Talent is something that can be cultivated with passion, motivation, patience and practice. Armored with all
four, 14-year-old Gabrielle has spent most of her life developing and perfecting her skills in singing, acting
With no time to waste, the youngster utilized lockdown as an opportunity to write and record her debut
single, Nasty. As with Gabrielle, the track is no short of personality, and hits all the right notes. It is however
not just a groovy number, but comprises a crucial message around bullying.
Gabrielle explains, “My debut single Nasty was written during lockdown level 5 during my first year in high
school. Communication was mainly online and I was trying to form new relationships with the other
students. This opened up a lot of opportunities for bullying. Cyber bullying rates across the world grew
tremendously during this time. Having been a victim of bullying since grade 4, I took this time to write the
song using my own experiences as material. I let it all out, expressing how I felt.”
With this song, Gabrielle has brought to light some pressing issues affecting children around the world and
wants to use her song as a means to open communication about the matter in social circles worldwide.
She says, “In my song, the message I would like to get across is that being nasty is toxic and should be a
tragic act. We need to do more to stop it. We should all stick together instead of isolating one another, we
need to help each other get through this poignant time in history.”
Nasty was produced by Gino Lee at River Road Records.
The multifaceted Gabrielle may be petite in size, but she is not short of personality and talent. Vibrant, feisty
and independent, the 14-year-old has achieved more than most girls her age, grafting every day to leave a
lasting impression on a very fickle entertainment industry.
A singer, actor, model and dancer, Gabrielle is open to a variety of faculties in the arts and she is equally
brilliant at each.
Her journey began when she was cast in the production Annie Junior the Musical at the Peoples Theatre at
the Joburg Theatre in 2018. She played the lead role of Annie and it was here that she learnt she could sing.
Wanting to pursue this venture further, Gabrielle sought out a vocal coach who could perfect her technique
and equip her with the tools geared to a promising career in music. She was trained by June Kraus at the
June Kraus Julliard School of Music, who recognised her ability to sing both classical and pop music.
A force to be reckoned with, Gabrielle embraced this prowess and went on to audition for the International
ARTS Talent showcase (IATS). At the audition she was awarded Best Overall Singer. In July this year, the
songstress will be heading to The International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) convention in New
York City where she will perform in front of 300 international industry professionals for a chance to receive
international recognition and possible job opportunities.
“This has been my dream from the first moment I could walk and talk,” says an enthused Gabrielle. “My goal
has always been to perform on an international stage and now I get to do just that. This will give me the
opportunity to fulfil my dreams, but also to come back and share my knowledge with others. I have a great
love for community service and it excites me to be able to offer some of my experiences with others. I have
never doubted this is my destiny.”
Not stopping there, Gabrielle went on to book a lead role in a MNet series titled ‘Reyka’. Here she acts
alongside award winning Scottish actor Iain Glen from Game of Thrones. The show is set for release in June
On the modelling front, Gabrielle competed in the International Junior Miss SA in February 2020, only a
month after joining a modelling school. Here she secured herself the Public Choice Award amongst others.
Not ready to retire just yet, the artiste re-entered the showcase and placed as a finalist for 2021.
She comments, “I believe in continuously preparing and being ready for new opportunities.”
In fall 2021, Gabrielle released her debut single ‘Nasty’. The cheeky pop track, penned by Gabrielle and
produced by Gino Lee at River Road Records, is just a taste of what the vocalist has to offer.
Gabrielle is already working on her second single.