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Meet Beverly Gibson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Beverly Gibson.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I discovered music at an early age. As a little girl, I stood under the willow tree at the edge of our backyard, looking up through the hanging branches. I sang, and the tree would listen. It was beautiful.

I went on to study French horn, piano, guitar and voice and started writing and arranging original compositions at the age of twelve. Our house was always vibrating with musical activity. When asked how my siblings and I got the gift of music, my dad would respond, “I had a lot of musical talent myself at one time, but I gave it all away to my kids!” He would then smile and play the one song he knew on the piano, On Top Of Old Smokey, using his index finger.

After graduating from college with a degree in art and music, I sought adventure abroad and lived a year in Bahrain, and four years in Milan. Living overseas immersed me into the unfamiliar which had a powerful effect on my senses as I plunged into a world of new sounds, uncharted explorations, extraordinary cultures and foreign languages.

When I returned to the States, I was ready to open new doors and make more music. I met an alternative rock band in Chicago and as their new lead singer we performed all original material and were picked up by an indie label. I went into the recording studio to record and help produce our debut album and it was during that time that I was attracted to the recording process as a means to take music further. I soon set up my own personal studio and am grateful for where it has taken me ever since.

Please tell us more about your music.
I compose music for film and multimedia. When presented with an emotion, concept, or visual image, I enjoy the process of encounter and response. Creating a soundscape is where the music begins. The connection is already there… I just need to discover it. That’s the hook for me. And when it all comes together, it often feels organic. I find this very rewarding.

I’ve always felt that my work has a clear narrative quality. When I wrote the score for a documentary film about college sexual assault and emotional recovery, I saw how the infusion of music gave shape to the piece and adapted the listener to experience emotion as the film unfolded. I look forward to more projects like this where I can work with filmmakers and directors.

I’ve composed for independent films and more recently for a series of Ronald McDonald House Charities video projects. I’ve had the honor of having one of my original songs performed at the National Concert Hall in Taipei in the ‘Ultimate Beauty, Crazy Love’ concert series, which was performed by Taiwanese-American TV personality and violinist, Janet Hsieh, as well as cellist Jean Fong, and vocalist Marielle.

I continue to enjoy performing with bands in the Chicago area. I sing and play accordion with Alewife, a multi-cultural and highly percussive band that plays “exotica” melodies from around the globe. I sing in French, English, and Spanish and we have a lot of fun. I also sing with several other bands on the private party and club circuit which helps me keep up my vocal chops. I enjoy performing a broad range of styles with an assortment of amazing musicians. There’s always more for me to learn!

Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
It’s not uncommon to see artists juggling multiple jobs to help pay the bills, and if there’s a balance between the work load and having time and energy to pursue art, the two can abide together rather well. I know that’s easier said than done in some cases, but setting realistic expectations and keeping an open, positive perspective can greatly help.

I suggest that creativity is a state of mind and not a skill… and the good news is we can bring artistic vision and ambition with us wherever we go.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Creatives, Producers, and filmmakers searching for an original musical score or vocalist can contact me at my website.

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Image Credit:
Rich Rankin, Robert Dicke

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1 Comment

  1. Donna Baer

    December 12, 2018 at 2:42 am

    What a winsome description of the creative process! I’m always moved by Beverly Gibson’s work.

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