What is your name?
What is your genre of music?
I’d say it’s a mix between Alternative R&B/Soul and Indie.
Give us a little bio about you.
Gaby Paul started her musical journey by participating in children’s choir as a child and then also began taking voice lessons at the age of 14 at Minneapolis’s MacPhail Center for Music. It was there where she began performing in the genres of Opera and Musical Theater, while being one of the youngest singers in the shows. The techniques of classical singing gave her the additional skill to strengthen her stage presence. She was also active in her school choir and often singing solos. She participated in various vocal competitions and won with superior ratings. Upon graduation from high school, she then moved to Arizona. It was there where she enrolled at Arizona State University while teaching voice lessons and working in radio. She collaborated with Jazz frontman of Count Bassie Dennis Rowland and local Jazz pianist Charles Lewis. Paul likes to infuse her own sultry style into her music, while still having it firmly grounded in Soul. Gaby Paul is a professional vocalist and songwriter, continuing to use her creativity to experiment with different sounds.
What made you go into music and who are your influences?
I started releasing my own original work because it’s what I’ve always wanted to do. I realized I had a knack for writing melodies so I decided to go full force with it. I’m very influenced by Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse. Although I do respect most genres of music.
Are you signed?
At the moment I am not signed even though I have had some label opportunities in the past but they didn’t fit the mould of my creative process during that time.
You released your new single ‘Bedroom Velvet’, tell us about the single.
I released ‘Bedroom Velvet’ because I wanted to build on my creative repertoire, musically. I think it’s a beautiful song that shows my bittersweet and luscious sultry side.
What is the meaning behind the single?
It’s about longing for a moment you wish could live on forever, but yet in a way it does because it stays frozen in time in your mind. When you’re thinking of a memory and you can hear and see everything with all of your senses from that moment, it’s almost like you’re there again.
What was the writing and recording process like?
I wrote the song in under an hour one day at the studio. It took no time at all and before I knew it, the track was done. I’m proud of how it all came together.
Describe the track in two words.
Soft and reminiscent.
Who did you work with on the single?
I worked with my producer Kris Muhly of Alias Audio LLC.
Will we see a music video for ‘Bedroom Velvet’, what can we expect from the creative process?
Definitely! I’m working on editing the music video right now. Visuals are always very important to me because they can tell a story all on their own without you having to explain anything.
Will we see an EP or an album? If so, can you give us a teaser of what to expect?
Yes. I’m in the process of writing an album right now and I’ve wanted this for a long time. I think the year of 2022 is the perfect time to work on one and maybe release it. I’ll be experimenting with my femininity in this body of work and embellishing on both my dark and soft sounds.
Do you have any live shows or a tour coming up and if so, let us know where we can catch you at?
I am planning some intimate acoustic performances for the future with my own stage set-ups and visuals but the exact details and scheduling are not yet released. I’ll keep everyone posted who’s interested in seeing a live show.
What else can we expect in 2022?
Other than my own solo work, there will be plenty of collaborations which I am so excited for! The artists I’m writing with are incredibly gifted and each track has a different sound to debut.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 years?
I’d like to see myself still writing and recording whether that be for other projects I’m involved in like songwriting for film or other people. Nonetheless, I’ll probably still be creating music and visuals no matter the type of outlet. I also have some business ideas I’d like to build on in the future as well.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Everyone has a story and a reason for why they do the things they do. I’m not perfect myself but it’s something I always try to think of so I can understand people better and empathize with certain situations.
When you are at a gig, what are the 5 things you cannot forget?
I have to get into my zone, try not to plan every single movement, let the song speak for itself, be proud of where you are and don’t forget to connect with the crowd who came to see you.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
I do! Here’s my Linktree: https://linktr.ee/gabypaul?fbclid=IwAR26catyj00-It1G250gp838eQsU2jB6xq6Z4Z74iE-roCZLpbXq8us9Sok