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We find ourselves sitting down with genre bender and renegade singer/songwriter Fay Gauthier for this latest set of XXQs – her music an entertaining blend of pop, jazz, blues, even a touch of spoken wFay Gauthierunnamedord sensibilities. It’s a concoction you can sample for yourself on Fay’s latest album, Firehead. We asked Gauthier to tell us about the new songs – she said, “‘Shoulda Known Better’ has hip hop leanings. ‘Living In A Daydream’ has a country vibe. ‘Be What You Are’ was inspired by words from a casting director years ago. I hope it will encourage listeners to be true to themselves.” Check out Firehead when you click away to http://www.faygauthier.com/…after a real good read of the XXQs below.

XXQs: Fay Gauthier

PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what makes you stand out from others in your genre? 

Fay Gauthier (FG): My music is a blend of several genres. I usually say it’s pop with flavors of jazz, blues, and spoken word, but there are other influences as well. “Shoulda Known Better” has hip hop leanings. “Living In A Daydream” has a country vibe. What makes me different may be the degree to which my sound varies from one song to another.

PEV: What kind of music were you into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?

 

FG: I was the youngest of seven kids, so you name it, I listened to it. My older siblings introduced me to artists like Carole King, Chicago, Simon & Garfunkel, The Moody BluesPink FloydSteely DanThe Beatles, and The Doors.  I absolutely loved Queen.  Eurythmics, Journey, Tina TurnerRobert PalmerThe Police, Prince, The Kinks, The Cars, Van Morrison, U2, and Billy Joel were all big on my list. I do remember my first concert. It was Billy Joel at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. Wow! Thanks for that trip down memory lane.

PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene when you first started? What was your first show like?

 

FG: My first show was guest singing a couple cover songs with the band Phil and The Blanks, who I later officially joined. I was just happy to be on stage with other young musicians. It was purely for the love.

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Fay Gauthier show?

FG: Certainly a selection of songs from my new album Firehead. I’ll also be sneaking a bit of my improv/sketch character work into some of my shows.

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PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage to perform?

 

FG: Breathe. Have fun. There’s always a touch of nerves, but if it’s fun first, everything else finds its place. That’s pretty much my attitude about everything.

PEV: What is the best part about being on stage in front of an audience?

FG: The energy that comes from connecting with a live audience. It sounds counterintuitive, but it’s exhilarating and calming at the same time.

PEV: What is the underlying inspiration for your music?

FG: It can be the smallest thing…like a snippet of conversation that I overhear, a story I read in the newspaper, (yes, I still read the newspaper), or straight from events in my own life.

For more information, click to http://www.faygauthier.com/.

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Fay Gauthier Talks New Music & Her Genre-Fluid Style with MNGBlog

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As a multi-talented actress, writer, and singer, Fay Gauthier is an authentic creative who always finds inspiration in whatever she listens to.

Sunshiny and positive, Gauthier grew up in rural Massachusetts and has developed a unique "genre-fluid" style, as she calls it, that she has put into play on her new album Firehead.

Blending a variety of flavors like jazz, pop, blues, and even spoken word into one unified sound is not easy, but she succeeds in achieving the feat, especially with her latest collection. "No matter the genre, with little exception, all the songs fit a traditional verse, chorus, bridge structure, even if the bridge is sometimes a spoken word riff," she said. "So that, and the use of electronic loops combined with live instruments (trumpet, keys, guitar, cello, etc.) in the production, brings a cohesiveness to the sound."

Her latest singles "Be What You Are" and "Living in a Daydream," both extracts from Firehead, are powerful testaments to this genre-fluid style and to life and the journey that it truly is. "Be What You Are" was a phrase I took from a Casting Director in an acting class years ago," she revealed. "It stuck with me, not only as good advice for acting, but for life in general, so I was inspired to write a song around it."

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"Living In A Daydream," on the other hand, was inspired by her childhood and elegantly recaptures the playful innocence of simpler times. "'Living In A Daydream' is an ode to my youth," she said. "It's literally memories from my childhood put to music."

Through a down-to-earth approach and relatable lyrics, with Firehead, Gauthier shares a little glimpse into her own explorations in life and music while at the same time allowing her listeners to be transported back to their own stories and the moments that have come to shape who they are. "Because the album has twelve songs written from different stages in my life, the bigger theme is the journey to becoming who I am now," she explained. "Both singles tap into that--Be What You Are, with its message of self-acceptance, and Living In A Daydream with a sentimental nod to my roots and the innocence of a time long since passed."

