Singer Gayle talks about her upcoming tour with Taylor Swift, Ticketmaster fiasco
Singer “Abcdefu” Gayle is one of the few people in the world without Taylor Swift concert ticket… who can still enter his show.
“I don’t even have a ticket, they just let me go on stage,” she told Fox News Digital at the American Music Awards.
The 18-year-old is hitting the road with Swift for her “Eras” tour, amid rampant ticket controversy involving Ticketmaster.
Gayle says she got the gig after Swift heard her sing in September.
The two singers met at NSAI Awards, where Gayle was honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association in the category 10 songs I wish I had written.
“Taylor Swift was there… she was being honored for Artist/Writer of the Decade, as it should be,” Gayle told Fox News Digital.
“She saw me play and then crazy things happened after that.”
Tickets went on sale last week for Swift’s upcoming “Eras Tour.” Fans were immediately outraged by the process of obtaining a coveted ticket. Millions of people waited in hours-long queues over a two-day period to be excluded.
Ticketmaster released a statement afterwards, writing, “We want to apologize to Taylor and all of her fans – especially those who had a terrible experience trying to buy tickets.”
Gayle admitted she was unaware of how the ticket office worked.
“I don’t know anything about the system. But I completely understand why so many people want tickets to see the show. I would be exactly stressed too,” she said. “To me, it’s very understandable that there are issues, because nothing like that has happened with the shows… I mean millions and millions of people want to see this show.”
Gayle, who credits Aretha Franklin, Julia Michaels and Swift with some of her biggest musical inspirations, resonates with Swift’s fan base.
“I mean, I would also have a hard time buying tickets now if I wasn’t on stage,” she exclaimed.
Gayle continues to relish the recognition she has earned, including a nomination for Best New Artist at the AMAs. Singer Dove Cameron won the award.
Just last week, Gayle’s song “abcdefu” was nominated for Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards.
Fox News’ Stephanie Giang-Paunon contributed to this report.