Fay Gauthier




Interview With Fay Gauthier! (@FayFayGauthier)

12 Sep

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How did you get started in the music industry?

I got started back when I was living in Boston doing mostly cover tunes in a rock band. Eventually that led to working on my own songs and recording my first CD as a solo artist.

Who are your musical inspirations?

There are so many artists I find inspirational, but Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone are two of my favorite singers of all time.

How would you describe your sound?

Eclectic. I incorporate a lot of different genres. I say it’s Pop with Jazz flavors to simplify, but there are also Blues, Country and even some Hip Hop influences, depending on the song.

Can you tell us about your single “Be What You Are”?

Sure. It’s a song about embracing who you are and what you choose to do with your life.  I wrote it around the time I was giving up my corporate sales job to pursue my creative passions full time here in LA. It’s a celebratory song of self expression and the “Poppiest” song on the CD.

How will your next single “Living in a Daydream” differ from your current single?

Where Be What You Are is high energy with lots of brass and bass grooves,

Living In A Daydream is a guitar based ballad, with a laid back Country vibe. And where Be What You Are is about embracing who and what you are right now, the lyrics of Living In A Daydream come from my memories of a much simpler time long ago.

Do you have any upcoming projects that your fans can look forward to?

Yes. I’m releasing the full CD—“Firehead”—September 5th. Also the music video for Be What You Are will be coming out in September.  And I’ve been working on a couple new songs that I’ll be releasing later this year.

What are your social media accounts so we can follow you?

Thank you! I’m on Facebook as Facebook/FayGauthierMusician, Twitter as FayFayGauthier and Instagram as Fay Gauthier.  My website is www.faygauthier.com.

Upfront NY

Interview with Fay Gauthier


Fay Gauthier has a wide range of musical influences. Her new album, “Firehead” is inspired by different phases of her life. Her upcoming single is titled, “Be What You Are.” Get to know the singer/songwriter.



Photo Credit: Mikel Healey


upfrontNY: I like the message behind your latest single, “Be What You Are.” Can you tell our readers the background of how that song came to be?

Fay Gauthier: Thank you! Sure thing. I was in an acting class where the Casting Director told us, “Be what you are, people. Be what you are.” The words stuck with me, and I wrote the song around that theme—being authentic and embracing who you are.


upfrontNY: Your next single “Living in a Daydream” will be released soon. What can you tell us about that new song?

Fay Gauthier: It’s an ode to my childhood, pure and simple.  From the banana curls my friend Donna used to have, to the Big Wheels we raced up and down the driveway, to not locking the door– all the images captured in the lyrics are taken straight from the memories of my youth and simpler times.


upfrontNY: You describe your sound as “pop with flavors of Jazz, Blues and spoken word.” How did that combination of different genres of music come about?

Fay Gauthier: I’ve never been able to limit myself to one genre. It’s not a specific choice so much as just rolling with the feel of the song as it comes to me.


upfrontNY: Aside from music, what are your favorite hobbies?

Fay Gauthier: Poker. Hiking. Hanging with my four-legged kids. Harassing my husband. And travelling, when I get the chance.


upfrontNY: What has been your greatest challenge while pursuing a career in music?

Fay Gauthier: Giving up the security of a corporate job to pursue my passions was probably the biggest challenge, because it meant convincing myself that I was capable of making that change at a time in my life when I was making a pretty comfortable living.


upfrontNY:  What has been your greatest reward so far in your career?

Fay Gauthier: The ability to use my imagination to create something that resonates with others. Whether it’s songwriting, acting or writing, I love having that connection.


upfrontNY: Your new album, “Firehead” is being released soon, what was your favorite part about creating this album?

Fay Gauthier: The collaboration was my favorite part. Writing is a solitary task, and it has its own appeal. But experiencing the evolution of a song from what I’ve written to what the listener will eventually hear on the record, because of the talent and vision of the musicians and producers, is magical.


upfrontNY: What producers or songwriters would you like to work with in the future?

Fay Gauthier: I’d like to give a shout out first to the spectacular producers whose sweat and talent went into making Firehead –Grant Nicholas, Rick Ward and Teddy Jacobs—love, love love.  I haven’t thought about future collaborations, but I am in awe of John Brion. It would be amazing to work with him.

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Fay Gauthier releases newest single “Be What You Are”

NEW ALBUM "Firehead" Release date: September 5, 2017

What got you started in music? How old were you and what was your first instrument you learned?

I grew up surrounded my music. I was the youngest of seven kids, and everyone either sang or played an instrument. I started singing with my family in a nursing home around age four. When my parents bought our house, it came with two things—a giant rock in the basement and bulky player piano. They signed me up for piano lessons when they heard me picking out songs by ear when I was seven.