Fay is currently working on writing and recording new songs and is playing shows around Los Angeles to support Firehead. Stream the album now on Spotify, and for all of Fay's latest news and updates, be sure to follow her on social media:

Facebook: facebook.com/faygauthiermusician

Twitter: @FayFayGauthier

Website: faygauthier.com

 

She Talks Music

FAY GAUTHIER – INTERVIEW

Saturday 2nd December 2017

Known for films such as Independents’ Day and Against The GrainFay Gauthier is also a talented musician who has just released her full length studio album “Firehead.” Being continually influenced by other musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles, the album is categorised as having a Pop vibe with flavours of Jazz, Blues and Spoken Word. Returning from hiatus, the new album reflects upon growing up and self acceptance. Speaking about her latest single from the release “Be What You Are,” Fay says that “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.” With much admiration I chat with Fay who tells me more about her journey.

Photo Credit: Mikel Healey

You have quite a background as a well-known actress, and have also been a musician for a number of years now, but what is it about music that made you decide to pursue it as a career? 

It’s the same impetus that drives me to want to act and write, the exploration of the creative process. The thing that’s so wonderful about music though, is that it’s a universal language, so it allows me to make a connection where the written or spoken word may not.

Your upcoming single “Be What You Are” was inspired by a conversation you had with a casting director. Could you tell me more about that?

Sure. I was in an acting class several years ago, and the teacher, who is a Casting Director, was expressing the importance of bringing our authentic selves to the characters we’re inhabiting, as opposed to drawing from some outside source. She literally said, “Be what you are people,” and it stuck, so I made it a song around it.  I think it’s sound advice for life in general.

What was the decision behind going on hiatus, and why did now feel like the right time to come back and put your next album out?

As acting became more of my priority, I set music aside. But I continued to write songs. Then, a couple years ago, I found myself really missing making music and wanting to put more out there. It was a feel thing, and I try to follow my instincts.

How do you feel you’ve developed as a musician over the years?

I feel like I’ve developed as a musician in concert with how I’ve developed as a person. I’m older and I’m more comfortable being myself as opposed to trying to be what someone else is looking for, so the music I’m making now reflects that.

Your album “Firehead” has been released for a few weeks now.  How have you found the response to the release so far?

It’s been great. We’ve had a good response on the college radio circuit. So we’ll try to expand on that now and get some live shows in and around LA to keep building on the momentum. 

How would you say the album compares to your previous material?

The subject material is a bit broader than that of my first CD, which was more about the drama and emotions that I experienced as a single person in my twenties. And the production on Firehead is more in line with my own musical sensibilities, since the Producers I worked with were really keen on collaboration.

The album takes us through your own journey of self-acceptance. How does it feel listening back knowing the songs represent certain periods in your life?

That’s an interesting question. I hadn’t really thought about it. It feels good. You know, I was driving between auditions today, reflecting on my life, almost in disbelief that I moved here fourteen years ago and how much has changed in that time. I live in a beautiful part of the world, met and married a wonderful man, and I’m doing what I love. Life is pretty darn good. And that’s kind of the same perspective I have about looking back at certain periods of my life.  There were rough patches, but all of it led to me being where I am and who I am right now. And I’m grateful for that. 

You mention about reaching a point in your life that realizing being different is fun and embracing that. Would you say you’ve faced struggles along the way, and at what moment did your perceptions change?

My struggles have been really benign in comparison to those of many people, and I’m very aware of how lucky I’ve been. But there have certainly been challenging phases in my life. Embracing and having fun with what makes me different happened gradually. It was a process no doubt assisted by these challenging phases and the introspection that got me through them, but also just from getting older and having more life experience. And I hope my perceptions continue to get challenged and change because that’s an essential part of being human.

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Could you tell me about your writing process? Being a solo artist do you have anyone to bounce ideas from, and how do you know when a song is ready?

Well I usually just get inspired by something I read or a conversation. Sometimes in my car I’ll get a musical phrase in my head that sticks, and then I’ll build off of that when I get home. Otherwise I’ll sit at the keyboard and just play around a bit until an idea comes that I can run with. I usually bounce my ideas off my husband, but I like to have them pretty fully developed before I share them. As for when I know a song is ready, it’s just a sense.  But even if I think it’s ready, I’ll put it aside for a bit and then revisit it later just to make sure I still feel the same.

