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. “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. Following her dreams Gabrielle launched her career wearing an eyepatch that made her visually striking a voice that made her distinctive – and her differences contributed to her becoming Britain’s most successful soul singer.
In 2000 Gabrielle notably returned to the charts with the hit single Rise, which featured a Bob Dylan sample of \'Knockin on Heavens Door\' (that he cleared himself after hearing the song) and again reached the number one spot. The multi-platinum album \'Rise\' followed in the same footsteps and topped the charts at number one.
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’, \'Sunshine\' and ‘Out Of Reach’ which she wrote for the soundtrack of Bridget Jones\' Diary. Then there are the multi-platinum albums; ‘Gabrielle’ ‘Rise’ and ‘Dreams Can Come True’.
It’s no surprise this success has seen Gabrielle pick up a number of prestigious awards over the years. Brit Awards for Best Newcomer and Best Female Vocalist, MOBOs for Best Single and Best Album, an Ivor Novello for Outstanding Song Collection and Gabrielle appeared with not just one but two albums in the official UK 100 records of the decade. That\'s why the likes of Daft Punk and Talvin Singh have chosen to remix her work, rock legend Paul Weller recorded a duet with her, soul legend Al Green chose her to appear as his special guest on his UK tour and multi-platinum songstress Adele revealed she used to wear an eyepatch and impersonate Gabrielle who was one of her favourite singers when she was younger.
Its nineteen years since \'Dreams\' and time for another Gabrielle album. Currently recording in the studio and very excited about embarking on a new adventure Gabrielle is ready to hit the stage again. Gabrielle says " I cant wait to get back out there, its what I know and what I love" Gabrielle has a huge collection of hits and now we can look forward to her 6th studio album.