Amikaeyla Proudfoot Gaston's musical career began at age 4, studying classical piano, flute and vocals for over 20 years. As a trained vocalist, her musical techniques include classical choral opera, Acapella madrigals, jazz, blues, rock, funk and international styles from West Africa and South India. She has performed at the Kennedy Center and with the Lisner Symphony; Bottomland - World-beat Troupe; Big Village - pop/rock band; Kulcha - African Pop Band; Imani - Acapella Troupe; Kiva - Madrigalia Sextet; Bloodroot - Acapella Duo; Fire & Earth - Folk and Folklore troupe; Caravan - South Indian Healing Music Ensemble; Rhythm Alice - Dance and Drum Assembly; and Snap Culture - drum ensemble. Other performances include off-Broadway productions of Jesus Christ Superstar as Mary Magdalene, and Lady Sings the Blues as Billie Holiday. She also specializes in the study of Afro-Cuban drumming, particularly, the Djembe, Conga, Sangban, Djun and Bata. In 1996, she founded Amethyst & Indigo, the National Womyn of Color Foundation for Cultural Exploration, Retention and Healing through the Arts, Education and Outreach, Inc.