It’s impossible not to become infatuated with soulful pop princess Gavin Turek. The LA Native is always clad in a hand-made 70s fringe dress (designed herself in every color) and armed with the best dance moves you’ve ever seen. It’s easy to draw comparisons anywhere from Tina Turner to Beyoncé but really, Gavin is her own force to be reckoned with. Performing always came natural: she grew up with a father who played piano and tagging alongside her mother, who toured coffeeshops singing gospel, often times stealing he mic from her.
Growing up, Gavin obsessively studied two things: music (the likes of Donna Summer, Prince, Lauryn Hill, Diana Ross. Michael Jackson, Giorgio Moroder) and all forms of dance. Originally aspiring to be a professional dancer, she spent months at a time in India and Africa studying their traditional dances that later heavily influenced the choreography in her live shows.
Two special artists in particular became champions early on for Gavin. Brainfeeder genius TOKiMONSTA has been a longtime friend and collaborator. In 2015, the pair released electro R&B infused mini-album “You’re Invited” with a sold out tour and accolades from Billboard, NPR, The Fader, Apple /Beats 1, KCRW, etc. Mayer Hawthorne was the second, recruiting her as the female counterpart in his retro funk act Tuxedo with producer Jake Uno. By 2016, Gavin’s star quality was undeniable. She dominated the stage with guest performances at legendary festivals such as Outside Lands and Coachella and late night performances on Jimmy Kimmel with Mayer Hawthorne and Cee Lo. Her crowning achievement was the release of her single “On the Line” (produced by Chris Hartz of Passion Pit) last May and a 4 show sold out residency in LA in support of it.
This past year, with her own label imprint Madame Gold Records, Gavin released her Good Look For You EP. The release was celebrated with sold out New York and LA shows and strong support from the likes of by Stereogum, Nylon, WWD, NY Magazine, Billboard, Okayplayer, and live sessions with KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic and Paste Magazine. Complex named “Good Look for You” #29 of 50 of the best albums of 2017. Gavin Turek closed out the second half of a busy year with the Good Look for You tour, gracing stages on the East and West coast in support of the EP and her latest single “Birdie Bees.”