“I want to be myself on stage. I don’t want to be someone else on stage. I want to share my story.”
Our Swag Spotlight this week is a young, but talented singer-songwriter, Jamie Gabrielle. Fans of the Bachelor franchise may recognize her from her stint on the reality show, ‘Listen to Your Heart,’ but Gabrielle plans to showcase her staying power by making a name for herself in the country music world.
Growing up in North Jersey, the songstress had an interesting path towards country music. Originally, she was drawn to the pop music that she and her friends were listening to, but she recalls listening to a few, female country music artists growing up. Despite that, Gabrielle knew from a young age that she loved music and songwriting, recalls singing with her Grandmother, and writing songs at the tender age of six. “I just was always drawn to music. I loved the way music made me feel” she tells us, “It was a kinda a coping mechanism for me at first with writing, but now I’m fully immersed in it. It’s my passion.”
When Gabrielle was a little older she started to recognize how much she resonated with songwriting. “I’m a complete lyric person,” she exclaims, adding, “I started to discover writers like Lori McKenna, Natalie Hemby, and that’s what drew me into country music because I Ioved the storytelling.” Of course, McKenna and Hemby are two of the most prolific songwriters in the genre.
Gabrielle continued to pursue her passion, heading to Berklee College of Music to hone her craft, excelling at music theory, and perfecting her songwriting process. Upon graduating, she made the big move to Nashville, Tennessee, where she hit the pavement, playing at writers round and networking within the industry.
Eventually, Gabrielle found herself being chosen to be one of the contestants on the Bachelor Listen to Your Heart, a show that just finished airing a couple of months ago on ABC. Participating in a major network TV show may have provided the songstress with a platform for her music and her talent, but what she took away from the time on the show was much more profound.
With her new found confidence in her passion and fans supporting her, Gabrielle set out to conquer the country music world. Last month, she finally made her debut, releasing her first single entitled “Go To Your Head.” “I was feeling really inspired,” she shared about the writing process for the new song, “…it’s all about loving somebody and wanting to boost their confidence, wanting them to feel good.” She went on to explain that this is exactly how she is in relationships and that she believes in the power of positivity.
Looking ahead, fans can expect more new music from Gabrielle. She plans to introduce herself through her music and hopes that fans can connect to her lyrics. “I will show all facets of my personality and people will see all sides of me,” she promised, “my music is a true reflection of myself.”
Gabrielle truly believes in the power of music, and we are excited to see how fans continue to resonate with her stories and her words.
“Go To Your Head” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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