Singer-songwriter, Gypsy with her band "The Merry Mystics" create a unique sound of folk, pop and rock stemming from Gypsy's rich musical upbringing of Americana roots music. Her songs channel her deep life experiences through poetic lyrics and lilting, beautiful vocals. Growing up in a musical family, Gypsy wrote her first song at the age of five after hearing many of Mom and Dad's living room "jam sessions" with the likes of Tag Lambert (lead guitarist for Bob Wills), and others. Gypsy was inspired to pursue the life of a musical artist after hearing her Mom's recordings on the local country stations in Arizona. Also, Gypsy's uncle Don Rollins wrote the smash hit, "The Race Is On" recorded by George Jones, Ricky Nelson and The Grateful Dead. Writing is in her blood and deep in her heart.
After attending ASU majoring in theatre arts, Gypsy was accepted into The National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York. She then moved to Greenwich Village and began singing at local clubs and open mics, then moved to L.A. to pursue a career in music and film. She continued to write and record songs, and eventually joined the pop trio, Angels of Ecstasy with Kelly Sullivan and Astrid Plane (formerly of Animotion). She and Kelly went on to form Zuzu's Petalz, performing their music in LA clubs. Shortly thereafter, Gypsy went solo.
Gypsy's has recently released her 2nd album entitled “There’s Still Hope”. That and her debut album, "Heart of a Traveling Wind" are flavored with the guest performances of many talented musicians, including Ed Tree (Spencer Davis), Martyn LeNoble (Jane's Addiction), Tony Sales (David Bowie), Rick Shlosser (Van Morrison) and David Palmer (Rod Stewart). "Heart of a Traveling Wind..." has had over 15,000 downloads on iTunes, Rhapsody, etc. Also, Gypsy has performed at a private gathering with Juan Nelson of Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals. Gypsy’s influences include Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Loreena McKennett, Jewel, Marley and others.
The Merry Mystics are: Scott Bayless (guitar), Eric Dudinsky (drums), Scott Versele (bass), & Anneke Carter (keys, sax, flute, vox)
➢ Festival & special venue performances include:
• West LA Farmers Market Bandshell '10
• Santa Barbara Sandcastle Festival '09
• Ventura Holiday Street Fair '08
• Santa Monica Farmer’s Market '08
• Marinapalooza 4th of July Celebration ’07
• Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland ’06
• Topanga Days Festival ’06
• Los Angeles Marathon '04 & '05 & '06
• Sloppy Joe’s (Key West, FL) ’05
• Finnegan's Wake (Key West, FL) ’05
• Virgilios (Key West, FL) ’04
• Red, White & Blues Festival in Monterey ’05
• Whole Earth Festival on Main Stage (UC Davis) '04
• The Venice Carnivale (Venice Beach, CA) '04
• Pine Mountain Music Festival '04
• Hardrock Café (Universal City, CA) ‘04
••Gypsy has received airplay on Radio Golden Flash FM 104.30 in Belgium, on KCLA 99.3, KPFK 90.7 FM, WPMD 1700 AM & 91.7 FM in Los Angeles, KVMR 105.1 in Lake Tahoe, KTOX 1340 AM in CA, WBCG 98.9 in Florida, KUMN 89.9 FM in New Mexico, KAOS in Washington, CJSF 90.1 FM in British Columbia, WKJC 104.7FM in Michigan, RelaxRadio in Australia and many others.
For bookings contact, Jennifer Smartt
Scott Bayliss - Guitar
Scott V - Bass
Anneke Carter - keys, saxophones and flute
Gypsy Lou - lead singer/guitar
Eric Dudinsky - Drums
Purchase or listen to "Heart of a Traveling Wind" at www.cdbaby.com/gypsymusic, i-Tunes, etc.
Gypsy's 2nd LP "There's Still Hope" is now available on iTunes!
