Gal Fawkes is the solo musical project of myself, Phoenix Chris Ellsworth. I started this around August of 2016, and it has been a phenomenal learning experience to get to the point where I’m able to say that I have officially released an album, Near Life Experiences, to distributors across the world. You can buy the album at CDBaby or on iTunes, Amazon, and most other digital retailers. You can also listen for free on SoundCloud and Spotify. It’s not perfect, but it’s something I’m very proud to say I’ve accomplished, and a piece of art that I am proud of in it of itself.
My music comes from a variety of places, but mostly it comes from dealing with adversity, whether that’s struggling with mental illness (quick rundown: BPD, OCD, PTSD, Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorder) all of my life, struggling with being trans and bisexual in the American South, or grieving the suicide of a friend a few years ago. Songwriting has always been an act of catharsis for me. The only difference between now and ten years ago, is that I’m a little more skilled and I have a lot more at my disposal in terms of recording technology. Right now I’m not sure if I’m going to turn this project into more than just one album. Right now I’m just happy that the album is out, that I found a way to get my words out there, to get my music out there, which is something I’ve been trying to do ever since I picked up the guitar in fourth grade and tried to start a band with a drummer that didn’t have a drum kit and a second guitarist that had never played before but had his uncle’s beat up 70s guitar somewhere in his house.
There’s also a side of my music that’s based on social commentary and politics. Unfortunately only one song like that made the album this time, but I imagine if I get around to making a second album, that’s something you’ll see more of. Whoever “you” may be. For now, I humbly place those twelve tracks at your ears whether you want to help me out a bit by buying an album, or if you can’t do that right now and just want to listen (which is perfectly fine; the point of music is for it to be heard, not for it to turn a profit). Thank you for being here and supporting me in whatever way you can and are. I wish only the best for you.
Oh, and you can check out my personal blog over at Fawkes and Opinions if you want to get to know me a little better.