Gail Payne is an experienced singer and cabaret performer.


"Gail Payne's show 'Red, White and Blue Burgoo' combined honesty, deep thought, humor and irony with great vocals and masterful musical arrangements for a savory show that was anything but cliche.  A show worthy of being seen on a national scale."
-- Shannon Forsell, Artistic Director and CEO, The Cabaret at the Columbia Club, Indianapolis

“In ‘Red, White and Blue Burgoo,’ a heady mix of American anthems, humorous Americana and personal stories, Gail Payne artfully and genuinely embraces her love of country.”
-- Jim Dolan, Presenters Dolan, St. Louis Cabaret Festival & Emerald Room at The Monocle

"Gail has grown into a seasoned performer, at home up close and personal with any genre -- Great American Songbook, show tunes, standards, jazz, blues, country, chanson and gospel."
-- Rita Kohn, NUVO Newsweekly review Nov. 2015

Gail Payne is a successful cabaret artist, residing in Indianapolis, Indiana.  She has performed at such acclaimed Indianapolis venues as The Cabaret at The Columbia Club, The Indiana Repertory Theatre Cabaret Room, The Jazz Kitchen, The Chatterbox, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indy Fringe festival, as well as the Sheldon Auditorium, Kranzberg Arts Center, KDHX Stage, and The Emerald Room in St. Louis.

Gail has had extensive national study in the art of cabaret performance.  She was invited to participate in the prestigious, audition-only, International Cabaret Conference at Yale University.  Payne was one of 20 artists from four countries studying the art of cabaret with award-winning performers, composers and musicians such as Faith Prince, Sharon McNight, Amanda McBroom, and Sally Mayes with music direction by Alex Rybeck and Tex Arnold.

She was also invited to study in the acclaimed St. Louis Cabaret Conference in 2015 and 2016 where she studied with such prestigious performers, composers and musicians as Faith Prince, Jason Robert Brown, Christine Ebersole, Marilyn Maye, Karen Mason, and Ann Hampton Calloway.  

Tony Award-winning Broadway Star, Faith Prince, and her coaching partner, Natasha Hause, continue to coach Gail on her cabaret craft and budding national career.  

Photography by Mark Shelton.

Click here to download Gail's resume. 


Review of La Vie, L'Amour (Life, Love)
Rita Kohn

A quintessential story of love, loss and the wisdom set in the Paris of our dreams, artfully delivered with quiet grace. Gail Payne is building a solo cabaret career with piano accompanist David Duncan, known for his "just-right for the vocalist" musical arrangements. Mark Goetzinger's meticulous stage direction comes through the particular nuances Payne brings to each song, carefully chosen to support the revealing narration that follows her from wide-eyed innocence to seasoned traveler. Sizing up her duplicitous lover pushes her to choose zestful, fruitful life. Humor, pathos, anger, resolution surface and draw us in. Payne is especially alluring interpreting Edith Piaf.

Gail Payne Sings Indianapolis' Song
by Shari Rudavsky

For Gail Payne, it all goes back to the Cultural Trail. While working on the project six years ago as a staff member at the Central Indiana Community Foundation, she started dating her then-boss, Brian Payne. She left to start her own public relations company, The Goods, whose motto is "Thoughtful Marketing, Authentic Living," and eventually married Payne.

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Indianapolis PR pro Gail Payne turns her life into an IndyFringe production
By Cathy Kightlinger

Indianapolis public relations pro Gail Payne has been a fixture in the city’s social scene for years.

Payne, the former director of marketing and communications for Central Indiana Community Foundation, operates the Indianapolis marketing firm, The Goods, which (among other things) helps promote the city’s arts and food scenes. And she’s married to CICF President Brian Payne.

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