Independent - United States
Born and raised in Detroit Michigan, Gayelynn's father, the legendary Harold McKinney, was a formidable jazz pianist, composer and teacher who mentored many people and played with such great as, Billy Holiday, Gene Krupa and many others. Her mother Gwendolyn McKinney was a fashion model and renowned singer, singing in such productions as Carman and Porgy and Bess. She was also recorded on Harold McKinney's “Voices and Rhythms of The Creative Profile.” As a vocal instructor she mentored many successful vocalist, including one
of Ray Charles's Raylets.
Gayelynn began playing the drums at the age of two and has had ample exposure to the creative music scene since birth. She received much of her musical training on the Detroit Jazz scene, but, she also obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Music from Oakland University. At the university she was a part of the Meadowbrook Estate a renowned show choir and a member of the university jazz band. At Oakland University she learned music theory and composition.
Gayelynn is an active member of the Detroit jazz scene, performing workshops for novices, serious musicians, elementary, junior, senior high school & college students. She has also appeared at many local famous nightspots including the renowned Bakers Keyboard Lounge.
Among Gayelynn McKinney's many awards, she was presented with an award for outstanding musical performance during Music Fest, USA where she won best drummer beating out over nine thousand participants. McKinney was recently awarded the Motor City Music Award with the Grammy nominated group Straight Ahead, that she is also cofounder of.
Gayelynn McKinney's diverse drumming style has given her the opportunity to travel extensively and play at many famous jazz festivals including Montreux-Switzerland, Lionel Hampton Jazz Fest New Orleans Jazz and Heritage, Boston Globe, Jamaica Jazz and Heritage, the 1996 Olympics, the Woma Jazz Fest in Italy and the Kennedy Center.
Most recently she was able to perform in Germany and Itlaly for the American troops on those military bases, and there was a live broadcast to Afghanistan.
Gayelynn recently recorded a solo project called “It's About Time,” which has given her the opportunity to perform as a band leader. Also as a band leader, she has rekindled her
fathers music, with a septet called McKinfolk. She has also performed as a side musician with such notables as, Aretha Franklin, Freda Payne, James Carter, Ralph Armstrong, Geri Allen, Marcus Belgrave, Chaka Khan, Mary Stallings, Eric Reed, Roy Hargrove, Javon Jackson, David “Fathead” Newman, Steve Turre, Sonny Fortune, Kevin Mahogany and “Speech” of Arrested Development, just to name a few.
Gayelynn is an extraordinary all around gifted drummer. Her lifelong love of music allows her to stir the soul with her broad-based knowledge of music in general.
Red Burst Orange Sparkle
w/ black hardware
all shells 4-ply
(2 maple outer/ 2 mahogany inner)
20x18 bass drum
16x14 floor tom
B1000 boom stand
TC1000 tom/cymbal stand
C1000 straight stand x 2
S1000 snare stand
P2002C double pedal
H1000 hi-hat stand
TH1000S short tom holder x 2
AX20 adapter x 2