Singer Songwriter, Actor, Gayle Nerva spent her formative years absorbing Pop Culture in her home country, Singapore. Being born into a musically inclined family, she grew up listening to artists like Queen, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. She was also inspired by 90s female singer songwriters and urban RnB artists and went on to teach herself the guitar and started writing her first songs at the age of 13.
At the age of 16, Nerva competed in the second season of Singapore Idol and made it to the Top 12 Finalists. Following her success of the competition, she performed and represented her country, singing in not one but two of Singapore’s National Day Parades. She also performed for the Youth Olympic Tour in 2010, singing in Berlin, Mexico City and Seoul, Korea.
Returning to school, she enrolled herself in a Fine Arts program in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Her most recognised work is her Sequinned Portrait of Oprah Winfrey which was showcased on The Ellen Degeneres Show in 2014.
Gayle went on to host and act in several television programs in Singapore as well as worldwide. Debuting her acting career in 2011, she played ‘Gayle’ in the television series The Kitchen Musical, which aired in over 19 countries, showcasing her singing, dancing, and acting chops. Gayle is currently most recognised for her role ‘Suzanne’ in the Singaporean long form television series ‘Tanglin’.
Nerva released her debut single, ‘Pretend’ in 2015. It is an urban electronic pop song, with dark lyrical content drawing from personal experiences. Following that, she has released 2 more singles, an upbeat pop track 'Always Summer' and an electronic dance pop track 'Echoes'.
Leap of Faith - Life with Yoga
It's been about 2 and half years since I began teaching Yoga. It was the end of 2017 and I was feeling incredibly down about everything. Unfulfilled, and just all round felt like I was going no where. So I decided to take a break from media and throw myself into a Yoga Teacher Training, without knowing very much about it! (lol) #noregrets
2 and a half years is not very long as a practitioner let alone a teacher, but I've learnt so much and was so inspired that I knew I had to share what I'd learnt.
I took a chance and decided to try something new, and without a doubt, I felt it in my bones and in my breath that I was meant to teach.
(Fun fact, I had to study the practice and how to teach Yoga for the role 'Suzanne' on the show 'Tanglin'. She was part time yoga instructor in the show. She probably had a hand in my Yogi life)
I just love everything about Yoga, everyday I discover something new, I realise something about myself or think about something in a way that I never saw before. I've become more calm, focused, motivated, disciplined, light-hearted and at peace.
That's basically it, I love encouraging people to find strength and acceptance within themselves. To inspire people to share their gifts with one another. I love how Yoga inspires one to be better, to be kinder, to be the best version of themselves. I love how yoga brings us closer together, in the pursuit of wisdom and peace.
So, whether you've been to my class before, or know me from TV, or the world of social media, thank you for being here, and wanting to connect. I hope this platform will give us a chance to get to know each other more outside the classroom or the grids of Instagram. In the meantime, stay safe and be well, see you soon my friend.