A winner of Earshot Golden Ear Awards' "Northwest Vocalist of the Year," Gail Pettis boasts rich, warm vocals and understated phrasing that have inspired comparisons to Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughn and Carmen McRae.
Gail inherited a passion for jazz from her family while growing up in Gary, Indiana. Over the years, her desire for creative expression fueled an exploration of instrumental performance and dance, exposing her to many other styles of music; however vocal jazz remains her first love. Now residing in Seattle, she continues to draw inspiration from these diverse influences and enjoys sharing her unique talent with listeners at home and abroad. Most recently, she was artist-in-residence at the Amersfoort Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, performing with the New Manhattan Big Band and with Eddie Conard and the Dutch Jazz Cats on the mainstage and other venues in Amersfoort and Harderwijk. Included on this tour was a stop in Kobe, Japan to perform as a guest artist at Kobe's annual Jazz Vocal Queen Competition as First Place winner of the Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition. Closer to home, Gail's smooth, engaging style garners consistent praise from enthusiastic audiences in the region's finest jazz establishments.
In addition to public and private engagements, Gail enjoys spending time in the studio. Her voice-over work has been heard on radio and television commercials. Her debut CD, "May I Come In ?", was released to an enthusiastic audience in August 2007 on the OA2 Record label, and received national airplay, such as on XM Satellite Radio and Music Choice television. The CD was nominated for Earshot Golden Ear "2007 Northwest Recording of the Year".
In late 2009, Gail released Here In the Moment, another wonderful collection of standards.
portions of biography courtesy of Gail Pettis