Michael S. Gayle Bio

Some of the world’s most intriguing, gifted, and famous musicians hail from Germany, such as Bach, Beethoven, Wagner and Michael S. Gayle. Michael, a native of Stuttgart, Germany raised in the United States, is a multi-talented musician and Composer with a background in Caribbean/Jazz, Gospel, Contemporary Christian, and Classical music. He is a proficient Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Composer and Film Scorer, with excellent skills in various instruments including the saxophone & piano.

At the tender age of four, Michael started playing the Melodica without formal training. By the age of eleven he learned the saxophone and played extensively at school and community functions.  Michael was so committed to broadening his musical knowledge, that he attended Adelphi University College of Arts and Sciences, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Music performance with a concentration in Music Composition (B.A.). Not stopping there, he attended New York University, Steinhardt School of Music, where he obtained his Masters of Music Degree (M.M.) in Film Scoring & Multimedia as well as a second Masters, in Music and Music Education from Columbia University Teachers College.  Michael is now pursuing his Doctorate (Ed.D.C.T.) from Columbia University Teachers College.

Michael served as Music and Fine Arts Director at Providence Assembly of God. He was also the collaborator for community programming at the Black Respiratory Theater, Artist Educator for the Rhode Island Philharmonic School of Music, Musical Director/Minister of music for several churches and has given instrumental and vocal training at various inner City locations such as Nathan Bishop Middle School, Boys & Girls HS, Blackstone Academy HS and the Bradley Hospital for Children with occupational disorders.

Michael’s enthusiasm for music didn’t just stop at learning, playing and teaching. His love for it allowed him to grow into a proficient Artist. He composed and arranged his own music as well as collaborated with aspiring writers and musicians. Michael’s first Album “Run Dem Red” Produced by Bill Sample and Don Moodie display’s the best of Michael Gayle’s talents as a Jazz musician.
“The Michael Gayle Experience” shows you a Saxophonist that plays smooth Gospel Jazz music that grooves and uplifts your spirit. “Michael Gayle the Encounter Live” invites you to take part in pure worship. Believing that Music is a natural resource from heaven, it’s easy to see how worship is very close to Michael’s heart.

Michael is Founder and CEO of Michael S. Gayle Media Inc. a production company that provides a variety of entertainment services under one umbrella. Michael Gayle is a force to be reckoned with in today’s music. He credits his musical inspiration to Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Dave Koz and David Sanborn, who happens to be a personal friend. Michael's music is reminiscent of the classic musical structure found in songs of the ‘80s with a Caribbean/Jazz-infused style. Michael’s profound love for music is evident in each note he plays, and his dedication to sharing this love with one and all will ensure his musical longevity in an otherwise short-lived industry. You can find Michael playing the saxophone, organ or keyboard on Sundays at The Greater Allen Cathedral. 
He is also an Adjunct Professor and Jazz Band Director at St. Johns University and an Adjunct Instructor at Columbia University. Mike as he is known to most, is a devoted husband and father of four.

Musical performance, Musical Director

Musical Director for The Greater Allen Cathedral 7 Last Bars - 2021

Scored and played orchestral arrangements for Sanborn Sessions - 2020

Composed orchestral arrangements for Rhonda and Diana Ross - 2020 

Featured saxophonist at Carnegie Hall - 2019

Accompanied on saxophone Gospel singer BeBe Winans  - 2017

Accompanied on saxophone Gospel singer Le’Andria Johnson - 2017

Accompanied various Artist at BMI Hip Hop and R&B awards, the tribute to Patti Labelle - 2017

Musical Director and Saxophonist for the Black Gospel Angels, touring in Germany - 2015 to 2016

Accompanied The Altino Brothers on Saxophone at Carnegie Hall - 2015

Scored and arranged music, (Musical Director) for an off-Broadway Musical, The Anthem - 2014

Serenaded Most Honorable Portia Simpson-Miller, the Prime Minister of Jamaica at a political event in Montego Bay, Jamaica - 2006

Accompanied Phil Driscoll on Saxophone at Madison Square Garden in New York City - 2006

Accompanied Patti Labelle on piano at the Limelight Club in New York City - 2002

Accompanied Patti Labelle on the organ at a repertoire for the Angel Ball Benefit for Cancer Research - 2001

Accompanied Patti Labelle on Saxophone at Caesars in Atlantic City - 2001

Accompanied Patti Labelle on Saxophone at the U.S. Open in New York City - 2000

Opened for Jimmy McGriff and Hank Crawford at Devon’s House in Montego Bay, Jamaica - 2000

Featured Artist on Saxophone at the Jamaica International Ocho Rios Jazz festival, in Ocho Rios, Jamaica - 2000

Featured Artist on Saxophone at the Sonny Bradshaw Jazz Festival in Montego, Jamaica - 2000

Accompanied on saxophone the Gospel Hit Makers at the Blue Note, Osaka Japan - 1990


Discography Writer/Producer

Pastor David Wright presents, The Legacy Continues, “Use me Lord”- 2011

Maurice Lauchner, Hymns & Songs from the Heart, “All I Need” - 2010

Corey Henry, A Christmas with Cory Henry, “Misty Christmas” - 2010

Bishop Albert L. Jamison, Show Yourself Mighty album, “Not My Will” - 2007


Discography Engineer

Michael Gayle, Michael Gayle The Encounter Live in NY - 2012

Michael Gayle, The Michael Gayle Experience - 2012

Corey Henry, A Christmas with Cory Henry - 2010

Maurice Lauchner, Hymns & Songs from the Heart - 2010

Leon Brown, Conversations  - 2008


Discography Saxophone, keyboard & Orchestrations

Shirley Caesar, Fill This House - 2017

The Meditations, Jah Always Find A Way - 2016

Don One- The Sound of Brooklyn - 2014

Bobby Ray Falcon- Lamplight - 2012

Michael Gayle, The Michael Gayle Experience - 2012

Michael Gayle, Michael Gayle The Encounter Live in NY - 2012

Bobby Soverall, You Alone - 2009

Coko, A Coko Christmas - 2008

Paul Porter, A New Day - 2008

Victor Simonson, Victory - 2008

Leon Brown, Conversations - 2007

JD Smoothe, Smoothe Thoughts - 2006

Ingoma Music Presents, Sk.a. Uprising - 2004

The Meditations- Stand in Love - 2004

Glen Washington, Can’t Keep A Good Man Down - 2001

Rev. Timothy Wright, He’s A Rock - 2000

Michael Gayle, Run Dem Red  - 2000

Glen Washington, Glen Washington, and Friends - 2000

Dennis Brown, Believe in yourself - 1999

The Meditations, Ghetto Knowledge - 1990

Affiliations: ASCAP