EXCLUSIVE: GAYLE Chats Label Debut “abcdefu”

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Last time we talked with rising Nashville artist, GAYLE, she was fresh off the release of her R&B pop banger, “orange peel.” Since then, her bold and raw confessional style has caught the attention of Atlantic Records and launched her into the next phase of her musical career. 

Her latest release and label debut “abcdefu,” is a creatively titled track that serves as an f you to a bad mouthing ex, and is accompanied by a revenge road trip official visual. 

GAYLE has released three alternate versions, “demo,” “chill,” and “angrier” that give the story three different sounds and perspectives.

We chatted with GAYLE about the single, her newly inked record deal, and more! 

First off, I want to congratulate you on your signing to Atlantic Records, which is also the late Aretha Franklin’s label! How does it feel to be signed to the same label as one of your musical inspirations? 

It’s such an honor to be able to say that I’m a part of the Atlantic family. It’s something I’ve been dreaming of ever since I was a little kid and it still blows my mind that Atlantic Records actually noticed me and then decided to sign me. I’m so extremely grateful and I’m very excited to start telling my story with the help of Atlantic Records.

You just released your label debut “abcdefu,” how did you go about writing the music and lyrics? 

I wrote this song with Sara Davis and Dave Pittenger and it was such a fun time! It was the second time we had all worked together, and the first song we wrote together was a love song funny enough. Sara and I were definitely in the mood to write something bitchy and Dave was definitely able to deliver. 

Did you expect the viral response to the clip on Tik Tok

I try not to have any expectations when creating and putting out music and just being grateful for the results. Especially when the video I posted was just me with a guitar singing in my bathroom. I definitely did NOT expect that type of video to get almost two million views it was such a shock for me, but I’m very grateful.

Where did the concept for the video come from? 

Honestly, I just thought it would be funny if my friends and I broke into my ex’s house and filmed it and the idea just went on from there. 

The video is so fun to watch! What was it like to film it?

The video was so much fun to film. I can say that I’ve never had a cake fight and then take a shower (fully clothed) with my friends until now. We kept saying “guys I feel like we’re in a music video right now”. it was such a joyful experience filming “abcdefu.” 

If you could set your fans up in the perfect environment to listen to “abcdefu,” what do you imagine it would look like? 

In your car, probably pissed off haha. 

How do you hope people feel after listening to your music? 

I hope that they feel empowered to be more comfortable and excepting of themselves and their emotions.

What can we expect from your upcoming debut project?

The unexpected 🙂

What can fans look forward to next?

“abcdefu” is going to see a few new lights and I’m very excited about it. 

Don’t miss GAYLE on tour with Winnetka Bowling League this Fall!

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