Primary Instrument: Drums
GayeLynn McKinney's drumming style is electric; transitioning from jazz to latin to rock to funk, she is a woman with many facets. Her signature style of drumming can be seen through her uncanny improvisation, power, speed and an always-present deliberate control. McKinney is a founding member of the Detroit based, Grammy nominated all female jazz group STRAIGHT AHEAD. McKinney is also a talented saxophonist and singer and a member of a musical dynasty, which helps to explain her powerhouse style!
GayeLynn was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, her father, the legendary Harold McKinney, was a formidable jazz pianist and composer; her mother Gwendolyn McKinney a renowned singer and vocal instructor. She began playing the drums at the age of two and has had ample exposure to the creative music scene since birth....
Gayelynn McKinney selected as a self driven, self motivated musician, to be featured in Jon Brumits radio tour. The tour celberates Meto Detroiters with unusual get-up-and-go such as Gayelynn McKinney, who fought to become one of the few female professional jazz drummers. - Michael Hodges, The Detroit News
Metro Times featured Gayelynn McKinney's first solo self released CD It's About Time. Part of the legendary musical McKinney clan and a member of Straight Ahead, drummer-keyboardist McKinney delivers a perfectly pleasant smooth jazz disc, including covers of Makin' Love in the Rain and Don't Worry Be Happy. Then there's the curve ball of the wailin' title track. Session players include violinist Regina Carter and Cassius Richmond. - W. Kim Heron, Metro Times