Compared to Eartha Kitt, Dinah Washington, and Pearl Bailey, singer, songwriter and musician Sybil Gage grew up in the uptown New Orleans Jazz scene. "My grandparents property had a bar on the first floor and you could always hear the music upstairs. It was where musicians would hang out and play the Blues."
Watching the scene at Rosy's on Tchopitoulas , Jimmy's on Willow and Tipitina's on Napoleon Ave only endeared her to music that surrounded her each and every day. "New Orleans has a universal love for good music and good food. I was influenced by my neighbors, the Neville Brothers, and kicked up a friendship with the sensational pianist James Booker while chumming around with Henry Butler. My sister would go with me to Rosys to see Professor Longhair more often than we went to a church, and we came out of that place sanctified."
After beginning stints as a DJ in New Orleans she headed to Chicago and then to New York where she earned her degree in Fine Arts from NYU. Becoming friends with Eddie Murphy, Spike Lee and Nipsey Russell, she honed and developed her talents by doing gigs at small clubs and leaning on Gregory Hines for advice and support. "He's the one that kept me focused," she says of him.
Sybil came to Florida to care for her ailing father and, upon arrival, quickly developed a large and devoted following with her own Blues & Jazz style. Her CD 'Red' took her fans by storm and left them clamoring for more as she cut out her vocal Jazz y Blues flavors with her original material as well as more familiar blues numbers llike Stormy Weather, At Last, and Hip Shakin' Mama.
The title cut 'Red' was used in a PBS documentary on The Mummers and Philadelphia artist James Dupree.
Sybil has appeared on the cover of Hot House Magazine; been interviewed on Fred Migliores FM Odyssey 89.5; headlined for the Space Coast Jazz Society: been elected Spacecoast Living Magazine 's "BEST MUSICIAN IN BREVARD COUNTY" ; been listed as # 6 on the list of 100 great things about living in Brevard County"; and earned 2 ASCAP songwriting awards.
Currently Sybil is hard at work on her latest CD 'NOLA Calling' and hosts "The Stormy Monday Show" (streaming every Saturday at 7pm on www.1300wmel.com ) featuring Jazz and Blues. She has just returned from a New York City tour playing with such greats as vibraphonist Warren Chiasson, and is getting ready for her third outstanding performance at the New Smyrna Jazz Festival.
Often dubbed the hardest working woman in Jazz she doesnt look to give up that title anytime soon. "I've always had music in my life. Theres no changing that now, except for the better."