In Pictures : Cardiff Big Weekend (BBC News)

August 8, 2011

Here is a photo of Gabrielle’s performance from the Cardiff Big Weekend.

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In Concert : Cardiff Big Weekend

August 6, 2011

Gabrielle played “Big Weekend Cardiff”

Date of event: AUGUST 6TH 2011
Venue name: CARDIFF CIVIC CENTRE

Free admission.
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BBC Radio 1 Adele Quote

January 16, 2011

BBC Radio 1’s official facebook page shared this quote by Adele today,

 

“Gabrielle was one of my favourite singers, & I made my mum buy me an eye patch” (Adele). Classic quotes from a classic Zane Lowe Versus soundclash

Festive Message

December 30, 2010

“I just want to say hope everyone had a great Christmas and have a wonderful New Year!! I’m getting my booty ready to go back into the studio in January… so wish me luck!! Love and hugs Gabs xxxx”

(Originally Posted via Gabrielle’s facebook page.)

Lewis Hamilton tweet

November 29, 2010

Lewis Hamilton tweets about when he me Gabrielle in Abu Dhabi.

The tweet reads:

 Lewis Hamilton 

Wass up everyone. Bit of a back track but here’s me meeting one of the great artists Gabrielle 
And here’s the photo:

Grand Prix Red Carpet Arrival

November 17, 2010
Photo: Naveed Ahmed via lovestyle.com 

Gabrielle Concerts

November 17, 2010

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Photo: Gabrielle performs in Yas Hotel

November 14, 2010

Time Out Abu Dhabi Interview

November 13, 2010

Here is an interview from timeoutabudhabi.com, By David Clack. Originally published: 9th November 2010

Soulful pop stalwart Gabrielle is in the capital this week.

How has the industry changed since you were topping the charts in the early ’90s?
Oh my God! I think it’s barely recognisable now. It’s downloads and iTunes and stuff like that, whereas in my day it was all records and CDs. I know we all have to move on and I’ve had to be dragged kicking and screaming into this whole thing, but it’s cool!

Has the way you make music changed?
No, I still make music the same way, but you have to think about how you promote it now. It used to be just TV; now you’re doing podcasts and people say you’ve got to get on Twitter if you want to let people know about stuff. And I’m like, ‘Me? Twit? I am not a Twit!’ It’s just not my bag. But it’s something I now apparently have to do, so I’ll go with the flow. It probably won’t be me; I’ll have a Twitter ghost writer. I’m a mum! There’s not enough hours in the day for me. You can tell I’m a biddy now, can’t you?

Any plans to collaborate with any of today’s chart-toppers?
Honey, I think they’ve got a world of artists they’d go to before they’d consider me! I’m just doing my own thing and just being excited by what’s happening out there. So collaborating is probably not for me right now.

What’s the latest news on your new album?
I’m currently writing material for it. But I can’t see it happening before the end of next year. I take a long time, I know. But it’ll be a journey and I’m really excited about it.

Are you an F1 fan?
Yeah, and I’m a big fan of Lewis Hamilton. I bought his book and by the time I’d finished it I felt like a proud parent. It’s amazing how he came to be and rose through the ranks. That’s talent for you.

Are you more excited by the race than seeing the other artists perform?
I’m staying a couple of extra days because I want to see Prince, Corinne Bailey Rae and the Sugababes. I’m excited about the racing, but I can’t wait to check out the other bands. Prince is old school and I completely adore him. And I’m watching Kanye West – he’s playing the same day I am, so it’s going to be heaven for me. It’s going to be a busy weekend, but I’m really looking forward to it and Abu Dhabi’s the perfect setting for it all.

Where does the Ivor Novello award that you won in 2008 rank among your career achievements?
I think they’re all equally important. The idea that someone’s taken time out to consider me for an award is an amazing feeling. But the Ivors are very prestigious, so I was very excited about that for a long time. It was the guy who signed me all those years ago who went up and made a little speech before I collected it, so I had a tear in my eye.

Have you ever heard any weird interpretations of your lyrics? 

We’re sure you’re singing ‘Valerie’ in your song, ‘Out of Reach’…
Yes, somebody came up to me once and asked ‘what exactly is it that you’re singing? ‘Dreams can come true, dah dah duh duh dah duh duh duh.’ I can’t remember exactly what they thought it was, but it was hilarious. I think they were quite disappointed when I told them the correct lyrics. Somebody should make a collection of songs with alternative lyrics so you can have a laugh, like a karaoke version.

Gabrielle plays an intimate acoustic set at Longitude Bar, Yas Hotel at 11pm on November 12. Tickets are available from http://www.thinkflash.ae

"Gabrielle to bring old favourites to UAE" – Interview

November 10, 2010

Originally published: By Kelly Crane, November 10, 2010 @Gulfnews.com

In 1999, a song called Sunshine brought a few rays of much-needed happiness into Louise Gabrielle Bobb’s life. More than 10 years later, the Brit soul diva better known as Gabrielle says her two children are now all the sunshine she needs.
“Sunshine was a tribute to my son for being my whole reason for living after many testing years,” she said with real strength in her voice. “Now my little girl and boy are my sunshine every day. They make everything okay.”

Despite a traumatic past, Gabrielle is the girl next door. Well, a girl next door who also happens to be one of Britain’s most successful solo female artists. Life hasn’t been a breeze for the South London schoolgirl who was teased and picked on because of a lazy eye.
“Early on, there was a story I wore a patch because I didn’t have an eye. Some people still believe it. The reality is I’ve just got a lazy eyelid. I’m sure there have been worse stories, but I get shielded from them in case I slit my wrists,” she said with a confidence showing her past is well and truly behind her.
Rumours about her eye were the least of her worries. By the time her debut single, Dreams, hit the top of the charts in 1993, she and Tony Antoniou were an item. He is the father of her child and was her long-time partner.

He was also arrested for the murder of his stepfather. Life turned into a nightmare for the singer and she was hauled in by the police for questioning.
‘Take on anything’
“I’ve had my fair share of problems, but my children have always kept me strong. They are my cushion. They make me believe I can take on anything.”

In 1996, Gabrielle was cleared of any involvement, but Antoniou confessed and was convicted of murder.
Dreams put the young woman with the kiss curl and eye-patch at the top of the charts and in the record books for the highest entry for a female artist.

Since then, the only way was up. Out Of Reach shot to the top of the charts and was also featured on the soundtrack of the blockbuster Bridget Jones’s Diary.
“It’s been a while, but I’m writing new material now,” she said. “I just haven’t had much time with the kids. My son has a better social life than me. He plays football, loves music and dance. He’s a little breath of fresh air. My daughter loves to sing and she goes to acting classes. She’s a little drama queen already just like her mum,” she says with a giggle.

Avid X Factor fans, Gabrielle has joined the thousands in the Wagner supporters’ club. “My little girl and I follow the show. She loves One Direction surprise, surprise. I love Rebecca Ferguson and Mary they have such stage presence.
“But I think it’s unfair that Wagner is ridiculed. The judges put him through in the first place. At least he’s entertaining.”