Skylar Gudasz is a multi-instrumentalist-singer-songwriter from Durham, NC. She has toured extensively in the U.S. & Europe, supporting the likes of such luminaries as the Mountain Goats,Teenage Fanclub, Robyn Hitchcock, Television, Mount Moriah, Fruit Bats and Eric Bachmann in venues ranging all the way from the 9:30 Club to Pappy & Harriet’s to a 2017 showcase at the Central Presbyterian Church at SXSW.
In 2016, Skylar released her debut record, “Oleander”, an album of lyrically-driven, expressively rendered songs spotlighting her one-of-a-kind voice and unconventional, yet, catchy melodies. The album and corresponding performances led the LA Times and MTV News to praise her "knockout vocal", the " bell-like force" of her voice, and the Bitter Southerner to call her "the Joni Mitchell the South never had".
A native of rural Ashland, VA, from a musical family, Gudasz began playing flute at age 5. Later, in elementary school, her brother taught her to play classical guitar. A songwriter since before she could even read, she first started writing on her family’s old Steinway, teaching herself to play piano at the same time. After moving to North Carolina to study theater and creative writing at the University of North Carolina, Skylar fell in love with the local music scene and began playing in several different bands, ultimately honing her skills into what producer Chris Stamey calls “a triple threat — a singer, composer, and poet”. Her music videos, like the popular one for her song "I'm So Happy I Could Die”, showcase yet another layer of visual creativity and playfulness - even more ammunition in the possession of this serious, budding artist.
Skylar cut her teeth touring the world as a part of Big Star's "Third” collective, performing flute, guitar, harmony and lead vocal. These shows, from Barcelona to Australia, featuring Jody Stephens, Mike Mills, Ira Kaplan, Cat Power, Jeff Tweedy, Ray Davies, the Kronos Quartet, Sharon Van Etten - to name just a few - finally culminated in the film “Thank You, Friends” that premiered in April 2017. Gudasz’ performance in the film has been hailed as “stunning”, “ascendent” and “breathtaking”.
Most recently, Skylar has co-written a song with legend Louise Goffin, contributed vocals to the upcoming 2018 Superchunk release “What A Time To Be Alive”, and toured with Hiss Golden Messenger to support their record “Hallelujah Anyhow”, appearing on national network TV with them for the show “Late Night with Seth Meyers”. 2018 will see her going to the studio in January to record what will become her second full length album.