Official Biography (courtesy of Gabbie McGee)
If you want to call her something; call her Soulful... Southern...Sultry these words clearly define the songstress Gabbie McGee. What is her music? It is her own brand of deeply spiritual, powerfully moving, filled with love brand of "Certified Soul".
Gabbie's song is one of hope, faith and triumph. Having taken a few classes from the "old school", her style and vocals are reminiscent of the sounds and spirit of greats like Sarah Vaughn, Dianne Reeves, and Randy Crawford while remaining saturated with a flavor that is uniquely, Gabbie!
Born and raised in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, (Greenville, MS) Gabbie McGee is a singer by design. With a voice that can rage like an angry storm, or flow as soft as a mellow stream; Gabbie uses a creative concoction of jazz, soul and a hint of the blues to draw listeners into her world of sunshine and colors. This self proclaimed "Country Gal" is what the industry calls the total package. With her debut independent release "Certified Soul", Gabbie set a table full of musical contributions that have been certified, stamped, and approved by listeners world wide as "quality" music.
Songs like "Sunshine & Colors" and "Somethin' So... " echo beautiful melodies that ooze warm jazz tones and textures all while showcasing Gabbie's ability to beautifully project a message of joy & love through sound and lyrics. To further build on the foundation laid by "Certified Soul" , Gabbie is now ready to release a new collection of songs lovingly entitled "Mississippi's Daughter"; songs that are deeply rooted in history, life & love. Scheduled to make its debut on March 19, 2010; she says of her latest work, "This album will show you how I've grown and give you an idea of where I'd like to "grow" from here".
Gabbie McGee & The Community...
A proud graduate of the historic Jackson State University (2001), Gabbie's resume boasts many accomplishments in music and beyond! Gabbie's deep musical roots in gospel, jazz and the blues enable her to "standout" as a singer, songwriter and pianist; but it is her striking smile and warm personality that lead her to the "spotlight" of beauty competitions. The former Miss Metro Jackson, Miss Capitol City Classic(2000), Miss Omega Psi Phi (2000 YE Chapter), and Miss Black Atlanta (2002) showcased her rich mezzo-soprano vocals and mesmerizing stage presence as a fierce competitor and committed queen with a platform to preserve and promote the arts for the enrichment of America's youth. Even though she has long retired her crown(s), she continues to commit herself to the cause of "preserving the arts". As a wife and mother of 3 year old twins, Gabbie is more than aware of the effect music can have on the shaping of young minds.
In the summer of 2007, she began her quest to "educate & entertain" by organizing a live concert series that introduces jazz to children ages 2 to 6 with her Early Childhood Development Music Program "Live Music for Little Ears". "Live Music for Little Ears" is a fun and interactive way for little ones to experience the joy of jazz with catchy, colorful- kid friendly songs complete with an easy to understand "mini music lesson".
" Ms. Gabbie has a great voice and she works very well with the children. The songs were lively and the colorful props she used were eye catching and kept the children engaged. We look forward to her concerts at our center every summer. Personally, I hope Ms. Gabbie will make a children's CD so that the children and I can sing along with her all year long."
- DeShone Hall, Lead Teacher, Daystar Christian Academy, College Park, GA
To Gabbie, the world is a stage; her talents have been witnessed during Off-Broadway musicals like "Jelly's Last Jam", The Showtime at the Apollo Summer Tour 2001 and numerous charity events. In September of 2007, Gabbie was personally selected by Congressman Bennie G. Thompson as the featured entertainment for the 2007 Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. She was also featured during an episode of TBS Storyline as a "Community Gem" along with Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank. In September 2009, Gabbie was the featured entertainment for the NAACP Annual Fundraising Gala. Very recently, Gabbie toured Southeast Asia and Singapore as the featured vocalist for the esteemed Harry's International Jazz Bar.
So what's next for Gabbie?
Well, the sky is the limit as she now offers her time and talent; blending in to do her part to aid in the fight against Cancer, Diabetes and Hypertension. Having been a part of the Atlanta's Biggest Loser: Mom's Edition (2009), Gabbie states "I have a commitment to encourage my family, friends and community members to be preventative and adapt healthier habits like adding more natural foods to their diet and exercising. I will gladly share my weight loss journey with the world if it inspires change and saves lives." Harmonizing her way through the show, she made connections that are life-long and definitely divinely ordered!
Gabbie McGee Personally...
Embodied with a giving spirit and sweet, yet sassy southern girl charm; Gabbie has a burning desire to use her music to inspire positive change in the world. She prides herself in creating music that captivates listeners with sincerity, motivating messages and timeless grooves. She has the God given ability to tap into the very essence of life and human emotion by singing the pains, joys, hopes and dreams we all share as a common bond. A strong believer in the power of perseverance, Gabbie offers, "When the odds are against you, use that pressure as resistance to push yourself forward". She has remained true to that highly regarded belief and is proud to deliverer soul infused jazz all while representing small town girls all over the world as ... Mississippi's Daughter