Gayla Smith, vocalist, pianist,guitarist, bassist, and composer, has performed in central Ohio for over three decades and has also shared her talents with audiences in Milwaukee, Nashville, New York, Washington D.C.,Key West, St.Thomas, and Nassau. In 2008-2009 Gayla was hired by Carnival Cruise lines as a piano bar entertainer on The Carnival Glory playing in their posh Cinn-a-Bar. In spring of 2009, Gayla was hired to play bass guitar and for the well-seasoned, hard driving rock band, Soul Drive, also performing on Carnival's Glory. Gayla has since performed on the Carnival Splendor, Liberty and Valor. Most recently she was hired by Disney Cruise Lines to perform in their Sessions Lounge on the Disney Magic, rated the number one favorite of cruisers by Conde Nast 2013. She followed on the Disney Wonder, also very highly rated by seasoned cruisers subscribing to Conde Nast. Gayla was the featured piano bar entertainer in the new "Keys" Lounge on the Disney Magic for it’s inaugural voyage celebrating it’s highly publicized “reimaginined” renovation in the fall of 2013. She most recently followed up with a very successful contract on the Disney Fantasy, also voted the number one cruise ship experience by Conde Nast cruisers, 2014.
Some of the central Ohio venues hosting Gayla's performances include: The Governor's Mansion for the State of Ohio, The Buckeye Lake Yacht Club, Gatsbys in Gahanna, Smith & Wollensky, Fat Cats Pizza, Seton Fest, The State House, The Scioto Country Club, The New Albany Country Club, The Hilton Columbus at Easton, Lindy’s in German Village, Marietta Boat Club, Stache and Little Brothers, Club Diversity, The Hyatt Regency, The Jefferson Country Club, The Copper Penny, Weldon’s Ice Cream Factory, Mirror Lake Café Ohio State Campus, The Galley in Marietta Ohio, PaPa Boo's, Midway Tap, Smitty’s On The Lake, The View (Island House), Franklin Park Conservatory, Oktoberfest in Genoa Park, Wyandotte Winery, The Buckeye Lake Winery, The Muirfield Country Club, Poliaris Summer Music Series, Brookfield Country Club, The Hilton Short North, The Ivory Room One Miranova Place, Big Lots Golf Open, Dave's Kids (Dave Thomas Adoption Foundation) event, The Columbus Arts Festival, The Davis Shai House, Dawes Arboretum, Athletic Club of Columbus, Hidden Lakes Winery and many others.
Gayla has a versatile style with a song list that ranges everywhere from Adele to Sinatra. She has been described by her followers as having “the voice of an angel” and is equally admired as an accomplished pianist/guitarist.
Gayla currently resides in the Columbus, Ohio area where she works as a visual artist and plays trio, duo and solo pop, rock, and jazz performances. Additionally, Gayla performs voice-over work as well as dramatic roles in local television commercials. She also composes and records her own original music.