What do you get up to outside of music and acting; are there any hobbies in particular that you enjoy?

I love to get outdoors in nature where I can breathe some fresh air, so I’m a big fan of hiking. I also play some tennis. And right now I’m using an app to learn Spanish.

Connect with Fay Gauthier via her WebsiteTwitter and Instagram.

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Interview With Fay Gauthier! (@FayFayGauthier)

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How did you get started in the music industry?

I got started back when I was living in Boston doing mostly cover tunes in a rock band. Eventually that led to working on my own songs and recording my first CD as a solo artist.

Who are your musical inspirations?

There are so many artists I find inspirational, but Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone are two of my favorite singers of all time.

How would you describe your sound?

Eclectic. I incorporate a lot of different genres. I say it’s Pop with Jazz flavors to simplify, but there are also Blues, Country and even some Hip Hop influences, depending on the song.

Can you tell us about your single “Be What You Are”?

Sure. It’s a song about embracing who you are and what you choose to do with your life.  I wrote it around the time I was giving up my corporate sales job to pursue my creative passions full time here in LA. It’s a celebratory song of self expression and the “Poppiest” song on the CD.

How will your next single “Living in a Daydream” differ from your current single?

Where Be What You Are is high energy with lots of brass and bass grooves,

Living In A Daydream is a guitar based ballad, with a laid back Country vibe. And where Be What You Are is about embracing who and what you are right now, the lyrics of Living In A Daydream come from my memories of a much simpler time long ago.

Do you have any upcoming projects that your fans can look forward to?

Yes. I’m releasing the full CD—“Firehead”—September 5th. Also the music video for Be What You Are will be coming out in September.  And I’ve been working on a couple new songs that I’ll be releasing later this year.

What are your social media accounts so we can follow you?

Thank you! I’m on Facebook as Facebook/FayGauthierMusician, Twitter as FayFayGauthier and Instagram as Fay Gauthier.  My website is www.faygauthier.com.

Upfront NY

Interview with Fay Gauthier

 

Fay Gauthier has a wide range of musical influences. Her new album, “Firehead” is inspired by different phases of her life. Her upcoming single is titled, “Be What You Are.” Get to know the singer/songwriter.

 

 

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upfrontNY: I like the message behind your latest single, “Be What You Are.” Can you tell our readers the background of how that song came to be?

Fay Gauthier: Thank you! Sure thing. I was in an acting class where the Casting Director told us, “Be what you are, people. Be what you are.” The words stuck with me, and I wrote the song around that theme—being authentic and embracing who you are.

 

upfrontNY: Your next single “Living in a Daydream” will be released soon. What can you tell us about that new song?

Fay Gauthier: It’s an ode to my childhood, pure and simple.  From the banana curls my friend Donna used to have, to the Big Wheels we raced up and down the driveway, to not locking the door– all the images captured in the lyrics are taken straight from the memories of my youth and simpler times.

 

upfrontNY: You describe your sound as “pop with flavors of Jazz, Blues and spoken word.” How did that combination of different genres of music come about?

Fay Gauthier: I’ve never been able to limit myself to one genre. It’s not a specific choice so much as just rolling with the feel of the song as it comes to me.

 

upfrontNY: Aside from music, what are your favorite hobbies?

Fay Gauthier: Poker. Hiking. Hanging with my four-legged kids. Harassing my husband. And travelling, when I get the chance.

 

upfrontNY: What has been your greatest challenge while pursuing a career in music?

Fay Gauthier: Giving up the security of a corporate job to pursue my passions was probably the biggest challenge, because it meant convincing myself that I was capable of making that change at a time in my life when I was making a pretty comfortable living.

 

upfrontNY:  What has been your greatest reward so far in your career?

Fay Gauthier: The ability to use my imagination to create something that resonates with others. Whether it’s songwriting, acting or writing, I love having that connection.

 

upfrontNY: Your new album, “Firehead” is being released soon, what was your favorite part about creating this album?

Fay Gauthier: The collaboration was my favorite part. Writing is a solitary task, and it has its own appeal. But experiencing the evolution of a song from what I’ve written to what the listener will eventually hear on the record, because of the talent and vision of the musicians and producers, is magical.

