Interview with Memphis based artist Gabby Green
Gabrielle Green, aka “Gabby Green” is a biracial (German and African) singer, songwriter and rapper from Memphis, TN. She always known the Princess on Memphis. She is best known for her hit single “Lil Baby” and her debut on VH1’s K. Mi-chelle: My life Season 3. Gabby has opened for Cardi B, The Migos and more.
When did you first discover your love for music?
I discovered my love for music when I was about 4 years old. I was introduced to music and singing at an early age in church by my father. I’ve tell people all the time that I’ve always been in love with music because music kind of chose me. I grew up in a COGIC church and was only 4 years old when my father asked me to sing my first solo for one of our services.
Being so young at the time, him asking me to sing in front of a crowd was just like him asking me to draw a picture or recite a poem and I had no what being nervous even was, so it just came natural to me. I can’t remember a time where I didn’t have a passion for music, because I’ve been loving and pursuing music ever since then and it’s all I know.
What is your ultimate goal at the end of your career?
My ultimate goal at the end of my career is to enlighten, motivate, and encourage people to go out and be 100% of who they’re called to be. I want my music to uplift people when they’re down or going through a hard time, and bring happiness. My music is universal. I want to use my platform to show my fans that you don’t have to compromise your soul, or your dignity to pursue your dreams and become successful in life. I want to be not only a true artist, but a true role model for every single person looking up to me. On top of that, I want to be able to put another striving artist in position to win. Once I’ve done that I feel like I’ll be able to say a lot of my mission is complete.
What suggestions do you have for other artist like yourself?
DON’T GIVE UP. You can do something to advance yourself or your career every single day whether it is writing, researching, recording, planning, practicing, etc. Never sleep on yourself, and never let anyone outwork you for you. As an artist you have to know your worth, and then add tax. I always suggest educating yourself on the industry you’re in, and surround yourself with people who you know have your best interest. Having a good team is important.
What musical influences did you listen to growing up that helped to mold you into the artist you are today?
My musical influences were iconic, seriously. When I wasn’t’ in church or listening to gospel, I indulged in a whole lot of rhythm and blues. I loved that old school rnb vibe, and it still holds so much weight to me today. Around the house my mom listened to Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, and I enjoyed groups like TLC, Boys II Men, and Xscape.
I grew up listening to a lot of artists from the 90’s especially Tupac, Biggie, and Aaliyah… all of which were my favorites. Besides the 90’s era, I was also easily influenced by neo soul. Artists like Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill had me at hello. All of these impacted my development and have each added something special to my growth as an artist.
What do you think your “biggest break” or “greatest opportunity” has been so far in your musical career?
One of my biggest breaks happened during my freshman year of college. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was sitting in my Copyright Law class when all of a sudden my phone starts ringing like crazy! I stepped out to answer, and it was a call from K. Michelle’s assistant asking did I want to be a part of her reality show on VH1. At that time, she was hosting auditions on the show for her new label. I got the opportunity to sing on national television, which really helped boost my platform and solidified that co-sign.
What impression would you like listeners to be left with after hearing your music? what will people be able to say about you as an artist?
People will be able to say that I was born for the music industry, and creating HITS comes like second nature to me. I’m not the artist with music that you can only bob your head to on occasions; I’m the artist with music that you can FEEL & it hits you differently each time you press play. I want lasting impressions to be made on my fans; the kind that won’t go away. I want every listener to be left with a good impression of course, but I want it to be the kind of good that makes you want to keep coming back for more because it just does something good to your soul.
What image do you think your music conveys and why did you choose this type of image for your music?
First and foremost, I think my music conveys a pure image if anything, because I wouldn’t put out anything that I wouldn’t want my mother to hear. It’s also a genuine image, because I’m not perfect but my intentions are always genuine and my music will always be a reflection of that. My music represents my city, what I’ve been through, or what I’ve seen. I’m a princess, I’m known as the princess of Memphis, and I do things my way so there’s always that flare in all of my songs and the way some people see me.
How can potential fans find you?
My fans can find me on all music streaming platforms as Gabby Green. My Instagram and Twitter are both @iamGabbyGreen and I also have a website https://www.iamgabbygreen.com/
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