In 2010, “She Ain’t Got Jack” (performed by Kori Jean Olsen) was a top 10 hit on the Roots/Americana Chart. Gwen co-wrote the theme song for a weekly Canadian TV show called “Powerplay,” which aired for several years. Among other projects, she wrote, arranged and produced a successful series of radio jingles for AccountNet! that went into heavy rotation on Nashville’s Lightning100, resulting in recruiting calls from several advertising agencies.
In 2011, she played keyboards and sax with the Nashville-based pop act Darko Blo along with Sarah McLachlan’s drummer, Kirk Bisquera, opening for Bush and Candlebox. The same year she sang backup vocals and played sax with blues diva Markey Blue as well as the legendary blues artist Nick Nixon, formerly of The Platters.
Gwen is a performing singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, jingle writer and private music teacher. She has had more than a dozen original songs recorded by independent artists and many of her songs have been used in TV and films in the U.S.A. and Canada. Her desire to foster the passion for music and creativity in others led her to establish a successful teaching studio. Gwen graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where she studied songwriting and majored on piano, also performing with the vocal jazz choir.
In 2009, she toured with The Rhythm Angels as a percussionist, harmonica player and background vocalist.
As a bass guitarist with blues/rock club icons The Vaqueros in Vancouver, Canada, in the ‘90s, Gwen regularly shared the stage with rock stars such as Matt Frenette from Loverboy and Pat Steward, Bryan Adams’ touring drummer. She also played bass for Kathi McDonald (former backup singer for The Rolling Stones (Exile on Main St. album) and Ike & Tina Turner). Over the years, she has fronted several of her own pop/rock, blues and country/Americana bands.
Gwen starred in an award-winning TV commercial for Larrivee guitars that was also in heavy rotation for two years on multiple networks. Company sales doubled during the advertising campaign, and for two months they received 4,000 faxes a day requesting Gwen’s identity.
She continues to write record, perform and teach in a variety of genres and is also preparing to tour as a multi-instrumentalist/vocalist with a world music project called “Mystery School.”