Tradition and ingenuity do not always need to be at odds. When a balance is struck, growth occurs.
Tender, New York-based songstress Gabrielle B., born Gabrielle Bruner, is what happens when talent and fundamentals meet progressive sound. The neo-soul genre has come to mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Like personal favorites Jhene Aiko and Lauryn Hill, Gabrielle’s music demonstrates an understanding that soul fundamentals are as important to the equation as anything else.
Songs like “No One Else (But You)” and “Easy” let a simplistic but elegant musical backdrop boost original, emotive songwriting. But occasionally soft mood music gives way to the edge of scorned love. Gabrielle’s music is, above all else, honest self-reflection shared with an audience.
“It is not at all hard to imagine B. as one of the city’s most popular artists in the near future,” Oklahoma Gazette wrote in a review of the singer-songwriter’s 2017 EP Shift.