Singer-songwriter Gabriel Kelley (www.gabrielkelley.com) had already packed a lifetime of experiences into a relatively short time frame when he moved to Nashville to pursue a career as a songwriter. He grew up in rural Georgia , near Athens , where his family lived off the land. He lived in Sweden as an exchange student—where an astute teacher helped him to discover his musical potential—and eventually settled in Guatemala working with a program that built schools and developed music education programs for orphaned children, all before the age of 21. After three years of working as a staff writer for a publishing company, he let his contract with expire, sold everything he owned and bought an RV in which to live, write and record.
Gabe raised $26,000 in 60 days via a Kickstarter campaign to finance his record, and, now at 27,his debut album, IT DON’T COME EASY, was just released by Nashville-based Badge Music, produced by Grammy-winner Neal Cappellino (Allison Kraus, Joan Osborne, Del McCoury). Backing him up on the record is three generations of notable musicians, among them Brad Pemberton and Joel Graboff (both formerly of the Cardinals), Dave Jacques (John Prine, Shelby Lynne), Gabe Dixon, Bekka Bramlett (Fleetwood Mac, Joe Cocker) and the legendary Reggie Young (Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield).
Here are some live performance links of songs from the album:
"When Is Enough"
"It Don't Come Easy"
Gabriel will appear at the Rockwood Music Hall in Manhattan on Thursday, August 23 at 7PM. Be there or be square. For tickets go to http://www.rockwoodmusichall.com.
(Photos by Sara Renee and courtesy Badge Music Group/W3 Communications.)