This Autumn is set to be a rather significant one for singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin. Not only has she made her iTunes festival debut supporting Emeli Sande, she’s also about to release her debut single ‘Please Don’t Say You Love Me’.
Recently dubbed as a female version of Mumford & Sons, Gabrielle is only nineteen years old and originates from Bath in Somerset. Up until recently she would probably have been recognised as ‘Gaberrz’ – the name of the YouTube account where she first clinched attention by covering song ‘The Liar and The Lighter’ by Surrey- based band You Me at Six.
Whilst still at high school her fanbase grew due to her many covers, originally grasping interest due to the fact she would take rock songs and reinvent them into her own style. Soon after this, Gabrielle impressed again by demonstrating her songwriting abilities and recording her first 3 E.P’s – the latest of which, ‘Home’, peaked successfully at number 10 on the iTunes album chart.
Gabrielle’s strength lies in the honesty of her songwriting and she has admitted that her songs are all autobiographical. Her songs offer the listener something personal that they are also able to relate to and that, doubled with Gabrielle’s smooth, incredibly unique voice, leaves the listener hooked. Personally, I believe Gabrielle’s breakthrough performance came with her cover of Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’ for BBC Introducing. To take a song that is already acclaimed for having such emotional depth and perform it with a completely different, almost haunting quality, shows a vast amount of talent.
A lot of artists emerge from YouTube nowadays, but it’s quite an experience to have followed Gabrielle’s progress over the last three years, from playing the guitar in her bathroom to performing at venues throughout the country. It’s refreshing to know that there is talent in Britain that doesn’t follow the generic route of emerging from reality television shows.
So grab yourself a copy of Gabrielle’s first single on the 18th of November!