Kelowna singer celebrates release of new single, explains hardships of being an artist during the COVID-19 pandemic

'Sink, or you can swim'

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Kelowna’s Teigen Gayse tells Castanet what it’s like to be a singer-songwriter during a time when live entertainment is on pause.

Gayse is celebrating the release of her most recent single I Don’t Wanna Fall in Love Anymore, which was released March 12, telling a powerful story of heartache and resiliency.

“I write all my music myself so far, so I’m really proud about that … I write about real life experiences and my songs are like my diary,” she says, adding that the song was inspired by a breakup she experienced.

“Its a sad, bitter-sweet song. Of course, we all want to fall in love. It’s the most magical beautiful thing, but sometimes comes heartache if it doesn’t work out, and I’m just happy that I wrote a song that everyone can relate to. I feel like everyone's had their heart broken.”

The release comes as the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, a difficult time to be an artist, according to Gayse.

“It’s been tough, but I’ve been putting all my energy into the recording process, which has been great. I found a really wonderful producer that’s about 45 minutes away from me in Coldstream — Jeff Johnson with Bailey Way Entertainment,” she explains.

The main avenue she’s taken to get out and engage with the public is social media.

“Theres a lot of things you can be doing to still stay on top. You can either sink or you can swim, and I’m swimming,” says Gayse.

She has already booked some upcoming live performances in hopes of pandemic restrictions easing. If allowed, she will be performing at The Vibrant Vine Winery this summer.

“It’s been good in general for wineries, but in terms of the events portion, it was definitely a difficult year,” says general manager Valeria Verholen.

The Vibrant Vine is known for its events, and while they were able to host some COVID-friendly events during the summer, that all stopped when provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced all events could not take place in November.

Despite this, the winery is hopeful that restrictions will continue to ease.

“We will be so happy to have Teigen. Anything that’s outside is probably going to be a go. We’re waiting for Dr. Henry’s new order to see if we’re able to do just that, or perhaps a little bit more,” says Verholen.

In previous years, The Vibrant Vine hosted large events with up to 300 guests.

“Thats what were looking forward to doing, however, it might be just the 50 people restriction. We’re working really hard to make these events happen in a very safe manner. We’re lucky at the Vibrant Vine to have lots of spaces, lots of outside venues as well as inside.”

To listen to Gayse’s new single, visit her website here.

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