Archive for December, 2007

Official Gabrielle Homepage

December 4, 2007

about-gabrielle.co.uk is the official website of Gabrielle.

Interview: HelloMagazine

December 3, 2007

After three years away from the pop scene Gabrielle is back with Always, the new R&B album she describes as being about “heartache with attitude”.

You’ve had quite a long sabbatical. What do pop stars get up to in their down time?

“I don’t label myself a pop star, I prefer to leave that to the younger ones! When I’m not on stage I’m actually being a mum – doing the school run, taking my 12-year-old son Jordan to football, being a cab for him.”

Apparently he thinks Rihanna’s cooler than you

“He’s a great supporter of mine. But he will say things like: ‘Mum, why can’t you do a track like Rihanna?’ or ‘Can’t you add a phat beat here?’.”

You’ve said it’s hard work going on the road as a parent – do you still have the same enthusiasm for it?

“Completely, even more so now that I’m older. When it’s something you love I don’t think you ever lose the enthusiasm. Going on the road with the band and doing live shows up and down the country – my enthusiasm for that will never die.”

Your single Why is a collaboration with Paul Weller. How did that come about?

“My producers had the backing track to Paul’s Wild Wood playing and asked how I’d feel about writing something new to that. I loved the original song so I was really happy about that. They laid it down and I started singing a vibe and Why was born.”

But he actually played on your song in the end, too?

“Yeah. They were like: ‘What if we could get Paul Weller in the studio?’. And within a couple of weeks Paul was in the studio singing my track and playing a few chords and I was chuffed to bits. He is major! I was an Eighties pop kid and I loved him in the Style Council so it was just like ‘Wow’.”

The track is taken from your new disc Always. Tell us what that’s about.

“It’s a classic Gabrielle album. Some of the songs have that summer feel-good vibe. Others are about breaking-up, but still being a strong woman.” “It’s about heartache with attitude. The idea is that you can have a broken heart, but you don’t have to allow it to consume you. You can be sassy with it. The style is very much: ‘I’ve had my heart broken, but don’t think you’re that big a deal’.”

Is your other single Every Little Teardrop in that vein?

“Yes, it’s about breaking up with somebody who made you feel utterly crap about yourself. Then when you finally find the inner strength to make the break, the person who made you miserable says they want you back. And you’re like: ‘I don’t think so. I’ve cried every little teardrop I had over you’.”

You’ve said you’re not looking for a relationship yourself…

“Been there, worn the T-shirt. There are too many great things going on. There is no time – relationships are like flowers, they need to be nurtured and if you don’t they flounder. I’m being utterly selfish, focusing on my career and my family and I’m happy with that.”

And is true you prefer ice cream to sex?

“Every time! You can have as many flavours as you like without being called a slapper. It never lets you down or talks back to you. For me personally it’s about having kids – I’m not interested in sex outside that.”

Studio Albums and Greatest Hits

December 1, 2007

Find Your Way – 1993
Gabrielle – 1996
Rise – 1999
Rise Underground – 2000
Dreams Can Come True, Greatest Hits Vol 1 – 2001
Play To Win – 2004
Always – 2007
6th album – expected late 2011

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In Concert: G-A-Y Anniversary

December 1, 2007

December 1st 2007

15 YEARS OF G-A-Y + 20th ANNIVERSARY OF WORLD AIDS DAY

Sharon Osbourne hosted a star packed line up to commemorate the 20th World AIDS Day and to celebrate 15 years of G-A-Y! The Sugababes, Westlife, Girls Aloud, John Barryman, Alison Moyet, Richard Fleeshman, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and surprise guest Gabrielle wowed the G-A-Y crowd on a stage adorned with a 18ft high Red Ribbon.

Special appearances were made by Kelly Osbourne, Jesse Medcalfe and Jason Orange from Take That.

A donation of £10,000 was made on the night to the Foundation by G-A-Y.

PHOTOS

Biography

December 1, 2007

It’s not often you can truthfully say this of a singer, but here it is:
Gabrielle is unique. She’s unique as an artist, with that instantly familiar shimmery voice and those tender-tough lyrics and way of phrasing that makes every song feel deeply intimate. And she’s unique as a “star,” in the sense of having achieved a great deal without becoming an in-your-face, look-at-me “celebrity.”

Gabrielle’s career got off to an incredible start in 1993 when she broke the record for the highest chart debut by a female with the single ‘Dreams’ (it went in at 2, before rising to Number 1). A 23-year-old club singer from Brockley, South London, she was the archetypal outsider: she didn’t possess the sort of belting voice you’d expect of an R&B vocalist, and she was self-conscious about a childhood injury that left her with a drooping eyelid. “There were so many other girls with better voices and a hell of a lot skinnier than me that I thought I had no chance,” she says now. Turning flaws into virtues was the trick. An eyepatch made her visually striking and the voice made her distinctive – and her differences contributed to her becoming Britain’s most successful soul singer. It’s why the likes of musicians like Daft Punk and Talvin Singh have chosen to remix her work.

Despite taking a few years off in between albums, Gabrielle incredibly returns to greater success. In an industry where longevity is becoming increasingly rare, the hits have been unstoppable: ‘Give Me A Little More Time’, ‘If You Ever’, ‘When A Woman’, ‘Out Of Reach’. And then there are the albums; the triple platinum ‘Gabrielle’ and the quadruple platinum ‘Rise’ and ‘Dreams Can Come True’. It’s no surprise this success has seen Gabrielle pick up a few awards over the years. Brit Awards for Best Newcomer and Best Female Vocalist, MOBOs for Best Single and Best Album and in 2008 she was awarded an Ivor Novello for Best Song Collection.

It’s seventeen years since ‘Dreams,’ a span that has seen Gabrielle outlive dozens of pretenders to her soul-queen throne and it’s time for another Gabrielle Album. Currently recording in the studio and very excited about embarking on a new sound and adventure Gabrielle says ” I can’t wait to get back out there, the last live shows I did were as Al Green’s special guest, it’s time I got back on stage again, it’s what I know and it’s what I love!! ” This will be Gabrielle’s 6th studio album and will be well worth the wait.