Briefly explain how you feel you have grown as an artist over time. Both in music and in acting!

I spent a lot of years working in the corporate world, doing what some would call a “real job”, so I think the biggest growth has been getting my head to the place of believing that I can make a living acting and doing music. Part of that meant learning to be less self-critical.

Who were some of your influences in music growing? Who do you listen to now?

Because I had so many older siblings, I had a wide range of influences.  I practically wore out the needle on our record player listening to the Beatles’ The Red Album.  Carol King, Billy Joel, Queen, The Doors, Ella Fitzgerald, Van Morrison, Nina Simone were some other favorites.  I still like a wide range of music. Lately I’ve been listening to the French singer Albin De La Simone. It’s been a long time since I’ve been out of the country. I think I’m due! 

What drew you to the roles you have played in theater and film?

I’m definitely drawn to playing strong, intelligent, independent women.  I love that we’re starting to see more women in positions of power in TV and film.

Outside of your career, what are some of your hobbies and things you like to do for fun or to relax?

Hiking, playing poker, going to the movies. And I do the crossword puzzle mostly every day.

What was the writing process like behind your single “Be What You Are”?

The title and chorus was inspired by words spoken by a Casting Director in an acting class I took several years ago.  The rest of the song sort of wrote itself once I sat down at the piano. I was pretty jazzed up about leaving my corporate job to act and do music.

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

Firehead will be released in September, so my plans revolve around supporting the CD—performing live in and around LA.  We’re also releasing the music video for Be What You Are. I’d love to put out a couple more videos before year end.

(Photo Credit: Mikel Healey)


Fay Gauthier

Multi-talented Musical Artist, Actress and Writer Fay Gauthier Talks Music and More


Fay Gauthier is a phenomenal artist! We had an opportunity to chat with her about her music and song Be What You Are. Check out the interview below.

Hi, Fay! Tell us what inspired your song Be What You Are?

Hi! Be What You Are was inspired by the words of a Casting Director in an acting class I took a few years back. She was urging us to develop our characters by drawing from our own unique selves, as opposed to trying to create a character externally. The phrase stuck with me and it became this song.

Tell us about your writing process.

Sometimes a phrase, like “Be what you are” just grabs me and I’ll build around it. Ideas often come to me when I’m driving. I’ll pull over, record a melody or lyric line on my phone, and develop it later. Sometimes I’m inspired by something I’ve read. Other times I’ll just plop myself in front of the keyboard with no idea in mind, and let the muses guide me. Usually, when I do this I’ll sniff out a melody and the words follow.

Do you agree that your music is a fusion of different genres?

Yes, definitely. And I used to fight the idea because I thought it would confuse people, but now I just embrace it.

How do you maintain a level of high-energy for each performance?

Well, I’m just now getting prepared to start performing live again to promote the CD, as opposed to working on tracks in the studio, so it’s funny you ask that. I was much younger the last time I performed live and took my energy for granted. Now I’m actually paying more attention to eating healthier, getting proper sleep and keeping hydrated—you know, the boring stuff you don’t think about till you get a little more…ahem… mature.

Tell us about your upcoming album Firehead.

It’s a project made from pure love. It brings together a variety of genre-bending songs, written during different phases of my life, made into recordings by different but equally fabulous producers, and yet somehow it all miraculously came together very naturally. I’m very excited to put it out there come September.

Growing up, what songs inspired you?

Being the youngest of seven kids, I was exposed to a lot of different music, so that’s a long list. Stevie Wonder’s You Can Feel It All Over, Carole King’s It’s Too Late, Pretender’s Brass in Pocket, Billy Joel’s The Longest Time, and the Eagles’ Hotel California are some specific standouts.

Do you draw from personal experiences to create your music?

Sometimes my own yes, and sometimes it’s a friend’s or even a stranger’s experience. I’ll read something that moves me and it sparks a song idea.

Your lyrics are touching! What is the most important aspect of songwriting for you?

I’m a bit of a lyric freak, so thank you so much for saying that! When I’m working on a song, there’s a feeling I get, an emotional energy of sorts, that tells me I’m on track. Once I find that sweet spot, what’s important for me is to sustain it, no matter what changes I make structurally or lyrically. It usually means not overthinking it.

What is the biggest misconception about being a singer?

I can’t speak for other singers but I’ve run into people who assume because I’m a singer I’m also a dancer. And I’m definitely not, though I wish I had that skill.

What is your most favorite performance in your career to date?

