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Gabby Michelle is a Boston-based songwriter, vocalist, worship leader and multi-instrumentalist.
Gabby started playing piano at the age of 6, and writing songs at age 9. In high school, Gabby started singing her original songs at local open mic nights in her hometown and performing them at every opportunity in her high school concerts, showcases, and recitals until she secured the attention of Berklee College of Music, who, in 2014, offered her generous scholarship to study both songwriting and music therapy.
Raised in an all-female house, Gabby grew up with strong values of female rights and witnessed the strength of independent women, something she often reflects in her songs. As a teenager, Gabby began using her gifts in community settings, leading music at church, and making home demos of original songs to share with other girls who could relate to her stories. She was salutatorian of her high school class, and involved in various leadership positions through National Honor Society and other organizations, through which she used her platform to speak out about issues and inspire change in her community. She later began leading worship in churches throughout New England, recognized for her gift of spontaneous songwriting.
Eager to expand her color palette as both a future therapist and a songwriter, she started learning guitar, as well as a little bit of ukulele and cajon. Gabby's studies in music therapy lead her to student practicums at the Boys & Girls Club of Boston, Upham's Elderly Day Center, Hale House (assisted living), and Beth Israel Medical Center, using music in clinical settings to stimulate healing, communication, and community social skills. During her time at Berklee, she has initiated 2 different bands, striving to develop and pursue her original sound. She cofounded the all-female band of songwriters, The Living Room Collective, which toured the east coast the summer of 2016.
She has played shows at the Red Room, Loretta's Last Call, Makeshift Boston, and various Berklee venues, and loves connecting with her audiences at each show.
Her unique vocals, dreamy melodies, and lyric-centered songs define Gabby’s original sound.
Gabby released her first single, “Love Woke Me Up," on iTunes in August 2016, an anthem of love overcoming depression. LWMU received a positive response, with victims of depression and anxiety reaching out and connecting to the powerful messages in Gabby’s music. She took on an internship teaching music and mentoring teenage girls in the greater Worcester area in the summer of 2016, and felt a deeper calling to using music to positively impact people. Gabby later initiated an internship in collaboration with Anchor Boston Church, offering a monthly workshop space for songwriters in the community, and continues to actively volunteer and lead at Anchor.
Gabby Michelle's debut record, 'August' releases on iTunes, Apple music, Spotify, Tidal, and all streaming services in October 2017. The title track, “August,” is an autobiographical testimony of defeating mental illness and calling out lies women are taught to believe about themselves. Her dream is for “August” to empower women, normalize treatment for mental illness, and give the world honest songs of love and freedom.
© 2017, gabby michelle.