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Jodi Gaines is an emerging American singer-songwriter and a true Florida native known for her soulful sounds and lively performances with Nashville guitarist / vocalist Eleni Skiba.
She is a touring artist, performing at national festivals and local hotspots, including the GrouperFest, Midwest Sunsplash Festival, Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival and more.
Jodi's debut EP Soul Sugar, a genre-bending, deeply personal compilation of soul, folk, rock and country tunes, was released on March 23, 2018. The title track Soul Sugar was officially entered into the 2018 NPR Tiny Desk Contest on March 19, 2018. Jodi's first single, Butterflies, a blues ballad featuring guitarist Jake Walden, was released in August 2016. The duos latest single, Shelter, will drop on July 12, 2019.
In 2017 Jodi founded Rockliscious, a concert series focused on highlighting women in music and giving back to the community. It too enjoyed much success during its inaugural 2017 Summer Tour at Terra Fermatta and The Funky Biscuit and raised enough money to put a talented young musician through music school for one year.
Eleni Skiba is a seasoned musician with over 35 years of musical experience, and has stepped up with some of South Florida's best bands over the years. Eleni's energetic rhythm provides anchor and vibe, along with soulful melodic harmonies that perfectly complements Jodi's vocal style.
From 2009 through 2014, she was the resident rhythm guitarist and harmony vocalist for The Samantha Russell Band and from 2014 to present, Eleni is one of the accompanying local musicians on backup vocals and guitar for Nashville Recording Artist, American Idol Season 14 & 15 Alumna and Top 24 Finalist, Emily Brooke. She also performed with up and coming Nashville Recording Artist Cassidy Daniels for A Salute to America's Heroes at Harbourside Place in 2015, and has shared the stage with Old Dominion, Kelsea Ballerini, Dustin Lynch, Charles Kelley, Chicago and other National artists. During her tenure, Eleni has won numerous awards for Best Local Band in 2011 (Samantha Russell Band), 2015/2016 (Emily Brooke) and the 2017 South Florida Country Music Award (Emily Brooke).
Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Prince, Grace Potter, ZZ Ward, Bonnie Raitt, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bill Withers, Bob Dylan, Pat Benatar, Colbie Caillat, Sheryl Crow, KT Tunstall, Tracy Chapman and more.
The Grey Eagle (NC), Jitters and Lions Tail Brewing (WI), Montanya Rum Distillers and Vino Salida (CO), Lorelei (Islamorada), Tim Finnegans (Delray), Pareidolia Brewing Co (Sebastian), Sneaki Tiki (Stuart), Sarasota Sky (Sarasota), Robot Brewing Company (Boca), The Kelsey Theater (Lake Park), Square Grouper (Jupiter and Ft. Pierce), Terra Fermata (Stuart), Harbourside Place (Jupiter), Kilted Mermaid (Vero), Blue Pointe Bar and Grille (Jupiter), Flash Beach Grille (Hobe Sound), Harry and the Natives (Hobe Sound), Gettin' Crabby (Stuart), Brewhouse Gallery (Lake Park), Tiki 52 (Jupiter), and more.
Grouper Fest, Midwest Sunsplash Festival, Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival, NPR Tiny Desk Contest, Grouper Holiday Bash, Treasure Coast Carnival & Music Fest
Shelter is a heartfelt acoustic rock ballad written for those going through hard times or struggling with sadness or depression - something all of us go through at some point in our lives.
The raw acoustics lend to the emotion and intensity of the song. Starting with a slow finger-picking rhythm, the melody, along with Jodi's voice and lyrics, builds to a happier tone taking you on the full emotional journey from melancholy to sunshine.
On her debut EP, American singer, songwriter Jodi Gaines delivers a genre bending, deeply personal experience to listeners.
Soul Sugar is a compilation of soulful, sultry, hard hitting themes about love and loss alongside edgy "finding yourself" anthems that just about everyone can relate to. It's a unique blend of soul, rock, folk, pop and a very slight hint of country, all tied together with strong, velvety vocals and smooth guitar riffs.
Butterflies, an acoustic blues and soul ballad, is the debut single of singer/songwriter Jodi Gaines. The smooth, stripped down guitar, subtle snares, and the deep resonance of the vocals creates a visceral experience meant to invoke the feelings we get when we're nervous, unsure, excited or passion-filled.