 

upfrontNY: What producers or songwriters would you like to work with in the future?

Fay Gauthier: I’d like to give a shout out first to the spectacular producers whose sweat and talent went into making Firehead –Grant Nicholas, Rick Ward and Teddy Jacobs—love, love love.  I haven’t thought about future collaborations, but I am in awe of John Brion. It would be amazing to work with him.

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Fay Gauthier releases newest single “Be What You Are”

NEW ALBUM "Firehead" Release date: September 5, 2017

What got you started in music? How old were you and what was your first instrument you learned?

I grew up surrounded my music. I was the youngest of seven kids, and everyone either sang or played an instrument. I started singing with my family in a nursing home around age four. When my parents bought our house, it came with two things—a giant rock in the basement and bulky player piano. They signed me up for piano lessons when they heard me picking out songs by ear when I was seven.

Briefly explain how you feel you have grown as an artist over time. Both in music and in acting!

I spent a lot of years working in the corporate world, doing what some would call a “real job”, so I think the biggest growth has been getting my head to the place of believing that I can make a living acting and doing music. Part of that meant learning to be less self-critical.


Who were some of your influences in music growing? Who do you listen to now?

Because I had so many older siblings, I had a wide range of influences.  I practically wore out the needle on our record player listening to the Beatles’ The Red Album.  Carol King, Billy Joel, Queen, The Doors, Ella Fitzgerald, Van Morrison, Nina Simone were some other favorites.  I still like a wide range of music. Lately I’ve been listening to the French singer Albin De La Simone. It’s been a long time since I’ve been out of the country. I think I’m due! 

What drew you to the roles you have played in theater and film?

I’m definitely drawn to playing strong, intelligent, independent women.  I love that we’re starting to see more women in positions of power in TV and film.

Outside of your career, what are some of your hobbies and things you like to do for fun or to relax?

Hiking, playing poker, going to the movies. And I do the crossword puzzle mostly every day.

What was the writing process like behind your single “Be What You Are”?

The title and chorus was inspired by words spoken by a Casting Director in an acting class I took several years ago.  The rest of the song sort of wrote itself once I sat down at the piano. I was pretty jazzed up about leaving my corporate job to act and do music.

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

Firehead will be released in September, so my plans revolve around supporting the CD—performing live in and around LA.  We’re also releasing the music video for Be What You Are. I’d love to put out a couple more videos before year end.


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Fay Gauthier

Multi-talented Musical Artist, Actress and Writer Fay Gauthier Talks Music and More

 

Fay Gauthier is a phenomenal artist! We had an opportunity to chat with her about her music and song Be What You Are. Check out the interview below.

Hi, Fay! Tell us what inspired your song Be What You Are?

Hi! Be What You Are was inspired by the words of a Casting Director in an acting class I took a few years back. She was urging us to develop our characters by drawing from our own unique selves, as opposed to trying to create a character externally. The phrase stuck with me and it became this song.

Tell us about your writing process.

Sometimes a phrase, like “Be what you are” just grabs me and I’ll build around it. Ideas often come to me when I’m driving. I’ll pull over, record a melody or lyric line on my phone, and develop it later. Sometimes I’m inspired by something I’ve read. Other times I’ll just plop myself in front of the keyboard with no idea in mind, and let the muses guide me. Usually, when I do this I’ll sniff out a melody and the words follow.

Do you agree that your music is a fusion of different genres?

Yes, definitely. And I used to fight the idea because I thought it would confuse people, but now I just embrace it.

How do you maintain a level of high-energy for each performance?

Well, I’m just now getting prepared to start performing live again to promote the CD, as opposed to working on tracks in the studio, so it’s funny you ask that. I was much younger the last time I performed live and took my energy for granted. Now I’m actually paying more attention to eating healthier, getting proper sleep and keeping hydrated—you know, the boring stuff you don’t think about till you get a little more…ahem… mature.

Tell us about your upcoming album Firehead.

It’s a project made from pure love. It brings together a variety of genre-bending songs, written during different phases of my life, made into recordings by different but equally fabulous producers, and yet somehow it all miraculously came together very naturally. I’m very excited to put it out there come September.

Growing up, what songs inspired you?

Being the youngest of seven kids, I was exposed to a lot of different music, so that’s a long list. Stevie Wonder’s You Can Feel It All Over, Carole King’s It’s Too Late, Pretender’s Brass in Pocket, Billy Joel’s The Longest Time, and the Eagles’ Hotel California are some specific standouts.

