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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, opened for McGuffey Lane at 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, Club Diversity in German Village, Oktoberfest in Genoa Park, Wyandotte Winery, The Buckeye Lake Winery, Vittoria’s Ristorante, The Muirfield Country Club, Poliaris Summer Music Series, The Columbus Arts Festival, The Davis Shai House, Dawes Arboretum, and many others.

Gayla has a versatile style with a song list that ranges everywhere from Billie Holliday to Bruno Mars. 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 (she received certification for voice-over artistry studying with Columbus, Ohio’s Susan Andre) as well as dramatic roles in local television commercials. She also composes and records her own original music. 

Songlist

A SONG FOR YOU LEON RUSSEL
AFTER YOU’VE GONE STANDARD
AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH MICHAEL MCDONALD
AIN’T NO SUNSHINE BILL WITHERS
ALL SUMMER LONG KID ROCK
AMERICAN PIE DON MCLEAN
ANGEL OF THE MORNING JUICE NEWTON
ANTICIPATION CARLY SIMON
AS TIME GOES BY STANDARD
AT LAST ETTA JAMES
BAD MOON RISING CCR
BEAT GOES ON SONNY & CHER
BLACKBIRD BEATLES
BLACK HORSE AND A CHERRY TREE
BOTH SIDES NOW JONI MITCHELL
BROWN EYED GIRL VAN MORRISON
CANDLE IN THE WIND ELTON JOHN
CAN’T FIND MY WAY HOME TRAFFIC/ALISON KRAUSE
CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE ELVIS
CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS TODD RUNDGREN
CHAIN CHAIN CHAIN ARETHA FRANKLIN
CHANGE WOULD DO YOU GOOD SHERYL CROW
COME MONDAY JIMMY BUFFET
COME TO MY WINDOW MELISSA ETHRIDGE
COUNTRY ROADS JOHN DENVER
CRAZY GNARLES BARKLEY
CROCODILE ROCK ELTON JOHN
DAYDREAM BELIEVER MONKEES
DESPERADO EAGLES/LINDA RONDSTAT
DOCTOR MY EYES JACKSON BROWNE
DOG AND THE BUTTERFLY HEART
DOWNTOWN PETULA CLARK
DON’T GO BREAKIN MY HEART ELTON JOHN & KIKI DEE
DON'T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME ELTON JOHN
EVERYDAY I GOT THE BLUES STANDARD
FAMILY TRADITION HANK WILLIAMS JUNIOR
FIRE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
FIRE AND RAIN JAMES TAYLOR
FOLSOM PRISON BLUES JOHNNY CASH
FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES GARTH BROOKS
GEORGIA RAY CHARLES
GIVE A LITTLE BIT GOO GOO DOLLS/SUPERTRAMP
GONE DADDY GONE GNARLES BARKLEY/VIOLENT FEMMES
GOOD MORNING HEARTACHE BILLIE HOLIDAY
GREAT BALLS OF FIRE JERRY LEE LEWIS
I CAN’T MAKE YOU LOVE ME BONNIE RAITT
I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE CAROLE KING
I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE TEMPTATIONS
IF I WERE A CARPENTER WILLIE NELSON & SHERYL CROW
I'M A BELIEVER THE MONKEES
IT’S TOO LATE CAROLE KING
JAILHOUSE ROCK ELVIS
JET PLANE JOHN DENVER/PETER PAUL & MARY
JOY TO THE WORLD THREE DOG NIGHT
KILLING ME SOFTLY ROBERTA FLACK
LANDSLIDE STEVIE NICKS/DIXIE CHICKS
LEROY BROWN JIM CROCE
LIGHTS JOURNEY
LIVIN' ON A PRAYER BON JOVI
LOVE SONG SARA BARIELLES
LOVE WILL KEEP US ALIVE EAGLES
LUCILLE KENNY ROGERS
MARGARITAVILLE JIMMY BUFFET
MARY JANE TOM PETTY
ME AND BOBBY MCGEE JANIS JOPLIN
MEMORY ANDREW LLOYD WEBER
MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA GLADYS KNIGHT
MISTY STANDARD
MOONDANCE VAN MORRISON
MONEY BEATLES
MUSTANG SALLY VARIOUS
MY FUNNY VALENTINE STANDARD
NATURAL WOMAN ARETHA FRANKLIN/CAROLE KING
OLD TIME ROCK AND ROLL BOB SEGER
ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG BILLY JOEL
PEACEFUL EASY FEELING EAGLES
PIANO MAN BILLY JOEL
PICTURE KID ROCK/SHERYL CROW
PIECE OF MY HEART FAITH HILL
POOR POOR PITIFUL ME LINDA RONDSTAT/WARREN ZEVON
RING OF FIRE JOHNNY CASH
ROCK AND ROLL LED ZEPPLIN
RUBY TUESDAY ROLLING STONES
ROSE BETTE MIDLER
ROUTE 66 STANDARD
RUNNING ON EMPTY JACKSON BROWNE
SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED MICHAEL MCDONALD
SITTING ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY OTIS REDDING
SMACKWATER JACK CAROLE KING
SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL BUDDY GUY
SON OF A PREACHER MAN DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
STAND BY YOUR MAN TAMMY WYNETTE
STOP DRAGGIN' MY HEART AROUND STEVIE NICKS/T PETTY
STRAY CAT STRUT STRAY CATS
SUNNY DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
SWEET CAROLINE NEIL DIAMOND
SWEET HOME ALABAMA LYNYRD SYNYRD
TAKE IT EASY EAGLES
TAKIN’ IT TO THE STREETS DOOBIE BROTHERS
THIS MASQUERADE GEORGE BENSON
THE FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST SHERYL CROW
THE LETTER JOE COCKER
THE WEIGHT ARETHA FRANKLIN
THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKIN SIMPSON/SINATRA
TIME AFTER TIME CYNDI LAUPER
TINY DANCER ELTON JOHN
TO LOVE SOMEBODY BEE GEES
UNCHAINED MELODY STANDARD
WAITING ON THE WORLD TO CHANGE JON MAYER
WALKIN’ AFTER MIDNIGHT PATSY CLINE
WALKING IN MEMPHIS DIAMOND RIO/MARC COHN
WHAT'D I SAY RAY CHARLES
WHO'S CRYING NOW JOURNEY
WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T GO HOME BON JOVI
WIND BENEATH MY WINGS BETTE MIDLER
WILD WORLD CAT STEVENS
WOODSTOCK JONI MITCHELL
YOU GOTTA BE DESIREE
YOU NEVER EVEN CALL ME BY MY NAME DAVID ALLEN COE
YOU’RE SO VAIN CARLY SIMON
YOUR SONG ELTON JOHN
100 YEARS TO LIVE FIVE FOR FIGHTING

This songlist is continually changing and being updated.

Gayla Smith Trio

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