Michael Gayle, the wind beneath my wings

Do you ever wonder why you listen to my songs over and over again?

Because each song has been nurtured into its perfect place and been impeccably arranged and recorded by Michael Gayle.

Michael Gayle is my beloved husband, a guitarist maestro, an arranging genius and an award-winning producer and sound engineer.

Michael’s standard of excellence, his sense of a song and what that song needs to shine and blossom into a exquisite reverberation of sound and his ability to capture that in a recording, is a gift to all of us.

His unwavering belief and encouragement in my songwriting and singing lifts me up when I’ve forgotten what is mine to do, he is the wind beneath my wings.

This is my love story.

28 years ago, I received a phone call from a guy named Michael, who had gotten my name out of the Musician’s Union phone book.  His agent had told him he could get him some gigs if he found a female singer who played keyboards and key bass to join his vocals and guitar.  He had to call twice, because I was in a 7 piece funk band at the time playing casuals.  I had also just had a horrible experience with another guitar player who wanted to replace his girlfriend in his band (it turned out that she wasn’t about to be replaced) and I wasn’t sure if I was ready to jump into another duo.   When he did call the second time and I said “Yes.”  His response, “Great, there’s an audition tomorrow.”

Little did I know how that one ‘yes’ in my life would be such an amazing gift.  We not only got the gig, playing  5 nights a week at the Hyatt Regency in Redondo Beach, but 28 years later I can see the Divine Plan for both of our lives fulfilled in a beautiful woven tapestry of love, music and true partnership.

We we play music together, magic happens.

Michael not only brings out the best in songwriters, vocalist and musicians, he helps boys to become men of high character by coaching them in basketball.  He loves basketball almost as much as he loves music.

Self promotion is not in Michael’s game book.  I can’t even convince him to put his photo on his Face book page.  In fact you can’t read about him anywhere on the web.

I am celebrating him here and will continue to do so wherever I can.  He is the sunshine of my life.

MG laying it down

MG laying it down

Michael began playing guitar at 8, had his first gig at 10.   He started recording when he was 10.  His father, Stanley Glinksy taught him guitar. He would play rhythm for his Dad’s band on Saturday nights.  All 3 of his sisters are singers and songwriters. He recorded his first band ‘Satan’s Jury’ (a psychedelic horn band) in 1968.  In the 70s he formed a progressive country rock band called ‘Loose Boots’ and toured TX, Louisiana and Oklahoma.  In 1982 he came to LA with his sister and co-writer Davie Gayle for a publish contract with Grandma Baby Production.

He continues to play guitar with his favorite artists in Los Angeles.  He also helps singer songwriters bring their songs to life in our studio, Glynn Sound Studios, in La Crescenta, California.

We have recorded over 140 songs together.  That is only a portion of his work.  Here is a list of some of the great recordings that he has brought into the world.

Here is his Producer/Sound Engineer Discography
Artist – Susan J Paul – Human Factor, Naked Heart, (Remba Records), We Will Remember (GIA), Big Love (RR)
Artist – Avalon – Avalon (Vantage Records)
Artist – Michael Benedict  – Skin to Earth (Remba Records)
Artist – Jennifer Russell – One with the One, WORTHY, be, Ho’oponopono Prayer Chant, lie down in that grass, There’s Only Light, The Virtues Songs A-Z, This is Where I Live, Songs from The Adventures of the Little Green Dragon, Together We Can Do Great Things, Aqui es donde yo vivo, Habari Gani, What’s the News? (Remba Kids)
Artist – Vini Contraes  – The Umbrella, Kingdom of Conscience (Whitestone Records)
Artist – David P. Murphy – shining in a temporary Sun (Twin Oaks Records)
Artist – David Young – Renaissance, Mystery of Destiny, Deep Spirit, Sacred Love Songs, Happiness, David,(Universe Music)
Artist – Pat Daly – Stanley, the Computer with a Heart:) (Remba Kids)
Artist – Keith Heffner – Cirque Enique , Cirque 2002 (Cirque Productions)
Artist – Davie Gayle – Amber in the Clay (Remba Records)
Artist – Mary Rice Hopkins Get On Board, A Very Mary Christmas (Big Steps for You)
Artist – David Strother – The Desert is Singing (Remba Records)
Artist – Sonny Salsbury  – How’s about a Boa ?, Looking for Christmas, Gotta Keep Dancing
Artist – Jami Lula – There’s a Healin’ Going On, Love is My Religion
Artist – Andrea Lane – On Fire for Love






Jennifer’s CD Release Concert August 9th

Jennifer’s first major concert in Los Angeles is on August 9th at 7:30 PM in NOHO Arts District.

The Agape House Band, Extraordinary Music of the Heart and YOU!  What a PERFECT evening.  You will leave uplifted and renewed in every way.

Jennifer’s band are not only top LA studio musicians but her dear friends.

Her favorite guitar player, beloved husband and producer, Michael Gayle, will be leading the band. Most of these excellent musicians play in the Agape House Band and they also played on the recordings.

Doors open at 7:00 PM.  Concert begins at 7:30 PM.