Do you draw from personal experiences to create your music?

Sometimes my own yes, and sometimes it’s a friend’s or even a stranger’s experience. I’ll read something that moves me and it sparks a song idea.

Your lyrics are touching! What is the most important aspect of songwriting for you?

I’m a bit of a lyric freak, so thank you so much for saying that! When I’m working on a song, there’s a feeling I get, an emotional energy of sorts, that tells me I’m on track. Once I find that sweet spot, what’s important for me is to sustain it, no matter what changes I make structurally or lyrically. It usually means not overthinking it.

What is the biggest misconception about being a singer?

I can’t speak for other singers but I’ve run into people who assume because I’m a singer I’m also a dancer. And I’m definitely not, though I wish I had that skill.

What is your most favorite performance in your career to date?

Once, I was on a business trip in San Antonio, and my colleagues dragged me into a piano bar on the River Walk and asked the pianist to let me sing a song. “Me & Bobby McGee” used to be my go-to cover song, and I liked that it was a song everyone could sing along to, so that’s what I chose. Somewhere in the middle of my performance people started throwing things at me. At first, I thought, “oh my God they hate me”, but then I realized they were throwing crumpled up dollar bills. It was an amazing thing, being embraced by a bunch of strangers like that. But that’s the power of music.

List the 5 things you need to have with you on a stage.

1) Water, cuz, well, hydration.

2) A sense of humor, cuz it’s live and anything can happen.

3) Great musicians, cuz they make a performance pop and it’d be lonely on stage without them.

4) Gratitude–for the crowd, the venue, the musicians, the opportunity to perform–cuz without any of these things I’d be stuck singing in the shower or to my cats.

5) A backup microphone, cuz, stuff happens.

Do you have any upcoming projects that we haven’t mentioned?

The CD release is my big upcoming project, but I’ve been back in the studio recording a couple new songs that I’m excited about. Also, the music video for “Be What You Are,” which I had a blast shooting, will be coming out with my release.

Complete this sentence, if I had an opportunity to change anything, I would change ___________.

Hatred into kindness.— That, and I’d change my husband to want the sheets tucked in at the foot of the bed. No joke. It’s a constant battle.

Website: http://www.faygauthier.com

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Nerd Problems

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Rising Music Sensation Fay Gauthier

Fay Gauthier may be a name you recognize from many different aspects of the entertainment industry. Having dipped her toes into acting, writing, and music, she’s kind of done it all. We got to talk with her about her brand new single Be What You Are, upcoming album, and what is coming up next.

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KRISTIN: You have a lot of experience in many parts of entertainment; music, acting, and writing. How did you get involved in all these different aspects?

FAY: I always had an interest in all three. I sang as a child, but there wasn’t really an outlet to explore acting where I grew up. When I finished college, I started taking voice lessons, and on my teacher’s recommendation, I got involved in the community theater scene in Massachusetts. Once I moved to LA, I got more serious about acting. I took classes and started booking commercials and small roles. Ultimately my acting led to exploring my long dormant interest in writing. I’d received some positive feedback on sketches and scenes I’d written in classes, and I re-discovered how much I enjoy it.

 
KRISTIN: What made you select Be What You Are as your new single?

FAY: We felt the song captured the essence of the album, in that being who I am musically means not boxing myself in to a specific genre.

 
KRISTIN: Following this single will be your full length album Firehead. Tell us about the process of putting this album together.

FAY: I actually didn’t start out with the intention of doing an album. The industry has changed so much since the last album I put out, that I was leaning towards releasing individual songs. But Rick, one of my producers, convinced me that for touring, marketing, etc. it was better to make a comprehensive product. I’m glad he did because I’m thrilled with how it came out.

 
KRISTIN: How did you pick which songs made the cut? Did you have a specific sound you were going for?

FAY: We took a look at all my songs, old and new, including some I’d previously recorded. We had already laid down a few tracks before we decided to make an album, and based off those songs, we chose other songs that would work well stylistically. Two of those, No More Lyin’ and Exposed, were on my first album “Comic Strip”, but we gave them fresh arrangements.

 
KRISTIN: How would you describe the sound of this album?

FAY: A multi-genre mix of pop/rock, jazz, and spoken word.

 
KRISTIN: When is this album releasing?

