Birthplace: Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Executive summary: Singer for Stewart/Gaskin
Barbara Gaskin first became ensnared in the music industry while studying at Kent University in 1969. It was then that she became the vocalist for the folk-revival band Spyrogyra (not to be confused with the similarly-named jazz fusion band that would surface later), which went on to release three albums and extensively tour Europe and the UK before dissolving in 1974. During this period she also sang as one of the "Northettes" -- a female vocal trio assembled to record with jazz-rock band Hatfield and the North.
After the end of Spyrogyra, Manning embarked on an extensive, 3-year exploration of Asia, during which time she supported herself as an English teacher (as well as a singer during her stay in Japan). Upon her return to England, she once again began her musical and personal association with former-Hatfield keyboardist Dave Stewart, providing vocals for his band National Health and later contributing to recordings by his next project Bruford. A tenure with the all-female band Red Roll On also took place during this time.
In 1981, Stewart and Gaskin joined forces to record a cover of the Lesley Gore bubble-gum classic It's My Party. They followed up with a series of singles released across the next three years (later collected together on the album Up From the Dark in 1986) and founded the independent label Broken Records to release them. The Stewart/Gaskin duo has since continued to be Ms. Gaskin's primary musical outlet.
Husband: Dave Stewart (musician)
Spyrogyra Vocalist (1969-74)
Hatfield and the North Vocalist (1973-75)
National Health Vocalist (1977-78)
Stewart/Gaskin Vocalist (1981-)
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