Night Is My Lover
Goodbye To Sweet 16
Flow Back To Me
You're Gone (Ode To Bill Hicks)
Into The Mystic
CoffeeHouseTour.com 8/05 Review
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Gypsy – “Heart of a Traveling Wind” – Music is no stranger to a fairy princess like singer, songwrit...Gypsy – “Heart of a Traveling Wind” – Music is no stranger to a fairy princess like singer, songwriter and published poet, Gypsy. A songwriter since the tender age of five, Gypsy grew up from a musical family with a country crooning mother and an uncle who wrote music that was later recorded by the Grateful Dead. Gypsy, who is now performing solo after a couple of group performances, has recently released her debut album, “Heart of a Traveling Wind”. A diverse, satisfying blend of her picturesque poetic songs with stunningly gorgeous voice tops off this dynamic showcase of poems transformed into music. Sure to receive a nod of approval from legendary great Van Morrison for her cover of “Into the Mystic”, Gypsy covers the classic song with a voice of an angel, she nails it so perfectly, no other female musician could quite top it like she did. Expect this kind of result from the rest of the CD. It’s a mentally stirring sandstorm of remarkable poetry mixed in with striking songwriting, sure to evoke strong feelings of wanderlust, love and hope. Stamped this CD with an “A +” rating, “Heart of a Traveling Wind” is pure, 100% amazing by a truly, gifted artist.
Singer/songwriter Gypsy hits the Southermost City
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California-based singer/songwriter Gypsy is coming to Key West to perform three acoustic engagements...California-based singer/songwriter Gypsy is coming to Key West to perform three acoustic engagements, accompanied by her guitarist and partner, Rich Sheldon (of the Rebel Soul Band), and bassist Scott Versele. Gypsy's music is a soulful blend of folk, rock, and country with lilting, melancholy vocals, engaging melodies and poetic lyrics.
She has been compared to such artists as Jewel, Loreena McKennett and Dido. Numerous festival performances and recent airplay throughout the U.S. as well as British Columbia, Belgium, and Australia are helping to promote Gypsy's debut album, "Heart of a Traveling Wind."
Catch her shows at The Lazy Gecko, Finnegan's Wake and Sloppy Joe's.
Music Connection Magazine
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Touching & well-written songs performed with childlike charm. Material: Gypsy is modern folk-rock...Touching & well-written songs performed with childlike charm.
Material: Gypsy is modern folk-rock in the same vein as acts like Jewel and Loreena McKennitt. "Yours" is an acoustic love song with a country feel. "Into the Mystic" is a Van Morriston cover that gives Olivia's excellent backup vocals a chance to shine. The best song Gypsy offers comes last. On the aptly titled "Simple Country Song," the ensemble took their skills to another level playing it.
Musicianship: Starting with a soft rock ballad, the band displays fine form. Bass, drum and guitar are all competent.
Performance: Their heart and intent were more than present.
Summary: Gypsy has a certain childlike charm that is simply alluring. She is a pleasure to listen to. Her songs are touching and well written
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A bit like Dido as the girl next door. Somebody you probably wanna have on your side. Eerie tunes an...A bit like Dido as the girl next door. Somebody you probably wanna have on your side. Eerie tunes and festival kind of Joni Mitchel meets Jewel tuneful songs. Gypsy seems like a lighthearted gal to begin with with some renown players in LA, this is a quiet solo effort that will most likely give pace to better things for this Angelina Fairy Princess as she self denominates on her website...
CD BABY REVIEWS
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It moved my soul! Reviewer: Rachel I really like the music. It really reminds me of Jewel yet with...It moved my soul!
I really like the music. It really reminds me of Jewel yet with more soul and depth. Refreshing, upbeat: breathless energy, the unbelievable talent of a soulful beauty.
Amazing Album from an incredible singer
Jewel meets Enya... the lyrics on this album feel honest for a change of pace in pop music today, and the singer is consistently amazing.
10 excellent songs beutiful vocals.
Reviewer: Jerry Lindsey
A very talented young lady from a talented family. I have known of her since she was a young girl and even then she showed a talent for music. Great job.
This young women will steal your heart if you let her.
Reviewer: R rayblue
Fantastic vocals & great music!
