She may have recently broken her finger — and put an X-ray on the cover of her latest song — but now, the 17-year-old Nashville-based singer-songwriter is starting 2022 on the right foot.
Gayle — no nickname, just “Gail” — made her television debut last week on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon. The Texas native performed the world pop single “abcdefu” on the show, and also sat down with Fallon for a quick interview about the track’s success.
“I remember hearing it for the first time on the radio,” Fallon said. “Go, that’s a huge song.”
In the rock-and-roll breakup anthem, Gayle curses just about everything about an ex-boyfriend, from his family to “Craigslist’s couch” and “the way your voice sounds.”
“I was into you, but now I’m more than that,” she shrugs at the crunchy energy strings. “And I’ve been trying to be nice, but nothing goes by / So let me make this clear: ABCDE, F….”
We’ll let you fill in the blank. Gayle isn’t on the studio version, but on “The Tonight Show,” she sang “Forget You” to TV watchers—just like CeeLo Green did to clean up his 2010 song.
Now on Atlantic/Arthouse Records, Jill has spent her teenage years (so far) on trips to Nashville to pursue songwriting and recording. At 14, she made an impression on Kara DioGuardi—songwriter, producer, publisher, and former judge on “American Idol”—who signed Gayle to Arthouse.
“abcdefu” reached number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Spotify Global chart. Like its previous independent singles, the song has found a large audience in South Korea, and on TikTok, the song’s letter-fueled chorus has become a way for users to learn American Sign Language.
“I pretended I sat on this sofa years ago in my house,” Gail told Fallon. “And now here I am, and that’s thanks to this app on my phone.”
She also shared the story of her previously broken finger: She tripped over her house while trying to harness her dog. However, there are no hard feelings toward the canine community: One of the highlights of “abcdefu” comes after Gayle curses everything in an ex’s life, adding “everyone but your dog.”
The “Tonight Show” couch was packed with local talent on Gayle’s ring—sitting to the right of her was a comedian, first-time Grammy nominee and Nashville’s Nate Bargatze.
While the song abcdefu continues to gain traction (with three alternate versions including “angry” and “cold” renditions), she also told Jill Fallon that she will be releasing a new single later this month.
It will begin in three cities of intimate concerts on March 9 at Exit/In Nashville, followed by a stop at West Hollywood’s Roxy Theater on March 14 and Mercury Arena in New York on March 22. Tickets and more information available at www.gayleofficial.com