Once, I was on a business trip in San Antonio, and my colleagues dragged me into a piano bar on the River Walk and asked the pianist to let me sing a song. “Me & Bobby McGee” used to be my go-to cover song, and I liked that it was a song everyone could sing along to, so that’s what I chose. Somewhere in the middle of my performance people started throwing things at me. At first, I thought, “oh my God they hate me”, but then I realized they were throwing crumpled up dollar bills. It was an amazing thing, being embraced by a bunch of strangers like that. But that’s the power of music.

List the 5 things you need to have with you on a stage.

1) Water, cuz, well, hydration.

2) A sense of humor, cuz it’s live and anything can happen.

3) Great musicians, cuz they make a performance pop and it’d be lonely on stage without them.

4) Gratitude–for the crowd, the venue, the musicians, the opportunity to perform–cuz without any of these things I’d be stuck singing in the shower or to my cats.

5) A backup microphone, cuz, stuff happens.

Do you have any upcoming projects that we haven’t mentioned?

The CD release is my big upcoming project, but I’ve been back in the studio recording a couple new songs that I’m excited about. Also, the music video for “Be What You Are,” which I had a blast shooting, will be coming out with my release.

Complete this sentence, if I had an opportunity to change anything, I would change ___________.

Hatred into kindness.— That, and I’d change my husband to want the sheets tucked in at the foot of the bed. No joke. It’s a constant battle.

Website: http://www.faygauthier.com

Photo Credit: Mikel Healey

Nerd Problems

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Rising Music Sensation Fay Gauthier

Fay Gauthier may be a name you recognize from many different aspects of the entertainment industry. Having dipped her toes into acting, writing, and music, she’s kind of done it all. We got to talk with her about her brand new single Be What You Are, upcoming album, and what is coming up next.

(Photo Credit: Mikel Healey)

KRISTIN: You have a lot of experience in many parts of entertainment; music, acting, and writing. How did you get involved in all these different aspects?

FAY: I always had an interest in all three. I sang as a child, but there wasn’t really an outlet to explore acting where I grew up. When I finished college, I started taking voice lessons, and on my teacher’s recommendation, I got involved in the community theater scene in Massachusetts. Once I moved to LA, I got more serious about acting. I took classes and started booking commercials and small roles. Ultimately my acting led to exploring my long dormant interest in writing. I’d received some positive feedback on sketches and scenes I’d written in classes, and I re-discovered how much I enjoy it.

KRISTIN: What made you select Be What You Are as your new single?

FAY: We felt the song captured the essence of the album, in that being who I am musically means not boxing myself in to a specific genre.

KRISTIN: Following this single will be your full length album Firehead. Tell us about the process of putting this album together.

FAY: I actually didn’t start out with the intention of doing an album. The industry has changed so much since the last album I put out, that I was leaning towards releasing individual songs. But Rick, one of my producers, convinced me that for touring, marketing, etc. it was better to make a comprehensive product. I’m glad he did because I’m thrilled with how it came out.

KRISTIN: How did you pick which songs made the cut? Did you have a specific sound you were going for?

FAY: We took a look at all my songs, old and new, including some I’d previously recorded. We had already laid down a few tracks before we decided to make an album, and based off those songs, we chose other songs that would work well stylistically. Two of those, No More Lyin’ and Exposed, were on my first album “Comic Strip”, but we gave them fresh arrangements.

KRISTIN: How would you describe the sound of this album?

FAY: A multi-genre mix of pop/rock, jazz, and spoken word.

KRISTIN: When is this album releasing?

FAY: The official release date is September 5th.

KRISTIN: With the album coming out, what is up next for you? More music? Other projects with acting or writing?

FAY: Yes, yes and yes. I’ve been writing and recording new songs, including my first co-writing venture with one of my producers. And I’m almost finished with the first draft of my mystery novel, which I’ll be adapting to a screenplay.

KRISTIN: Where can we keep up with you and all your work online? Do you hold a social media presence?

FAY: My website (faygauthier.com) and my Facebook page



Interview: Fay Gauthier discusses new single and her upcoming album

By: Brittany Frederick AXS Contributor Jun 2, 2017
Interview: Fay Gauthier discusses new single and her upcoming album


Singer and songwriter Fay Gauthier has just released her new single "Be What You Are", which is also the first single from her next album Firehead that she expects to release before the end of the year. That will be her first album since 2006's Comic Strip, so it's been a long journey to new music for the Massachusetts native. Gauthier connected with AXS for an email interview to talk about the intent behind the new single and what audiences can expect from Firehead when it arrives. Listen to "Be What You Are" by using the media player included with this article and get to know her more below.

