GayeLynn McKinney's drumming style is electric; transitioning from
jazz to latin to rock to funk, she is a woman with many facets. Her signature style
of drumming can be seen through her uncanny improvisation, power, speed and an
always-present deliberate control. McKinney is a founding member of the Detroit
based, Grammy nominated all female jazz group STRAIGHT AHEAD. McKinney is
also a talented saxophonist and singer and a member of a musical dynasty, which
helps to explain her powerhouse style!
GayeLynn was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, her father, the legendary
Harold McKinney, was a formidable jazz pianist and composer; her mother
Gwendolyn McKinney a renowned singer and vocal instructor. She began playing
the drums at the age of two and has had ample exposure to the creative music
scene since birth.