The youngest of six children of the late Margaret and Lennox Gavan (1992 Hall of Fame Inductee), Gail's childhood and early teen years reverberated with the sounds of various genres of music at the well-known Gavan's Hotel in Quyon, Quebec. She grew up listening to live Classic Rock and Country bands in the famous Shamrock Lounge. Her musical education also included Irish, logging and Ottawa Valley songs taught to her by her father. Gail absorbed those early influences and was soon asked to guest with bands like Howard Hayes, Mick Armitage Band, and Ambush. Her numerous accomplishments include placing 2nd in the Canadian Open Singing Contest in 1989, and in 1991, winning the CKBY Bud Country Talent Search at the Gatineau Clog, subsequently placing in the top 10 in Canada. Gail released 3 compilation CDs of popular house party songs entitled "For the Love of the Valley- Vol. I, Vol. 2" and "For The Love of the Valley Irish"-Vol. 3. She has sold over 20,000 of these CD's , literally out of the trunk of her car!
Gail has opened for many Nashville stars like George Jones, Tom T. Hall, Merle Haggard and Charlie Pride, and has performed at almost every fair in the Ottawa Valley. In 1993, she hosted "Gail Gavan and Friends" on CHRO Pembroke and co-produced and wrote the theme song for another TV show, "Fred's Place", based on her uncle Fred's famous hotel in Chapeau, Quebec. It aired nationally, winning an Independent Producer's Award in Jasper, Alberta. This lead to her becoming the co-host for CBC's "Cottage Country" which had 1/2 million viewers nationally each week!
In 1994, she was voted Entertainer of the Year by the Ottawa Valley Music Association and, in 1998, she hosted and performed in Bosnia with the DND Canadian Peacekeeper Tour. Gail sang the National Anthem in front of the Queen on Canada Day in 2010. With the Ryan Brothers and Louis Schryer, she opened for Pam Tillis, Gene Watson, Sammy Kershaw, Marty Stuart and Lorrie Morgan, among others. In addition, she performs a live show for corporate clients called, "Canada Coast to Coast" at venues like the Museum of Civilization, the Marriott, and Hotel Lac Leamy.
Gail was inducted into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
Gail has written an anti-bullying song, "Bully, Bully" that is being used by many schools to promote a positive message to their students.
Gail teaches French during the day to amazing young ladies at Elmwood School .
There she composes French children's songs and thoroughly enjoys teaching her students French songs from Canada and France.
Gail believes that her passions for singing, song-writing, and teaching French complement each other in a dynamic and unique way!