AXS: You've now spent more than a decade as a musician. Where did the journey start for you?

Fay Gauthier: I’ve always been musical. We grew up with a piano in the house and I was able to pick out songs by ear and sing as a child. My dad played the guitar, and all of my siblings picked up one instrument or another. I’m from a large family [with] seven kids so summer vacation usually meant camping somewhere. One of our favorite spots was in Maine. We’d sing songs to pass the time in the long car rides. As far as it being a career choice—that has come much later. I had a career in sales for many years, and it was great for making a steady income, but it was soul-sucking after a while.

AXS: So what then made you commit to music as your full-time career?

FG: There were two things that helped nudge me towards taking music seriously. First was a car accident I had in my late twenties. I fell asleep driving, and totaled the car. Miraculously I wasn’t seriously injured, but I was shaken. And it made me think about how fleeting life can be, and how important it is to value what time we have on this planet. That’s what prompted me to get working on my first CD. The other thing that gave me a nudge was dream I had, where an older woman screamed at me for among other things, not being “discriminating." It was such a pointed and vivid dream I couldn’t ignore it. My interpretation of it was that she was my future self trying to redirect me from how I was spending my time to following my passions, instead of just making a living. It was soon after that, that I quit my job and decided to pursue my creative interests full time. I haven’t looked back.

AXS: You're an artist who has many different ways of making music. What kinds of methods do you use to create your songs?

FG: If I sit down to write a song with no specific inspiration in mind, I’ll sit at the keyboard and start playing a few chords. Ultimately a melody will come, sometimes with lyrics at the same time, sometimes just the melody and I’ll write the lyrics later. Often, I’ll craft a working version of the song on Garage Band. I prefer to be in a quiet space when I write, so I can be open to the muses without distraction.  Other times, I’ll be inspired by an interaction I’ve had with someone or a conversation, and a phrase will stick with me. That’s how "Be What You Are", the first single from my upcoming CD, came about. It was a phrase that a casting director said in an acting class I was taking. It became the title, theme, and chorus of the song.

AXS: What can we say about what's on the rest of your upcoming album?

FG: The thing that stands out most to me about the album is its variety. Even though the songs all loosely fit under the pop umbrella, there are a lot of other flavors in the mix, including jazz, hip hop, spoken word, etc. “Living in A Daydream," which is an ode to my childhood, has a pop-country feel. “To One In Paradise," an Edgar Allan Poe poem I wrote music to, has heavy percussion, Middle Eastern and Latin flavors. But as different as some of the songs are from one another, I think they all come together in the context of the album. It doesn’t feel haphazard or clumsy to me. I’m very proud of it. I love being open to whatever arrangement the song evokes.

AXS: Is there anything in particular you want music fans to take away from the new record?

FG: I took a roundabout route to get to living a life I’m passionate about. Putting out my music is one way I’m able to share the joy that comes from that, so my first hope is that people enjoy my music. And while it’s not my specific objective to convey a message, if a song like “Be What You Are," which reflects my choice to change the course of my life, speaks to a listener, or otherwise inspires someone in a positive way, all the better.

"Be What You Are" is now available on iTunes.

For more on Fay Gauthier, visit her official website.

All Access Music

An Interview With The Songstress, FAY On Her Return to Music With Her Forthcoming EP ‘Firehead’!

Photo Credit- Mikel Healey


Who is Fay Gauthier? She is a creative: a wondrously mercurial, smart, multi-talented musical artist, actress and writer.

Categorizing her sound as “pop with flavors of Jazz, Blues and spoken word,” Fay says she is continually influenced by what she listens to. Inspired by everything from Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles to old jazz and American composition, Fay returns from her hiatus more confident in her sound than ever before. “I’m more comfortable with the idea that my music doesn’t necessarily fit into a very specific niche or genre.”

Her upcoming single “Be What You Are” was inspired by words from a casting director years ago. Fay hopes it will encourage her listeners to be true to themselves. “You’ve got to learn to be able to shake off rejection without letting it kill your spirit… not everybody is going to “get” you. But I’ve reached the point where I’m okay with that because I’m happy doing my thing for no other reason than it’s my thing. And it’s taken a while to get there.”

Much like the single, Fay’s upcoming full-length album “Firehead” follows the theme of her journey to embrace what makes her different. “Growing up with red hair is something that definitely makes you stand out. You get teased a ton when you’re a kid with red hair. And then you reach a certain point where it’s fun to be different. So again, the title is about embracing that.”

