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Gayla Earlene was raised in the small town of Inola, OK. As an only child she had a very close relationship with her parents who provided a christian home. At the age of 11, she accepted Christ as her personal Savior.

Her dad sang and played guitar and was a huge fan of Hank Williams. Her dad's influence played a big part in her love for music and Hank is still her all time favorite songwriter and singer. It was during these early years, that she began writing poetry that soon became songwriting. She began her professional singing career at age 16.

Gayla met her husband, Gene while in the music business and they have spent their years together in both country and gospel. While in country music, they performed alongside many known personalities such as, Roy Clark, Freddy Fender, Minnie Pearl, Johnny Russell, Hank Thompson, Mel Tillis, Billy Walker and many others. In 1990, following the tragic death of her Mother to cancer, Gayla completely surrendered her all to God and it was then that God called Gayla and Gene into Christian music. While in the gospel industry they have performed with the likes of Colin Raye, Mark Wills, Connie Smith, Jack Greene, Linda Davis, Kevin Sharp, Freddie Hart, John Berry, Crystal Gayle, Marty Raybon and others.

They have been guests on many radio and tv shows and have been featured in various newspapers and magazines. Their music is being played throughout Europe, Australia and Africa as well as the USA. Their travels extend all over the US playing in various venues.

Gayla and Gene have had the distinct opportunity to perform on the Grand Ole Opry as well as the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN and have taken part during Fan Fair week where they enjoy meeting many fans and having the opportunity to share Christian Country Music to thousands.

Gayla has recorded six albums since 1994 with husband Gene as the producer and steel guitarist, along with her cousin and friend, the late Randy Hardison as her co-producer and drummer.

She recorded a Country Christmas Album in 2000 and a new Country/Christian Country project entitled "Broken Pieces" was recently released. The title song and first release from that album "Broken Pieces" went to #1 on the charts in both September and October, 2001. Her second release, "7/24/365" went to #1 status for three months consecutively, May, June & July, 2002. To date, Gayla has celebrated 7 number One songs in Christian Country Music.

In June, following the tragic death of her cousin/producer/drummer and one of Nashville’s finest songwriters, Randy Hardison, Gayla has once again turned to the Lord as her strength and song and is planning on a new album in honor of her cousin to hopefully be released next year. Randy and Gayla wrote the 9/11 heart wrencher entitled, "The Day The Planes Came".

On her way to Nashville to finish the current album, Broken Pieces, along with husband Gene Crain, the 9/11 event occurred. As a way of release and the only way she knew to cope with the happening, Gayla began to write the song and had it penned by the time they arrived in Nashville. She then handed the lyrics to her cousin Randy and he arranged the song. The next day, along with Gene, Randy and a group of the best pickers in Nashville, the song was born. Many listeners have cried tears of pain as well as joy in hearing the song. It is a song of reflection, tragedy and victory for America through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Gayla Earlene
Broken Pieces

  Audio Samples
   One Horse Town
   Broken Pieces
   I Didn't Know I Never Knew
   I'm Alive

Gayla Earlene
City Girl

  Audio Samples
   City Girl
   The Door
   When Grandma Prayed
   He Was Gone

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