FAY: The official release date is September 5th.

 
KRISTIN: With the album coming out, what is up next for you? More music? Other projects with acting or writing?

FAY: Yes, yes and yes. I’ve been writing and recording new songs, including my first co-writing venture with one of my producers. And I’m almost finished with the first draft of my mystery novel, which I’ll be adapting to a screenplay.

 
KRISTIN: Where can we keep up with you and all your work online? Do you hold a social media presence?

FAY: My website (faygauthier.com) and my Facebook page

 

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Interview: Fay Gauthier discusses new single and her upcoming album

By: Brittany Frederick AXS Contributor Jun 2, 2017
 
Interview: Fay Gauthier discusses new single and her upcoming album

 

Singer and songwriter Fay Gauthier has just released her new single "Be What You Are", which is also the first single from her next album Firehead that she expects to release before the end of the year. That will be her first album since 2006's Comic Strip, so it's been a long journey to new music for the Massachusetts native. Gauthier connected with AXS for an email interview to talk about the intent behind the new single and what audiences can expect from Firehead when it arrives. Listen to "Be What You Are" by using the media player included with this article and get to know her more below.

AXS: You've now spent more than a decade as a musician. Where did the journey start for you?

Fay Gauthier: I’ve always been musical. We grew up with a piano in the house and I was able to pick out songs by ear and sing as a child. My dad played the guitar, and all of my siblings picked up one instrument or another. I’m from a large family [with] seven kids so summer vacation usually meant camping somewhere. One of our favorite spots was in Maine. We’d sing songs to pass the time in the long car rides. As far as it being a career choice—that has come much later. I had a career in sales for many years, and it was great for making a steady income, but it was soul-sucking after a while.

AXS: So what then made you commit to music as your full-time career?

FG: There were two things that helped nudge me towards taking music seriously. First was a car accident I had in my late twenties. I fell asleep driving, and totaled the car. Miraculously I wasn’t seriously injured, but I was shaken. And it made me think about how fleeting life can be, and how important it is to value what time we have on this planet. That’s what prompted me to get working on my first CD. The other thing that gave me a nudge was dream I had, where an older woman screamed at me for among other things, not being “discriminating." It was such a pointed and vivid dream I couldn’t ignore it. My interpretation of it was that she was my future self trying to redirect me from how I was spending my time to following my passions, instead of just making a living. It was soon after that, that I quit my job and decided to pursue my creative interests full time. I haven’t looked back.

AXS: You're an artist who has many different ways of making music. What kinds of methods do you use to create your songs?

FG: If I sit down to write a song with no specific inspiration in mind, I’ll sit at the keyboard and start playing a few chords. Ultimately a melody will come, sometimes with lyrics at the same time, sometimes just the melody and I’ll write the lyrics later. Often, I’ll craft a working version of the song on Garage Band. I prefer to be in a quiet space when I write, so I can be open to the muses without distraction.  Other times, I’ll be inspired by an interaction I’ve had with someone or a conversation, and a phrase will stick with me. That’s how "Be What You Are", the first single from my upcoming CD, came about. It was a phrase that a casting director said in an acting class I was taking. It became the title, theme, and chorus of the song.

AXS: What can we say about what's on the rest of your upcoming album?

FG: The thing that stands out most to me about the album is its variety. Even though the songs all loosely fit under the pop umbrella, there are a lot of other flavors in the mix, including jazz, hip hop, spoken word, etc. “Living in A Daydream," which is an ode to my childhood, has a pop-country feel. “To One In Paradise," an Edgar Allan Poe poem I wrote music to, has heavy percussion, Middle Eastern and Latin flavors. But as different as some of the songs are from one another, I think they all come together in the context of the album. It doesn’t feel haphazard or clumsy to me. I’m very proud of it. I love being open to whatever arrangement the song evokes.

AXS: Is there anything in particular you want music fans to take away from the new record?

FG: I took a roundabout route to get to living a life I’m passionate about. Putting out my music is one way I’m able to share the joy that comes from that, so my first hope is that people enjoy my music. And while it’s not my specific objective to convey a message, if a song like “Be What You Are," which reflects my choice to change the course of my life, speaks to a listener, or otherwise inspires someone in a positive way, all the better.

"Be What You Are" is now available on iTunes.

For more on Fay Gauthier, visit her official website.

