|Born in 1966, as Kayleen June Gibbons, Kay
grew up in the Victorian town of Lara and
the saltpans of Avalon Beach.
|Blessed with many talents but possessed of a carefree soul,
she allowed singing to claim her as a career after leaving high school.
Highly trained as a singer and dancer she followed this career with a variety
of bands, Kay devoted a decade to the life. She played in tribute bands,
cover bands and bands playing all originals in which she played a major
part as song-writer. She kept her hand in with photography and painting
for good measure.
In 1994 Kay took a break from music to explore other parts of herself and it was during this time that she enrolled in Professional Writing and Editing at the Gordon TAFE.
|Kay's first CD, 'The Real Live Adventures
of Sweet Funky Blue, featuring Kay's songs and vocals. Scott McFarlane
on guitar and special guests, Dave Carlos on flute and sax, and Theresa
Trigg on Violin, recorded and engineered by Paul Trigg.
Cover Illustration and Design:
Kay Gibbons and Friends. From left to right; Jan Scherpenhuizen and Lynette Jones, backing vocals; Kay Gibbons, lead vocals; Scott Mcfarlane, guitar; Dave Carlos, flute, sax and harmonica.
A restless innovator in music and art Kay's songs range in influence from Jazz to gospel and soul. Her art is inspired from diverse influences, from the Pop Art of Andy Walhol to the Fauves and Matisse. Characterised by a vivid use of colour and a bold approach to line, Kay's work is richly symbolic. Passion, playfulness and spirituality play a role in many of Kay's paintings which remain part of her ongoing search of self.
|Kay's alter ego, Edith, in 'Edith and the Coffee Cup'.|