Reviewer: Nick Matthews
I just love this album, a fabulous blend of rock ‘n’ roll and folk music—Gypsy’s vocals are so soft and feminine which work perfectly with the great instrumentation. You must check out the great bass line in: Night is my Lover...I bought this CD while on vacation in the USA...this album rocks and should be released in England ASAP!!!
The best female Pop Vocals since Madonna.
Reviewer: KENNEY GYPSY
The best female Pop Vocals since Madonna. I'm glad I found this piece of Art, very nice production, a turn on voice...definitely a wonderful spirit. Keep the good work.
Beautiful voice, exceptional songwriting, great instrumentation, and overall awesome production.
This album takes the listener into a world of love, loss, and inspiration. It's folky poppy electronic and rock n' roll all in one. The lyrical content is just as real and emotional as any JOHN LENNON song. But the vocals resonate deeply like MADONNA, yet wrap around you with sweet warmth and kindness like JEWEL.
Wow, sensational first CD!
I've tasted honey...Gypsy's music is honey for the soul!
Reviewer: Kelly Sullivan Walden
I get chills listening to "Heart of a Traveling Wind"! Gypsy's music is like blending the best of Dido, Wilson Phillips, and Madonna. The depth of the lyrics, the hookiness of the arrangements, and the sweetness of Gypsy's vocals are a perfect bitter sweet blend that reflect the triumph of the human spirit!
F5 Wichita's Alt News Weekly
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Originally published November 20, 2003 by Jedd Beaudoin Don't let the acoustic guitar, blue jeans...Originally published November 20, 2003 by Jedd Beaudoin
Don't let the acoustic guitar, blue jeans and train tracks fool you — this isn't exactly a folk record, nor is it a batch of tunes from a woman with ramblin' and rollin' on her mind. Rather it's more or less a batch of love songs that run the gamut from electronics-laden "Live to Tell"-era Madonna to mellow, acoustic affairs that find our protagonist sounding like a sweet and comfortable version of Maria McKee (Lone Justice) or Jewel without the stream-of-hipness lyrics. For the most part, Heart of a Traveling Wind remains largely cohesive despite some stylistic differences. The best material comes, though, when Gypsy plays it close to the heart, meaning the acoustic material, illustrating the strength of her voice, which is its purity. That strength comes to the fore on material such as "Yours" (arguably the best piece on this nine-song collection) and "Breathless." And while most singers would be wise to steer clear of Van Morrison covers (they don't call him "Van the Man" for nuthin'), Gypsy's take on "Into the Mystic" proves pleasant enough.
On the whole, Heart of a Traveling Wind is a great way to pass the time.
1. My Apology
3. Come Undone
5. Night Is My Lover
6. Now There's You
7. Never Again
8. Melancholy Sunday Afternoon
9. Foolish One
10. Flow Back To Me
12. The Phoenix
13. Goodbye To Sweet 16
14. You're Gone (Ode to Bill Hicks)
Into The Mystic - Van Morrison
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
And It Stoned Me - Van Morrison
Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin
Crazy - Patsy Cline
Danny's Song - Kenny Loggins
Afternoon Delight - The Starlight Vocal Band
Everybody's Talkin' - Fred Neil
Torn - Natalie Imbruglia
Case of You - Joni Mitchell
Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
Carey - Joni Mitchell
You Were Meant For Me - Jewel
Time of the Season - The Zombies
Sweet Music Man - Kenny Rogers
Imagine - John Lennon
Jenny Jenkin's - Traditional
Waiting In Vain - Bob Marley
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
Thank You Lord - Bob Marley
Exodus - Marley
I Know A Place - Marley
Don't Know Why - Norah Jones
Pirate Looks At Forty - Jimmy Buffett
Bell Bottom Blues - Clapton
Johnny Be Good - Chuck Berry
The Harder They Come - Jimmy Cliff
I Second That Emotion - Smokey Robinson
Knocking On Heaven's Door - Dylan
I Shall Be Released - Dylan
Positively 4th Street - Dylan
My Girl - Temptations
The Race Is On - Grateful Dead version
Mama's Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up... - Waylon & Willie
Let's Give 'Em Something To Talk About - Raitt
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