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An Interview With The Songstress, FAY On Her Return to Music With Her Forthcoming EP ‘Firehead’!

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Who is Fay Gauthier? She is a creative: a wondrously mercurial, smart, multi-talented musical artist, actress and writer.

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.

Simply put, Fay hopes to enter this phase of her life focused on making a living writing, creating and performing. “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.”

Learn more about Fay in the following All Access interview:

Thanks for your time! What are some words you would use to describe 2016 for you and your music? How is 2017 treating you?  

Thank you for your interest! Two words for sure: magical and serendipitous. I had the good fortune to work with a wonderfully talented group of people to turn words and symbols on a page into music. Hard to beat that. As for 2017, I’m enjoying putting together the album artwork and planning the release, but I wish I could slow the year down just a bit. I feel like I went to sleep in January and woke up in May.

Where does this interview find you today? Is there music playing in the background? If so, what is it? 

I’m working from home today, and yes, there actually is music in the background, but it’s not music I would normally be listening to. We’re having our roof fixed and the workers are listening to Norteño music on a small radio  You gotta love an accordion!

Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory? Could you see yourself doing anything else today? 

I always loved to sing. And I had an ear for music and harmonies from an early age.  But I also wanted to act. So when I was a kid, I would say that I wanted to be a “performer”. In my mind that covered both interests. My earliest musical memory is singing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” at a nursing home with my father when I was three or four.  As for doing anything else, I’m still acting and writing, but it’s safe to say I can’t see myself doing anything that doesn’t involve creative work.

I’ve read that you are now getting back into music after a hiatus so I’m curious how the time away from it all affected you musically? Did you sing or write songs at all while you stepped away from the limelight? How do you think you are a different musician today because of the break?

I did take a hiatus from recording and performing music, but I continued to write songs.  And I got back to taking voice lessons –this time with a classical approach—working on pieces by Gabriel Fauré and Mozart, for example, which took me totally out of my comfort zone.  I think I’m a different musician today mainly because I’m at a totally different point in my life.

Since my last CD, I got married and well, I don’t want to say that I got old per se, but I certainly got older!  Perhaps the biggest change that comes with that is that I’m focused on enjoying the space I’m in right now, instead of some elusive space I’m striving to get to.

What was it like putting together your upcoming album, “Firehead”? Did anything surprise you about the process? How long did it take to complete it?

I actually didn’t start out thinking I was making an album. I was just happy to be recording songs again. And after recording a few, with the guidance of my production team, the conversation and focus shifted away from individual songs to making an album.  I think the surprise was realizing how much I missed making music. When I write songs, I’m sort of in a self-imposed vacuum.   But once I start the actual recording and putting the arrangement together and brainstorming with my producers, there’s a whole different level of excitement that comes with that that I had forgotten.  It’s so incredibly satisfying to see a song materialize into what you hear blasting back at you from the booth when you’re collaborating with talented people whose ear you trust. It was a little over a year in the making.

What was the inspiration for your upcoming single, “Be What You Are”? Do you have plans to make videos for all of the songs on your album?

Soon after I moved to Los Angeles, I took an on camera acting class with a Casting Director.  While emphasizing the need to be truthful in terms of how we approach character, she said “Be what you are people.” Her words stuck, and inspired the song. As for videos, I’ve got some ideas cooking and have talked to some interested collaborators, but we haven’t started anything concrete yet.

Who are some of your very favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? What musicians would you absolutely love to work with in the future? 

Oh my, that’s a long list, and I’m always finding new artists that inspire.  But some of my absolute living favorites include Fiona Apple, David Byrne, Regina Spektor and Beck. I admire how unique they are and how they explore and bend genres. And, just last year I discovered Laura Mvula’s album Sing to the Moon. It’s so lush and beautiful it blows me away.  I’d absolutely love to work with any of them.

At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people take away from your songs? 

Whether it’s joy, or sentimentality, or just a desire to get up and dance, I hope my music makes people feel something.  If I can reach through the distractions of modern living with a song that resonates with someone, somehow, I’ll feel like I’ve contributed something positive, because with connection comes empathy, and I feel like we need more of that these days.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?

Um…I love cilantro. I think male rompers are silly. (But if you’re a man, wearing rompers while reading this interview, I’m sure you’re rocking it.)  And, in the spirit of connecting, drop by my Facebook musician page—faygauthier/@faygauthiermusician and say hello.