August 2010 Featured Musician, Gabrielle Louise

Gabrielle Louise is a nationally touring troubadour noted for her poignant lyrics (a two-time John Lennon Songwriting Contest finalist, winner of the Jack Maher Songwriting Award) and lush voice. The daughter of two gypsy musicians, Gabrielle inherited the genetic predisposition to wanderlust and song.

Here’s what she’s been up to lately (since January 2011):

“The vision began with an interest in using alternative fuel to tour, as we’ve spent the last 4 years traversing the country over and over again to play gigs. “There must be a better way to do this than by trashing the planet,” we thought! After plenty of research, we converted our tour bus to run on Bio-diesel from a 100% recycled Waste Vegetable Oil source. After two years of touring by this method (including trips to Alaska and back) we are completely convinced of the viability of using recycled, carbon neutral fuel. To spread the word about the viability of alternative fuels, Chris began giving lectures at universities and venue alongside the musical show.

This, coupled with a long time interest in intentional communities and artistic collaboration, led us to conceive  of a nationally touring carpool of creators. It seemed like we’d done our best to convert our tour vehicle to an environmentally friendly vehicle, but by carpooling we could extend the opportunity to more inspiring people as well. After all, if you put Chris and I in a room with creative, innovative, solution-minded people, we’re as happy as a clam.”

Here’s more about the Muses Market.

Gabrielle Louise Is Active in Musicians in Action
Denver-based Gabrielle Louise Tours in her “Veggie Van”

Gabrielle has toured and recorded with a wide variety of configurations, but all presentations fall under the creative umbrella of “The Gabrielle Louise Show.” Variety is the ticket. Don’t be surprised to catch a tango performance by the dancers who frequent her shows, or an exhibit by a local artist or photographer. She can be found serenading and storytelling around the country, sometimes solo, sometimes with a full band in tow. Most recently she’s done a lot of collaborating with David Rynhart– fellow songwriter and creative craftsman. For these duo appearances, David adds lovely vocal harmonies, guitar work and piano.

Gabrielle Louise’s music is anchored deeply in folk, but undeniably drawn to rich harmonies and melodic adventurism. Her sound has the earthy feel of early Joni Mitchell while also veering into the spirited delivery of fellow genre-hopping artist Martin Sexton. Unafraid to take a random musical escapade in the name of inspiration, Gabrielle is at one moment folkie and ethereal, the next moment a smoky jazz chanteuse. She has 100% independently released four records, Journey (2006), Around in Circles, the E.P. (2007),Cigarettes for Sentiments (2008), and Live in Coal Creek Canyon (2009).

Gabrielle’s music has been best appreciated in listening atmospheres with introspective, attentive crowds. She is striving to communicate more soul than special effect and gently entice her listener to release their grip on the status quo. In a music industry that tends to view its artists as either super-stars or failures, Gabrielle aims to break the trend by offering her creative personality as-is, a professional presentation of her private journaling.

As a performer and songwriter, Gabrielle has made a commitment towards the environment. In 2007, she released a single, “Save the Arkansas” that seeks to bring awareness to a dire environmental situation that is threatening the health and safety of the Arkansas River Watershed. Having both grown up and worked as a raft guide on the Arkansas, maintaining the purity of its waters is very important to her.

Recently, Gabrielle has been getting deeply involved in the world of alternative fueling. She tours in a Veggie Van, affectionately dubbed “Vita,” using what would be thrown out restaurant grease to fuel the tour vehicle! To read about how she does this click here. Gabrielle Louise and her tour manager, Chris Garre, give workshops along the way, explaining to interested environmentalists how the technology works to convert and run a vehicle on used grease.

When Gabrielle Louise isn’t performing, she’s most likely tango dancing, hiking a mountain, or jumping off a cliff into some summer river.

New City Gallery In the original songwriting realm, she has 100% independently released five records, Journey (2006), Around in Circles, the E.P. (2007), Cigarettes for Sentiments (2008), Live in Coal Creek Canyon (2009) and most recently, Mirror the Branches (2010.)

“Articulate and gifted, Gabrielle Louise… is an artist who comes to music from a literary vantage point, first and foremost…But the lyrics standing alone are only part of the story…As a vocalist Gabrielle Louise dives deep into her songs, exploring them in a warm, sturdy voice reminiscent at times of Joni Mitchell…especially in the falsetto flights and lower register swoops…She executes a captivating balance of heartache and resolve.”

David McGee, The Bluegrass Special Magazine, Deep Roots Magazine (New York City, New York) Previously editor for Rolling Stone Magazine, Pro Sound News, and Spin.

“Gabrielle Louise is a deceiving package. Though young and beautiful, the guitar-playing singer/songwriter sounds like an older woman. Her pop/country blend is distinctly adult-contemporary in flavor and boasts mature lyrics. Lovers of folk music will appreciate Louise’s strong voice, which she uses with equal success on stunning high notes and rumbling lows.”

The Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO)

http://www.gabriellelouise.com/

1 Trackback / Pingback

  1. 10 Ways Musicians Make Money Without Sacrificing Creative Freedom | Musicians for Freedom

Leave a Reply