Gaye Adegbalola has been singing (and songwriting, playing guitar and harmonica) with Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women since the popular group's inception in 1984. After 25 years of performing together and thousands of miles of international touring, Saffire ended in November, 2009.
Gaye continues to tour and, as of fall, 2012, has 15 CDs in national distribution (10 with Saffire), including 4 on her own label, Hot Toddy Music. Originally an educator (honored as Virginia State Teacher of the Year in 1982), Gaye conducts workshops and seminars covering topics such as Blues Vocal Techniques, Songwriting, Vocal Performance, and History of Women in the Blues. In 1990 she was the recipient of the prestigious Blues Music Award (formerly the W.C. Handy Award – the Grammy of the blues industry) for her song "Middle Aged Blues Boogie." Gaye’s latest release in March 2012, “Blues In All Flavors,” is a children's CD which recently won a Parents' Choice Gold Award for Music. Ever the teacher, on Gaye's website (www.adegbalola.com) she has created many learning activities to accompany each song on the CD.