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Fay Gauthier

Growing up in rural Massachusetts, Fay recalls always knowing she wanted to perform. With the encouragement of her parents, she and her six siblings all took up instruments. Fay learned piano and clarinet as a child and fondly remembers being surrounded by music. “I have very happy memories of my family singing together in long car rides and belting out Christmas carols every year in our living room. I remember singing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” with my father at a nursing home when I was three.”

Fay refined her stage presence performing in musicals and rock cover bands over the years but found her voice writing her own songs, developing her childhood skill of piano into a songwriting tool. After years of performing, Fay took a step back from music to focus more on acting, but says the desire to write and perform never left her. “I missed it. I’d been writing new songs, and filing them away in a folder. And the songs started calling to me louder and louder, until I couldn’t ignore them anymore.”

Categorizing her sound as “Pop with flavors of Jazz, Blues and spoken word,” Fay says she is continually influenced by what she listens to. Inspired by everything from Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles to old Jazz and American composition, Fay returns from her hiatus more confident in her sound than ever before. “I’m more comfortable with the idea that my music doesn’t necessarily fit into a very specific niche or genre.”

Her upcoming single “Be What You Are” was inspired by words from a casting director years ago. Fay hopes it will encourage her listeners to be true to themselves. “You’ve got to learn to be able to shake off rejection without letting it kill your spirit…not everybody is going to “get” you. But I’ve reached the point where I’m okay with that because I’m happy doing my thing for no other reason than it’s my thing. And it’s taken a while to get there.”

Much like the single, Fay’s upcoming full-length album “Firehead” follows the theme of her journey to embrace what makes her different. “Growing up with red hair is something that definitely makes you stand out. You get teased a ton when you’re a kid with red hair. And then you reach a certain point where it’s fun to be different. So again, the title is about embracing that.”

“Firehead” is set for release in 2017 and contains tracks written at many phases of Fay’s life, cataloging her journey to self-acceptance. “No More Lyin” is the first song Fay wrote as an adult, which she appreciates because “I’ve lived with it for so long.” Heartfelt tracks like “Goodbye”, inspired by the death of her long-time pet and “Living in A Daydream”, an ode to her childhood, follow the theme to perfectly depict Fay’s journey to where she is now as an artist and person.

Outside of music Fay continues to push herself creatively, writing a mystery novel and acting. “In my ideal future, I’ll be actively creating art that brings together my music, writing and acting. The key thing is staying creatively active. As long as I can do that I’m happy.”

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