’s Music and the BBC series, Lost Highways. She has been featured in Newsweek, Rolling Stone and USA Today and described by No Depression magazine as “One of Nashville’s most iconoclastic performers.”