British chanteuse Gabrielle Aplin is on her way to cementing her status as a breakout artist of 2014 following the massive success of her single “The Power of Love” that launched to #1 on the U.K. and Australia iTunes Chart, achieving certified Gold status in both countries.
The EP features five tracks from her celebrated Gold-selling debut album English Rain, which peaked at #2 in the U.K. during a chart-run that lasted almost five months, yet has not been released in the U.S. In addition to “The Power of Love,” which was featured in promos for ABC’s new hit series “Resurrection,” the EP also features an exclusive new track – a gorgeous rendition of “A Case of You” by Aplin’s musical hero Joni Mitchell.
Throughout the past year, Aplin has toured with John Mayer, Ed Sheeran and Gotye, performed at festivals including Glastonbury, T in the Park, and iTunes, among others, and headlined a sold out U.K. run.
A self-taught musician, Aplin has been writing and recording songs since she was fifteen, and, as such, she wrote or co-wrote all of the original songs featured on the EP.
Celebrity VIP Lounge had the chance to sit down with Gabrielle to chat about her musical background, her dream tour mate and more! Highlights below:
Danity Donnaly (DD): Gabrielle, such a pleasure to chat with you. I just got done listening to your EP English Rain and wow. So amazingly beautiful. Your voice is pure, powerful and passionate. When did you first discover your voice and how did you get involved with music? What instruments do you play, as I hear you play a few?
Gabrielle: I’ve never really considered myself a ‘singer’ as such. I started by writing short stories and poems. I then taught myself to play the piano and the guitar and that turned into songwriting and then developed into performing!
DD: You are just 21 years old, but your voice makes you seem so mature and so calming. After doing a little digging some of your inspirations include Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills and Nash and other older souls. You describe your music as ghostly pop and folk with hints of choirs and twinkly things. Do you do a lot of the writing of your music on your own or do you have collaborators? What is your approach to writing?
Gabrielle: It’s definitely a mix. I love to write on my own and have no boundaries creatively, though I also love to collaborate and it can be great to bounce ideas with a few others.
DD: What is your favorite part of the musical process? The writing? The studio production? The performing?
Gabrielle: I think that the musical process depending on how you do it is like chapters and each chapter is my favourite whilst i’m doing it! I love the writing process and how a song won’t exist in the morning but by the end of the day you could have written something amazing, but eventually you get comfortable and want to get into the studio and record. So then recording becomes the best bit for a while because you have an idea of what you want to create and then it starts comes to life. But then. after that stage you get even more comfortable and you just want to tour what you’ve created..
DD: What has been the most exciting part of your musical career so far?
Gabrielle: I think the travelling has been amazing for me. I have been to so many places that I wouldn’t have been able to travel to if I didn’t do music.
DD: You are going out on your first North American tour soon, having already toured John Mayer, Ed Sheeran and Gotye, what are you most looking forward to in coming to North America?
Gabrielle: I’ve never really been before! So i’m excited to just be in a new place!
Danity: If you could go on tour with anyone, who would it be and why?
Gabrielle: It would probably be John Mayer, and iIm so lucky that it has already happened! I supported him last year in the UK and Europe.
DD: When you aren’t doing music, what do you like to do in your free time?
Gabrielle: I like to do pretty normal things. See my family and friends, cook, and I like to paint…
DD: Where do you see yourself in five years?
Gabrielle: Hopefully still doing what I do now!
Check out the song that made me fall in love with Gabrielle below!
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