Jeffrey Gaines

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Jeffrey Gaines
Gaines in 2018
Gaines in 2018
Background information
BornAugust 25, 1965
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
GenresRock, Modern Rock, Pop, Alternative Music, Folk Rock
Occupation(s)Singer, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1990–present
LabelsChrysalis, Rykodisc, Artemis

Jeffrey Gaines is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, he was signed to the Chrysalis Records label in 1990 and released his debut album, Jeffrey Gaines, in 1992.

Life and career[edit]

The first single off the Jeffrey Gaines album[1] was "Hero in Me". Gaines performed that song live on Good Morning America and the song received some radio and MTV airplay, but it would be the b-side to his second single that would eventually give him his biggest hit. "Scares Me More" featured an acoustic live version of Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes", which Gabriel had taken to number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1986. Re-released by Gabriel in 1989 after a resurgence in popularity due to the song's inclusion in a key scene in the film Say Anything..., Gabriel's single recharted but failed to hit the Top 40. Gaines' acoustic version received some radio attention but neither side of the single managed to chart nationally in 1992.

Gaines re-recorded both live and studio versions of "In Your Eyes" in 2001 for his fourth album, the independent release Always Be, and the song was released to radio. This time Gaines hit number 22 on the U.S. Adult Top 40 chart[2] and the slow-burning hit remained on the 40-place chart for 22 weeks.[3] Gabriel's own version of the ballad also continued to smolder, being certified as Gabriel's first U.S. Gold single to date in 2005, 19 years after its release.[4]

Gaines was one of the artists invited to contribute vocals to the benefit CD We are Family, produced by Nile Rodgers after the September 11, 2001 attacks with profits going to the families affected by the tragedy and "dedicated to the vision of a global family" and respect and understanding of cultural diversity.[5] The single peaked at No. 9 on Billboard′s Hot Singles Sales chart in late 2001 and number 32 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart in early 2002.[6][7]

Gaines has performed his original compositions live on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, VH-1, Friday Night Videos and A&E's Breakfast with the Arts.

Gaines has toured with artists including Paula Cole, Tori Amos, Tracy Chapman, Melissa Etheridge, Sting, Shawn Colvin, Edwin McCain, The Bacon Brothers, Joe Jackson and Stevie Nicks.[8] In addition to the Gabriel song Gaines' sets of original material occasionally include covers of songs by other artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, The Monkees, Traffic and Roberta Flack, and he continues to perform live, with several dates achieved throughout 2012.[9]

In 2016, Jeffrey did an extensive career retrospective interview with The Pods & Sods Network.[10]



  • Jeffrey Gaines (1992, Chrysalis Records)
  • Somewhat Slightly Dazed (1994, Chrysalis Records)
  • Galore (1998, Rykodisc)
  • Always Be (2001, Artemis Records)
  • Toward the Sun (2003, Artemis Records)
  • Jeffrey Gaines Live (2004, Artemis Records)
  • Alright (2018, self-released)


  • "Hero in Me" (1992, Chrysalis Records)
  • "Scares Me More" (1992, Chrysalis Records)
  • "Headmasters of Mine" (1993, Chrysalis Records)
  • "I Like You" (1994, Chrysalis/EMI Records)
  • "I Know a Man" (1994, Chrysalis/EMI)
  • "Right My Wrongs" (1998 Rykodisc)
  • "We Are Family" (with Various Artists, 2001 Tommy Boy Entertainment)


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Jeffrey Gaines – Jeffrey Gaines : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved March 29, 2013.
  2. ^ "Jeffrey Gaines – Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved March 29, 2013.
  3. ^ "Adult Pop Songs : Oct 27, 2001 | Billboard Chart Archive". Archived from the original on November 22, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database – March 29, 2013". RIAA. Archived from the original on March 29, 2015. Retrieved March 29, 2013.
  5. ^ [1] Archived January 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ [3] Archived July 13, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Show Reviews". Retrieved March 29, 2013.
  9. ^ "Jeffrey Gaines Tour, News And Links". February 26, 2004. Retrieved March 29, 2013.
  10. ^ "jeffrey gaines | THE PODS & SODS NETWORK". Retrieved July 21, 2017.

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