Music / May I Come In

“…a great collection of songs with a range of emotions, good stories, honest delivery…”
Jim Wilke, Public Radio International

At once subtle and elegant, sultry and soulful, Gail Pettis’ rich, warm vocals and understated phrasing have inspired comparisons to Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughn and Carmen McRae. The Seattle-based vocalist shines on her debut recording, offering very personal interpretations of standards such as “Black Coffee,” “Moonlight in Vermont,” “A Certain Smile” and the title track. Pettis also explores less traveled territory with songs like ‘Help a Good Girl Go Bad,” The Guy I Dream About” and an original, “We’ve Met Before,” by pianist Randy Halberstadt. “Gail’s delivery invites the listener into a warm and intricate atmosphere of musical magic.” – Overton Berry, Seattle Jazz Hall of fame.


  1. May I Come In? 6:05
  2. Help a Good Girl Go Bad 3:25
  3. A Certain Smile 4:38
  4. Moonlight in Vermont 5:15
  5. Show Me 4:48
  6. Black Coffee 6:35
  7. Desafinado 4:36
  8. I Just Found Out About Love 3:06
  9. I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Face 3:04
  10. If I Were You 3:57
  11. We’ve Met Before 5:36
  12. The Girl I Dream About 3:27
  13. She Spoke to Me 4:08


Gail Pettis – vocals
Randy Halberstadt – piano (3-6,8,11,12)
Darin Clendenin – piano (1,2,7,10,13)
Jeff Johnson – bass (3-9,12)
Clipper Anderson – bass (1,2,7,10,13)
Mark Ivester – drums, percussion
Darren Motamedy – flute (7)
Marco DeCarvalho – guitar (7, 13)


Produced by Gail Pettis
Recorded and mixed by David Lange, David Lange Studios, Edgewood, WA
Mastered by Mark Guenther, Seattle Disc Mastering, Seattle, WA
Cover photography by Dominic Bonuccelli (
Design by John Bishop


  1. May I Come In
  2. A Certain Smile
  3. I Just Found Out
  4. If I Were You
  5. He Spoke to Me

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