Gail Best started her singing career later in life than most people. She was in her mid 40s when she started a Karaoke business just so she had an opportunity to sing. Eventually she was booked by upscale restaurants and event planners as a vocalist. She left Karaoke behind and focused on a singing career; something she thought would never happen, thinking she was too old to do at this stage in her life.
Through the years she has performed many styles of music. Her favorite being Blues and Jazz. Gail's extensive repertoire includes a variety of music and styles. She's comfortable singing Patsy Cline, Reba or Carrie Underwood for a little boot-schootin' or the old jazz standards by Sinatra or Billie Holiday for an elegant affair. But don't let that fool you, she can rock with the best of them, singing everything from Janice Joplin, The Stones or Fleetwood Mac. As she will tell you, blues is her favorite music to sing. She says, "Just give me a blues riff and let me go." When I'm standing in front of a group of great blues artist and belting it out, I'm in heaven and all is right with the world. I love to sing the blues." And for those who want to party all night to some classic disco tunes she can fill the dance floor singing Donna Summer, Gloria Gainer or even The Commodores Brick House. Gail says her two most requested songs by her fans are At Last by Etta James or Crazy by Patsy Cline.
Gail is also a Certified Music Practitioner. She has been trained to use music, sound and rhythm medicinally for patients in nursing homes, hospitals and hospices. She is certified through the MHTP, Music for Healing and Transition Program, accredited by the National Standards Board of Therapeutic Musicians.
Ms Best sings for seniors in retirement communities and assisted living facilities as her "day job." She performs toe tapping songs from the 40s, 50s and 60s. Gail has developed a sing a long show that proves very beneficial to memory care patients. She plays guitar and sings the songs from their youth.
Because music is stored all over the brain, it can still be recalled even after other memories can no longer be accessed. Even patient's who no longer communicate verbally will sit up and sing along when an old familar tune from their youth is played. Gail says it's like being able to take part in a miracle.