“Firehead” is set for release in 2017 and contains tracks written at many phases of Fay’s life, cataloging her journey to self-acceptance. “No More Lyin’” is the first song Fay wrote as an adult, which she appreciates because “I’ve lived with it for so long.” Heartfelt tracks like “Goodbye”, inspired by the death of her long-time pet and “Living in A Daydream”, an ode to her childhood, follow the theme to perfectly depict Fay’s journey to where she is now as an artist and person.

Simply put, Fay hopes to enter this phase of her life focused on making a living writing, creating and performing. “In my ideal future, I’ll be actively creating art that brings together my music, writing and acting. The key thing is staying creatively active. As long as I can do that I’m happy.”

Learn more about Fay in the following All Access interview:

Thanks for your time! What are some words you would use to describe 2016 for you and your music? How is 2017 treating you?  

Thank you for your interest! Two words for sure: magical and serendipitous. I had the good fortune to work with a wonderfully talented group of people to turn words and symbols on a page into music. Hard to beat that. As for 2017, I’m enjoying putting together the album artwork and planning the release, but I wish I could slow the year down just a bit. I feel like I went to sleep in January and woke up in May.

Where does this interview find you today? Is there music playing in the background? If so, what is it? 

I’m working from home today, and yes, there actually is music in the background, but it’s not music I would normally be listening to. We’re having our roof fixed and the workers are listening to Norteño music on a small radio  You gotta love an accordion!

Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory? Could you see yourself doing anything else today? 

I always loved to sing. And I had an ear for music and harmonies from an early age.  But I also wanted to act. So when I was a kid, I would say that I wanted to be a “performer”. In my mind that covered both interests. My earliest musical memory is singing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” at a nursing home with my father when I was three or four.  As for doing anything else, I’m still acting and writing, but it’s safe to say I can’t see myself doing anything that doesn’t involve creative work.

I’ve read that you are now getting back into music after a hiatus so I’m curious how the time away from it all affected you musically? Did you sing or write songs at all while you stepped away from the limelight? How do you think you are a different musician today because of the break?

I did take a hiatus from recording and performing music, but I continued to write songs.  And I got back to taking voice lessons –this time with a classical approach—working on pieces by Gabriel Fauré and Mozart, for example, which took me totally out of my comfort zone.  I think I’m a different musician today mainly because I’m at a totally different point in my life.

Since my last CD, I got married and well, I don’t want to say that I got old per se, but I certainly got older!  Perhaps the biggest change that comes with that is that I’m focused on enjoying the space I’m in right now, instead of some elusive space I’m striving to get to.

What was it like putting together your upcoming album, “Firehead”? Did anything surprise you about the process? How long did it take to complete it?

I actually didn’t start out thinking I was making an album. I was just happy to be recording songs again. And after recording a few, with the guidance of my production team, the conversation and focus shifted away from individual songs to making an album.  I think the surprise was realizing how much I missed making music. When I write songs, I’m sort of in a self-imposed vacuum.   But once I start the actual recording and putting the arrangement together and brainstorming with my producers, there’s a whole different level of excitement that comes with that that I had forgotten.  It’s so incredibly satisfying to see a song materialize into what you hear blasting back at you from the booth when you’re collaborating with talented people whose ear you trust. It was a little over a year in the making.

What was the inspiration for your upcoming single, “Be What You Are”? Do you have plans to make videos for all of the songs on your album?

Soon after I moved to Los Angeles, I took an on camera acting class with a Casting Director.  While emphasizing the need to be truthful in terms of how we approach character, she said “Be what you are people.” Her words stuck, and inspired the song. As for videos, I’ve got some ideas cooking and have talked to some interested collaborators, but we haven’t started anything concrete yet.

Who are some of your very favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? What musicians would you absolutely love to work with in the future? 

Oh my, that’s a long list, and I’m always finding new artists that inspire.  But some of my absolute living favorites include Fiona Apple, David Byrne, Regina Spektor and Beck. I admire how unique they are and how they explore and bend genres. And, just last year I discovered Laura Mvula’s album Sing to the Moon. It’s so lush and beautiful it blows me away.  I’d absolutely love to work with any of them.

At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people take away from your songs? 

Whether it’s joy, or sentimentality, or just a desire to get up and dance, I hope my music makes people feel something.  If I can reach through the distractions of modern living with a song that resonates with someone, somehow, I’ll feel like I’ve contributed something positive, because with connection comes empathy, and I feel like we need more of that these days.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?

Um…I love cilantro. I think male rompers are silly. (But if you’re a man, wearing rompers while reading this interview, I’m sure you’re rocking it.)  And, in the spirit of connecting, drop by my Facebook musician page—faygauthier/@faygauthiermusician and say hello.