|Loretta Lynn with Crystal Gayle|
One of the most defining attributes of Gayle’s remarkable style is her unique ability to really connect with the songs she sings and she and Rather spend time discussing this topic. Revealing how she’s been able to develop this skill, Gayle says, “You have to be able to put the words across, the lyrics. You have to have a little bit of acting. It’s really in tone, too… You just go in there and you sing, and you put your heart and soul into it, and hope someone likes it.”
While Gayle and her older sister, Loretta Lynn, have both enjoyed tremendous success in country music, she explains that there really wasn’t any sibling rivalry going on—despite some of the media’s reports. Gayle says, “We were so busy, both of us, in our careers, that we really didn’t have time to bicker…We really didn’t have problems. Of course, we’re sisters, we can bicker. In the studio, you should hear us when we’re trying to learn a song. But, no, we really did not have the problem. I look up to my sister. We both have flaws in different ways, but… we love each other. We overlook, and that’s why I think our family is so great.”
Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Hollercast podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.