About Gayla Earlene
Gayla Earlene was raised in the small town of Inola, Oklahoma but with big dreams of becoming a successful singer/songwriter. As a child she loved listening to her dad sing and play guitar and her Mom play piano. Both had a big influence on her music and it was during those early years that she began to play and write poetry, that soon became songwriting. Her persistent drive and dedication to excellence in her art has proven to be one of her strong points in the industry.
Gayla Earlene began her professional singing career at the early age of 15. She met her husband, Gene Crain, while in the music business and they have spent their years together in both country and gospel music. They traveled with and performed alongside known personalities such as Mr. Roy Clark and the late Freddy Fender. They've also worked with the likes of Minnie Pearl, Johnny Russell, Willie Nelson, Carl Perkins, Carl Belew, Hank Thompson, Mel Tillis, Jack Greene, Marty Raybon, Jim Ed Brown, Porter Wagoner, Miss Norma Jean, Barbara Fairchild and have been the opening act for Gene Watson and more. They also enjoyed working with The Johnnie Lee Wills Band and traveled with the legendary Billy Parker as the KVOO Radio Big Country Band out of Tulsa, OK.
Gayla and Gene appeared on the nationwide broadcasts of the CCMA(ICM) awards show live from Nashville, TN and have had the distinct opportunity to perform on the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, The General Jackson Showboat at Opryland and the TCT network with Jimmy Snow also in Nashville, TN. They have taken part during Music Fan Fair week where they enjoyed meeting thousands of music fans in Nashville and they produced and performed a Branson Style Family Variety Show for five years in Oklahoma. They later took that show on the road for a time. They performed at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee, Oklahoma and a family country show was produced and filmed in Texarkana, TX as a pilot TV show for RFD TV. They've appeared on Babbie's House and Atlanta Live in Atlanta GA, TBN, and other tv shows as well as being featured in many trade magazines, such as Power Source and The Christian Voice.
Gayla has recorded a number of albums with husband Gene as the producer and steel guitarist. Gayla's beloved cousin, Nashville's late Randy Hardison, co-produced and was the drummer on her first six of 10 albums. Gayla's recordings have produced fifteen number 1 songs to date on the Country Gospel charts, including Billboard. Gayla Earlene and her Pure Country Band won the "Band of the Year" award for four years consecutively from the ICGMA. She's won many awards for her talent as a singer, songwriter and entertainer and never fails to give God all the glory for all good things in her life. Gayla's sincerity, sensitivity and enthusiasm is evident in her music. In May 2012, she was given an Emmy Award nod for her voice participation in the video, "Hands of Hope", which combats domestic violence.
Visit their website at www.gaylaearlene.com