Gabrielle Gewirtz

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Gabrielle Gewirtz was born and bred in New York, making her a native New Yorker through and through. She's a brand of New Yorker that is most comfortable spending her life on the Upper West Side, while…
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Gabrielle Gewirtz was born and bred in New York, making her a native New Yorker through and through. She's a brand of New Yorker that is most comfortable spending her life on the Upper West Side, while still taking vital cues from what's happening in the rest of the world. Her talent was recognized as very exceptional from the start of her musical career. As a young girl, she made certain her voice was heard, by performing at Venezuela's Simon Bolivar Festival to Saint Patrick's Cathedral. She performed the New York City folk circuit while in high school. After high school, she left music for a long while, in order to pursue another form of the arts: sculpture and painting. In 1996, she decided that music was a vital part of her interest in the arts. She went in pursuit of fronting a band; she started singing again with the popular New York City blues cover band, Blooze Junction. Sometime around 1998, Gewirtz left the blues band to start her own original music project. Suddenly all of the pieces started coming together. That was the year that her song "Line of Your Leg" won the Spree National Songwriting Contest. Another of her songs, "Threw It All Away," in the same year, took an honorable mention. After this positive response to her material, she began working on a large catalog of new music. This new music was focused on her influences, which range from Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, and Joni Mitchell, among others. Some of the greatest and most pleasurable times in her life came about from performances at the venues she can be found frequenting in and out of New York.

Her debut self-produced release of 2000, Dreamtown, has been another major personal achievement that she has found pride and pleasure in. 11 original compositions comprise what has been described as "an extremely impressive package." She was joined in this venture by some talented musicians such as Steve Daly on acoustic lead guitar, Chris Benelli on drums and percussion, Craig Benelli on electric guitar and mandolin, and rounding out the group, Jeff Hill on bass. Gewirtz continued to tour in 2000, promoting many of her newest compositions and finding pleasure in the response only live shows can offer.