“Convince My Mind” available now
California-born songwriter, pianist, composer, and vocalist Gild Walton releases the official video for her debut single, “Convince My Mind.” The single introduces you to Gild Walton and the dark and captivating story the 23-year-old has to tell, including her experiences with overcoming drug addiction and prostitution.
At just 23-years-old, Walton translates life’s beauty, pain, and truth into haunting lush pop music inflected with cinematic overtones and poetic lyrics. As a kid, she developed a fascination with the darker side of culture, obsessing over Edward Scissorhands, Tim Burton and The Phantom of the Opera in equal measure. Beset with depression and later self-harm, she shuffled through high schools before opting for homeschool.
Aspiring to a career as an opera singer, she eventually attended Utah State University, where she ultimately decided to major in criminal justice with hopes of working in the FBI cybercrime division. However, life took a series of unbelievable twists and turns. She turned to earning extra money by operating a phone sex line, which eventually lead to webcam modeling and sex work. Drugs and alcohol anesthetized the shame, but couldn’t save her. Returning to San Diego, she detoxed alone and triumphantly got clean.
On a whim, she shot a direct message to Tommy Brown with her music enclosed. Within ten minutes, conversations about her own artistry began. In the aftermath, she signed to his Champagne Therapy Music Group and Republic Records and makes her introduction with “Convince My Mind.”