British-Nigerian singer-songwriter Ifeoluwa Gabriel Akinyemi, known professionally as Gabzy, has been steadily making waves in the international music scene. His soulful vocals imbued with sincerity and sensitivity, have marked him as an unparalleled storyteller of the human heart. Gabzy is not just a singer, but an emotional voyager, navigating through the choppy seas of love and pain, heartbreak and joy, always ready to bare his soul in song.
Born in Peckham, fondly known as “Little Lagos”, Gabzy spent his early years in the multicultural mosaic of South East London. Amidst dreams of football stardom, his true passion for music was revealed in the improvised beats and rhythms of freestyling sessions with friends. An oceanic leap to America led to his signing with record label One Nation, thanks to a simple email introducing his first song “Take Time”. His subsequent collaboration with Ayo Jay and Melvitto confirmed his status as a rising RnB talent, intertwining the roots of his Nigerian, British, and American backgrounds in an intoxicating musical cocktail.
Gabzy’s back catalog serves as a diary of the human heart in all its messy glory. From the pangs of an unrequited romance in ‘Summers’ to the after-effects of heartbreak in ‘Malone’, Gabzy does not shy away from exploring the darker corners of love. His soulful voice resonates with the authentic human experience, making listeners feel seen, heard, and most importantly, understood.
Before the release of “Hear Me Out”, the buoyant ‘Jambazz’, was an irresistible reminder to embrace the present moment, a sentiment that struck a chord with fans amid the rapid pace of life in bustling cities like Lagos. With Gabzy at the helm, “music is not just about rhythm and melody, but a conduit for the universal experiences that unite us.”
With “Hear Me Out”, Gabzy invites us to a different kind of emotional journey. On July 16, as he prepared to close this year’s Somerset House summer series, Gabzy released ‘Hear Me Out’, a tantalizing acoustic R&B ballad. This love letter set to music is a special token of appreciation for his ever-growing legion of fans, a thank you for the sell-out of his Somerset House concert.
New music drops midnight. Somerset you have 5 days to learn this one 🙂 pic.twitter.com/TkQGAdBWp6— Gabzy (@itsgabzy) July 10, 2023
Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Deratheboy, ‘Hear Me Out’ is a stirring serenade with Gabzy’s signature blend of R&B melodies and alté sensibilities. The leading lady of his life is the recipient of his heartfelt confession of transformation, where Gabzy’s soaring vocals and heartfelt lyrics showcase a man grappling with his past while yearning for a better future. ‘Hear Me Out’ speaks to anyone who’s been at the tipping point of a faltering relationship, reaching out with a plea for another chance.
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Reflecting on the song, Gabzy expressed his desire for listeners to feel caught in the emotional crossfire of a pivotal relationship showdown. His intention is to create an atmosphere that will make the listener say, “This might be the end”.
Gabzy’s journey from humble beginnings in South East London to the glittering global stage is a testament to his incredible talent. His unique fusion of R&B, soul, and Afrobeats, coupled with introspective lyrics and an emotive voice, have garnered him well-deserved recognition. With over 100 million global streams since his debut EP ‘Summers’, and more than two million monthly Spotify listeners, Gabzy has proven his worth in the music industry.
His climb to success may be inspiring, but his dedication to his craft and his ability to connect with his audience is what truly set him apart.
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