W.Va. woman to perform Sunday at Capital Pride event

June 08, 2013|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE |
  • Heather Gayle, aka 1 Luv, will perform today at Capital Pride in Washington, D.C.
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WASHINGTON — Heather Gayle of Hedgesville, W.Va., believes that music can bring people together.

That’s why Gayle, 19, and her group were selected to perform today at the Capital Pride event in Washington, D.C. The event is a celebration for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Gayle, who’s a singer and rapper, is known as 1 Luv. Joining her onstage are her dancers, the 1 Luv Crew, younger sister Hope Gayle, and longtime friend Charice Washington of Shepherdstown, W.Va.

“We go every year. It’s a huge event and it’s extremely fun,” she said during a telephone interview. 

Although they’ve attended in the past, Gayle said this is the first time the group will actually perform. 1 Luv is scheduled to take the DuPont stage at 12:30 p.m. today.

Gayle said they were asked to send in a video, bio, photos, original music and other materials to be selected to be part of the event. 


She said the main reason the group wanted to be part of Capital Pride was because it fit into her message of “inclusiveness and diversity and loving every one.”

Gayle said she likes Pride because of “the openness of the people” and also said, “I like how everyone is very kind there.”

They will perform a 15-minute set. One of the pieces 1 Luv and her crew will perform is “Stay” by Rihanna, a song with an anti-domestic violence message.

“That piece is one of my favorites, because I found that three women are killed every day from domestic violence,” she said. 

The song, she said, is “really meaningful,” which fits into “our brand, which is doing meaningful music and doing things that leave people with a message.”

Gayle also will perform two of her original songs she’ll be releasing that day on iTunes, “Bring Me to Life” and “Take Me Away.” Last month she released an original song, “First Round of Applause” on iTunes. All of the songs will be found on her website,

Gayle said she has been working on an album and is always writing.

“I’m constantly creating and putting stuff on my website,” she said.

Gayle said she and her group have been performing together for six years and went to the same church. It was at her mother’s suggestion that Gayle added some dancers to her show and that’s when she brought on her sister and Washington. But they do more than just sing and dance.

“My sister beat-boxes. We do step. We do all kinds of stuff just to make the show more exciting,” she said.

This summer, in between launching her musical career, Gayle will be taking online courses with Berklee College of Music in Boston, majoring in music business. She was accepted into the college’s vocal program on a scholarship and plans to attend classes in Boston at a later date.

As for her performance at Capital Pride, Gayle said she wants people to have fun.

“I hope that they think it was meaningful. I really hope the ‘Stay’ piece touches them, it’s an intense piece and it’s awesome. I hope they have fun during our performance. I hope they sing along. I hope they dance and go crazy, because pride is like that, it’s very loud and very fun. I hope they buy my music. I hope I can get more people part of the 1 Luv family after this event,” she said.

If you go ...

What: 1Luv 

When: Noon Sunday, June 9

Where: Capital Pride, Dupont Stage, off Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.

Cost: Free

Contact: For complete schedule, go to

MORE: For more information on 1Luv, go to or follow her on Twitter @1Luv1Life.

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