Photo Credit: Ziggy Bokalders
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 Kelsey Theater, Square Grouper (Jupiter and Ft. Pierce), Terra Fermata, Harbourside Place, Kilted Mermaid, Blue Pointe Bar and Grille, Vine and Barley Stuart, Flash Beach Grille, Harry and the Natives, Gettin' Crabby, Brewhouse Gallery, Tiki 52, Sneaki Tiki, and more.
Grouper Fest, Midwest Sunsplash Festival, Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival, NPR Tiny Desk Contest, Grouper Holiday Bash
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.
The EP single and title song "Soul Sugar" is a creative mix of soul and pop centered around a multitude of percussive elements designed to get your toes tapping and your fingers snapping, while "In These Arms" is a lively rock tune about living in the moment and enjoying newly found love.
"Don't Wait on Time" is a melancholy folk ballad with heady guitar riffs that chronicles an unexpected friendship, regrets, remembrance and the notion of “too little time" that go hand in hand when experiencing devastating loss.
"Not Afraid" started out as what Jodi affectionately refers to as her "angry song." Over time, it evolved into an anthem for anyone struggling to find their own voice and fighting to be heard. The lyrics, combined with edgy guitar licks and deep bass drums, gives the song a rolling momentum that leaves the listener a bit breathless once the last drum beat drops.
"Anything" is an ethereal ballad with stripped down classical guitar, haunting violin and sultry lyrics that describe being immersed in a moment, opening up and giving everything of yourself.
Fitting these songs into just one genre was just impossible - nothing fit inside one box,” said Jodi. "When I let that go, and just wrote what I was feeling and experiencing, the songs took on their own life. It's a unique blend of blues, rock, folk, pop and country - but somehow, it all fits together, and I'm incredibly proud of the finished product."
Soul Sugar was built around minimalistic arrangements, acoustic guitar melodies along with creative drum and percussive elements. "Everything is organic," said Jodi, "Even the finger snaps and claps. They were all created by another human with hands on an instrument or a voice on the mic."
Co-produced By Jodi Gaines, Jeff Coulter & Bryan Lamar. Recorded, Mixed & Mastered at Rain Cat Recording Studio, Stuart, Florida