Watch List: Gyles - Someone Like You
Awarded for her songwriting and nominated for Best Urban EP at this year's Independent Music Awards, Canadian singer Gyles smooth vocals are complemented musically by her self described 'new Motown pop', the playfully uptempo acoustic version of 'Someone Like You' a catchy admission of being swept away by the all consuming sensation of excitement she feels thanks to that special someone. Born to Jamaican parents, she grew up in a house full of music, 'my parents listened to all kinds of music, gospel, funk, jazz, R&B, rap and reggae. They would play anything Motown, Teddy Pendergrass, Roberta Flack, Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, Grand Master Flash, Run-DMC, Bob Marley...just to name a few. However they never stopped there, my parents would give me the history of each genre so I could have some background on what I was listening to', and Gyles participation in the church choir from an early age provided her with a supportive environment to develop her vocal skills.
Her initial foray into the music business came when she provided the hook for Juno and Much Music Award Winner Carlos Morgan's 'Baby C'Mon', which featured on 'Groove Essentials Vol 1', and throughout high school she was part of a girl group that she founded, DANTE, additionally providing background vocals for Juno award winner Jully Black and Juno nominee Camille Douglas. Deciding to leave the group, she took some time out, and on returning to the music scene in 2007 she auditioned for and won the role of lead singer for Toronto neo-soul band Jamesking, releasing 'Jamesking' (2009) and 'Lied To Me' (2009), the song 'Lied To me' featuring in the film 'Shark City'. In 2012, Gyles branched out into a solo career, releasing her EP 'Love & Denial', and will be performing later in June at both The Toronto Jazz Festival and the Toronto Waterfront Festival.