GAYLE WILSON BIO

Gayle Wilson
I've lived in Ashland, Oregon, since 1980. I live a wonderful life in this Southern Oregon town and get to share a home with my husband, George Rubaloff, and our doggie-daughter, Daisy Mae. My human daughter, Kimberly, lives in Kailua, Hawaii, and my husband's human children live in Ashland and in Bend, Oregon.

I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. When I was a child, my family escaped the cold Canadian winters by moving to Southern California and for years we had homes in both places. In 1974, I moved to Portland, Oregon, where I studied journalism & broadcast communications at Portland Community College. I put myself through school with part-time jobs in retail and as a secretary.

In 1980, I again moved my family to Ashland to work as a reporter for KOBI-TV in the nearby city of Medford. Within a few months, I was promoted to the position of News Anchor and within a year, I was producing and anchoring both the 5 o'clock and the 11 o'clock news. I held this position for four years.

In 1985, I moved to San Francisco to work as a news reporter for KGO-TV. It was a great job in a beautiful city, however, my heart was in the mountains and valleys of Southern Oregon. I moved back to Ashland and started my own video production business focusing on corporate videos.  At that time, I also became a spokesperson for Roe Motors GM, an automobile dealership in Grants Pass, Oregon. For the next 23 years, I wrote, directed and produced close to 350 unique commercials that all said the same thing in a different way; "Shop at this dealership!"

I come by my musical abilities naturally. My mother's family was musical. She and her brothers and sisters had a family band that played country-western music at legion halls and barn dances all around the Canadian prairie provinces. As they got older, their music became more jazz-oriented and the venues became more sophisticated. My mother was a working musician for 3 decades spanning the '30's, '40's and '50's.  She played a variety of instruments; piano, fiddle and bass. She raised me to be  interested in a wide variety of instruments and of course, we were always singing.  

I began playing music professionally in 1990. That was with a guitar and a tip jar at local coffeehouses here in Ashland. Nowadays, I have a 6-piece band that focuses on jazz, rock and blues. We've played at many Southern Oregon venues and are  well-known for being able to lay down just about any kind of groove. Our extensive song list demonstrates the wide variety of music we play. 

From jazz festivals to weddings to concerts to corporate dinner dances, my combos are top-notch. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at gayle@gaylewilson.com.  I'd be most happy to connect with you!