Singer, songwriter, and storyteller Gabi Ammirato is here to change the world. This talented artist released her EP, Metamorphosis, in December.
Of the release, she said that “My Metamorphosis EP is the culmination of years of artistic development and life experiences. I think everyone will find something for them in the stories and themes I have chosen to speak to. Life is about growing, evolving and changing…or in other words metamorphosis!”
A graduate of Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, Gabi studied dance and brought her musical chops into the realm of songwriting and singing and has released a fabulous debut effort. We had the chance to get to know more about this talented performer as we put her in the virtual hot seat to answer the Socialite Seven.
When did you know that you wanted to become a singer?
At my dance studio they started a vocal program, and I was intrigued as I watched other kids take vocal lessons, so I convinced my mom to let me take them. This led to chances to perform at local events and competitions. I ended up in a competition in NYC where I placed in the top 5 and connected with an artist development group. That gave me the chance to go to Nashville and work with professionals on my first EP which got me hooked on songwriting. The final piece of the puzzle fell into place when I discovered Berklee’s summer programs in Stage Performance and Songwriting.
Being immersed in an environment of other creatives was electrifying and I went home with the plan to attend Berklee. Since I had just dabbled in vocal, guitar and piano lessons for fun it took some real coaching to learn sight singing and the other elements required to get into Berklee. We found a coach (Liz Radigonda from University of the Arts) who was AMAZING, and she taught me sight singing, an Opera in Italian, and a Jazz classic so I was prepared. What I have come to realize is that being a dancer from a young age I grew up swimming in an Ocean of music that ranged from the classical to hip hop which has influenced my style and love of using music to tell stories.
Who has had the biggest influence on your music and why?
I would have to say my biggest influence has always been Taylor Swift. I was blessed to grow up in the same area she did, so I heard about her before she was the “Taylor Swift”. Her emergence as an artist was an integral part of my childhood, and I was always inspired by her storytelling. I remember from a young age mimicking her at my piano and writing long stories and turning them into lyrics. At the time I had no musical training, but boy did I have the motivation. After ending up in Berklee’s songwriting program I look back with fondness at the book I recently rediscovered with these childhood efforts. They were terrible but they reflect my sense of my own purpose and passion for music and storytelling. I recently took a course where we were asked to explore our influences, and only then did I truly realize that she played such a key role. Being a natural storyteller, she showed me how to do it through songwriting. I loved the way she told stories that shared messages about loving yourself and knowing that you were enough. She manages to be an everyday person while projecting a Goddess vibe. I think her stories she shares are relatable and inspiring and I try to do the same when I take my own personal stories and work them into my music.
Who (if anyone) would you love to collaborate with?
I would love to collaborate with Tate McCrae. She is an artist that I feel very connected to because when she released her single “You Broke Me First” it aligned with a significant breakup I was experiencing. The song said everything I wanted to say but was not ready to put into words yet because I was still processing. This led me to explore her music and I found that she writes with a very mature perspective that is unusual in someone her age. She was also a dancer before becoming a singer. I have both these attributes in common with her so I would LOVE to discuss with her the way she approaches selecting her themes/topics and what her writing process looks like, and maybe sit down and collaborate on a project together.
What type of music or artist that you listen to frequently do you think your fans would be surprised to learn that you’re a fan of?
Rap, I don’t write rap music. I have taken a few hip-hop songwriting classes at Berklee and I love learning more about the style and different aspects of it. My goal is to utilize these learnings in my music since I love to fuse together different genres to create new sounds. I think when you listen to my music it might surprise people that I love it. Artists I listen to include Jack Harlow, Drake, even some Nicki Minaj and I have quite a few of their songs on my Spotify playlists. It’s not a secret or anything but I do assume that my fans might be surprised to learn this? I truly love to listen and take inspiration from all music genres.
What are you hoping to achieve with your music?
I think that in our world today we see too much negativity including narcissistic, superficial, and divisive behaviors. Whenever we face some catastrophic event, we marvel at what we were able to achieve, but it often simply reflects us working together and embracing our humanity and positivity. I want my music to infuse positivity and connect people. I want people to be able to relate to the stories my songs tell and find meaning for their lives. When I met one of my first mentors in the music industry he told me that my voice conveys such emotion that he could see my work impacting people’s lives one day. That has stayed with me and is one of my goals. Music is the universal language of the world and it should be used to make our world an ever-better place.
What are three things you can’t live without?
Tucker who is my 2-year-old Mini-Berne doodle. He acts like a little boy in a dog costume, he radiates joy and always has something to say (he actually tries to talk all the time).
My People I Love: (my mom, my brother Josh, and my boyfriend Mike) they are my biggest supporters and number 1 fans always
My phone because I love to stay connected to my fans and friends through social media.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Always get up one time more than you get knocked down.
Believe in yourself always.