Gabrielle was born in Hackney, London. Her unconventional image includes short tight curls and an eye patch or sunglasses she has ptosis, the drooping of one eyelid.
Her debut single “Dreams” topped the UK Singles Chart in June 1993. Other notable singles include “Going Nowhere“, “Give Me a Little More Time“, “Walk On By” and “If You Ever” a duet with East 17.
After a few quiescent years Gabrielle made a stunning comeback with “Rise“, which became Gabrielle’s 2nd UK number one in 2000. The album of the same name also reached the top spot in the UK Albums Chart, where it stayed for 3 weeks.
Gabrielle – Dreams
The successful “Out of Reach” from the soundtrack to the film Bridget Jones’s Diary, reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart. Gabrielle’s greatest hits collection, Dreams Can Come True, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 was released in 2001. In 2004, Gabrielle released her fourth studio album Play to Win.
It reached number 10 in the UK and was the 191st best-selling album of 2004. “Stay the Same” was the 1st single the album. The single peaked at No 20 in the UK Singles Chart, helping the album peak inside the UK top 10.
The 2nd single “Ten Years Time” was the second and final commercial single from Play to Win. One further single (“You Used to Love Me“) was released to promote Play to Win but no video or commercial release was given to the song. A supporting UK tour followed. The track “Sometimes” from this album features on the Love Actually film soundtrack.
In 2007 she released a new single, “Why“, which she performed on The National Lottery show, as well as many other TV slots. In October 2007, her 5th studio album Always was released. Always entered the UK Albums Chart at No 11, Always entered the UK R&B Album Chart at No 4. It included a version of the song “Why” that featured Paul Weller. The final single from the album “Every Little Teardrop” was released.
Gabrielle set off on a sell out UK tour of 14 dates through February 2007. Critics gave positive reviews on her performances. Gabrielle headlined the ‘Zermatt Unplugged‘ music festival in April 2008, along with Alanis Morissette. In addition she headlined ‘Birmingham Pride‘ in 2008. In May 2008, Gabrielle won an Ivor Novello award for Best Song Collection. Gabrielle was also Al Green‘s special guest on the UK dates of his 2008 tour.
Gabrielle – Rise
In April 2010, she returned to the studio to work on her 6th studio album having already recorded songs with MNEK, Bless Beats, Shakka and Biffco. Gabrielle has said, “I have been writing new music in the studio, but there’s no definite date for when that will be released.”
Gabrielle was featured on a track from the Naughty Boy album, Hotel Cabana. The song, “Hollywood“, written by Emeli Sandé and produced by Naughty Boy, is about fame coming and going.
In November 2013, Gabrielle released the album “Now and Always: 20 Years of Dreaming“, followed by the single “Say Goodbye” The album contained 7 brand new tracks, the greatest hits, selected album tracks and remixes. A Headline UK tour entitled “The 20 Years of Dreaming Tour” took place March 2014. In August 2014, Gabrielle headlined the 2nd Night of the Rovinj Festival, held in Rovinj, Croatia.
Gabrielle – Say Goodbye
Gabrielle @ Liverpool Soul Fest
Gabrielle – Out Of Reach