January 18, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Oklahoma-born, Brooklyn-based, thirty-something, singer-songwriter and cellist, Gabriel Royal plays his ‘grown up lullabies’ in the subway stations of New York City. That’s where he found his lawyer, his manager, his cello and where he continues to find a genuine connection with his inspiration: the commuters of New York.
Influenced by Stevie Wonder’s groove and Burt Bacharach’s jazzy yet poppy sensitivities, along with other contemporary artists such as John Legend, Hiatus Coyote, Flying Lotus, James Blake, Janelle Monae and Thundercat, Gabriel’s trademark sound is all his own. Royal released his self-titled album in 2016 – along with his single and music video for “Say It’s Right,” directed by Blake Farber, who has worked with Beyoncé and other A-list artists. With his new-found popularity, Royal is now popping up at prestigious music festivals and performing art centers around the country.
Friday, January 18
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“… you need to hear Gabriel Royal— the handsome, cello-playing busker serenading surly straphangers during their daily commute. His voice is soft and sweet and proves the perfect antidote to screeching trains and squealing kids.” — Huffington Post