Welcome to the Official Web Site of Gaye Adegbalola

Also known as Miz A. and, to her hometown, as Gaye Todd -- hence, Hot Toddy Music ...

For Bookings

The Tina Terry Agency has been booking performances for Gaye Adegbalola. She can be booked solo, in an acoustic duo, often with John Freund. Also, the agency has added a new division, AMERICAN MUSIC EDUCATORS Gaye can share her “Life in the Blues” and can be booked for workshops and speaking engagements. Further, she can share such topics as “Civil Rights” and “Gay Rights” — stories of her life of activism. See the performance options page.

The Tina Terry Agency can be contact via email at tina@tinaterryagency.com. Via phone at 336.255.7109.


SAFFIRE REVISITED is being booked by Al Berman at Out Loud Talent.

SAFFIRE REVISITED consists of original Saffire members, Andra Faye and Gaye Adegbalola with the incredible Kelley Hunt on piano.


Performing in Acoustic Duo

Gaye and John Freund at the River City Blues Festival, 2018


About Gaye

For many visitors to this site, no introduction is needed - Gaye has performed all over the world individually and as part of the group Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women. However, to briefly introduce Gaye, she is a mother, a Blues Music Award winner and a former Virginia State Teacher of the Year. She now sees herself as a contemporary griot* -- keeping the history alive, delivering messages of empowerment, ministering to the heartbroken, and finding joy in the mundane.

Saffire ended in November of 2009, after making music together for 25 years. Since that time, Gaye continues to perform, write songs, and give presentations and speeches. Her children's CD, "Blues in All Flavors," released in 2012, received the Parents' Choice Gold Award for Music. In 2013, Gaye & The Wild Rūtz formed and started touring in 2014. In April 2015, their first CD, "Is It Still Good to Ya?" was released. It garnered her a Blues Music Award nomination for acoustic artist of the year. In January, 2019, she will release another solo CD, “The Griot.” It will be her 6th recording on her own label, Hot Toddy Music. Though progress has been slow in the past few years, Gaye has renewed her dedication to work on her autobiography/memoir.

In March of 2018, Gaye was named one of the Virginia Women in History by the Library of Virginia. Other inductees include Barbara Kingsolver and Rita Dove. As part of this women’s history month celebration, there was a feature about Gaye on National Public Radio (NPR). In July, 2018, at the National Women’s Music Festival, Gaye received the Kristen Lims' “Social Change Through Music” Award — presented by the national Women in the Arts organization.

Gaye Adegbalola

If you want to get to know her better, here's how to get up close and personal:

- To find out who she is and what she's done, visit her bio page. Meet her family. See her hair change over the years.

- To hear what she sounds like and some songs she's written, visit her videos. Check out "Big Ovaries, Baby" (#7). Watch "The Bald Headed Blues (#14)"

- To learn her thoughts on life & love, visit her writings page. What does she think of Ike Turner (Article #10)? What are the lyrics of her original songs on "Is It Still Good to Ya?" (Writings & Lyrics)?

- To see how she teaches, check out more videos. Yes, songwriting can be taught (#8). Yes, performance can be taught (#9).

- To support & enjoy her, buy her CDs. All of her recordings have been critically acclaimed - visit reviews. Hear for yourself at shop. She can't live on social security alone.

- To really get up close and personal, contact her & book her - as a solo, or an acoustic duo with John Freund, . She's got so much mojo to give you.

* Griot (gree-oh) = a member of western African societies whose function is to keep an oral history of the tribe or village and to entertain with stories, poems, songs, dances, etc.

Blues in All Flavors CD cover

Gaye's Children's CD "Blues in All Flavors" wins Parents' Choice Gold Award for Music

For many years, Gaye has been wanting to create music for children. When bullying events became highlighted in the news, that gave Gaye the impetus she needed. So it is that this CD addresses bullying, health issues, kindness, the environment, etc. -- topics important to children and . . . ALL "G" RATED.

Each song is written and performed in a different blues "flavor" or style. From Piedmont to Delta to Chicago-style, jump to doo-wop, funk to rock, Gaye introduces young listeners and allows them to have a taste of many delicious blues forms. The CD also includes a 16 page booklet of lyrics.

Watch the video for "Blues for the Greens," one of the songs on "Blues in All Flavors."

Video created by Bill Green

Visit the "Blues in All Flavors home page to listen to MP3 samples, download lyrics & guitar chords, download learning activities, and find a definition of each song's blues "flavor."