NOHO Arts Center
11136 Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

There is Free street parking on Sunday evenings.  There is also Free parking at the Television Academy directly across the street from the NOHO Arts Center.

Get your tickets right here.  You can even have your autographed CDs waiting for you when you arrive. $40


Only $17, general admission

Cool thing is admission is FREE for kids under 17. 

“When you first debuted your song “I Am Worthy,” at Agape’s Wednesday service,  I was instantly transfixed by your voice as well as the song’s heart-opening melody and pure lyrics. Once I bought your CD, I listened to it seemingly nonstop, reveling in the alluring, transcendent spell, returning me to my center. I continue to listen to it, and just listened right now to unwind from work and to enter be in my sacred space.  I just wanted to thank you for your powerful work that is healing me and many others, undoubtedly. You are a mighty presence, and I am grateful for all that you are and do. Blessings.”  –Todd Hedell, Los Angeles

New CDs are HERE

These beautiful new twins are our pride and joy. Michael, my beloved husband and producer and I are very proud to bring you these new twin CDs.

Lighten Up with Archangel Michael


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Do you ever feel that something is holding you back and you can’t figure out what it is?

If only you had more faith.

Maybe you keep finding yourself asking the question, ‘Is this all there is?”

Who are the Archangels and what do they have to do with me?

Let’s get some answers to these questions.

Join me at noon (PT) on July 15th for a Lighten Up Meditation with Archangel Michael.

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The Great Archangel Michael is the most well known Archangel. There is a reason for that. He’s been with us on Earth since the very beginning of our experience here and is intimately connected to us.

He’s celebrated in sacred text and in paintings of almost every Spiritual tradition.

He is the Archangel of Protection and the Defender of Faith. He is the Prince of the Archangels and the Angelic Hosts. He’s also called the Angel of Deliverance.

He is in loving service to humanity, that means you. He has promised to never give up his daily service to the world until the last child of Light on this planet has risen to their God Source.

Archangel Michael is there when you take your first breath and he will gentle carry you into the next realm when you transition from this Earth.

More important than that, he is here to help you every moment of every day on your journey in this dimension.

During this call you will:

  • Lighten your burdens
  • Be in a safe place to let yourself open up and release
  • Begin to experience the bouyancy and Light that the Angels bring
  • Begin to empower your relationship with the Angelic Realm

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It has been a real blessing for me to have found you and through you the Company of Heaven. As I told you before, this class is my answered prayer. Deep in my soul I had this yearning to re-connect with the angelic realm.

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Conscious Breathing

I know our breath is essential to staying alive.  When we stop breathing we leave the earth plane.

But our breath can also be used as a conduit for healing and transformation.

Breath can be used as a conversation.  As you breath in you receive Life Itself as you breath out you distribute it throughout your body in gratitude.

I like to use the breath with the qualities of my own Divinity.  I breathe in Love, and I then breathe love into every cell of my body.  Breathe in Peace and breathe out peace to any situation I see that is asking for peace.  The news gives us plenty of opportunites for this practice.

If I’m needing some words when I’m writing a song or a blog, I Breathe in clarity, remembering there’s no confusion in the Mind of God, which I am, and I breath out knowing and distribute it into whatever I’m working on.

When you find yourself in fear, try this practice.  Go outside, if you can, anywhere will do…stand on the earth, place your hand on your stomach and breath through your nostrils, filling up your belly.  Let your out breath be longer than your in breath.  Bring your focus to your breath for 5 minutes.  This will help you get out of your head, where fear resides and into your body that is always in the present.

Happy Conscious Breathing


Early in the morning or after a rain is the most delicious time. When you connect the middle of the ball of your foot; a point known to acupuncturists as Kidney 1 (K1), It connects to all of the meridians, every nook and cranny of your body. It transfers the free electrons from the Earth into your body. These free electrons are probably the most potent antioxidants known to man. Remember we are bioelectrical beings.

Take Advantage of the Mirror

Your self-esteem is your number one asset. You are God expressed. The more you start seeing yourself as God sees you, the healthier and more powerful your expression is in the world. It’s easier for you to receive love and goodness. You start feeling sexier more alive and vivacious


Cleansing is simply giving your body a break from your usual intake of food and drink. It can be practiced in many different ways.
I end each season and welcome the next with a gentle 5-Day Cleanse. It not only helps me to be in touch with Mother Earth and her rhythms. It helps me to tune in to my own body and hear what it has to tell me.

Intuition and clarity comes through the body not the mind. I want my body to be an open channel to receive the highest thoughts of the I AM Presence.

When I cleanse my meditations go much deeper and the vision for my next 3 months rises up in complete clarity.

I worked with Rickie Byars Beckwith at Agape for years. She gently mentored me into this practice. I use to do it alone, but now I invite others to join me. My friend Daryl Glinn-Tanner is an expert cleanser and she always guides everyone through the physical part of our cleanse.

I would love for you to join me in a 5-Day Seasonal cleanse. If you’re interested, click here to sign up for the Seasonal Cleanse newsletter.