Gabriella Jones

Is a Singer-songwriter from Birmingham.

I was always singing from an early age and learned to play guitar when I was 7. At this point I started to compose my own music and have been doing it ever since! I have played at the Isle of Wight Festival, Hard Rock Calling and Wireless plus support slots at the LG Forum Live for Beyoncé and Black Sabbath amongst others. I will be on tour in May which will include a home gig at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath on the 3rd May!
 
 

Were you born in Birmingham? Yes

What’s your favourite childhood memory of Birmingham? It has been inspiring to grow up with top international artists playing concerts on our doorstep! Living in the second city has meant that I have been able to attend some great concerts by huge artists from a young age which I found extremely inspirational. There is a great music scene in Birmingham which I really enjoy being a part of.

When was your breakthrough moment? The first time I played a major festival was the Wireless Festival in London’s Hyde Park. I was 16 years old and had just finished my GCSE’s! To be on the bill with Slash and Jay-Z was incredible.

How did you get into what you’re doing today? I started out playing open mic nights and honing my craft from the age of 13 which has put me in good stead for my upcoming tour!

What’s the greatest memory from your career? Performing at the Hard Rock Calling Festival in London is one of my favourite memories. It was the hottest day of the year and the crowd were incredible.

Favourite thing to do in Birmingham? To see live music!

What makes Birmingham stand out to you? I studied for my degree at the University of Birmingham. I have such fond memories of the campus and it was fun to show newcomers what our diverse city has to offer. I really enjoyed showing off our Museums, the Library, the Electric Cinema and of course the iconic Selfridges building.

What are your thoughts on the future of Birmingham? Birmingham is such a creative hub and there are signs of innovation in the buildings and fashion.. we are constantly moving forward! I am so excited to be working with Stephen Arthur and headlining his fashion show which will be held in Digbeth on the 14th April. He is such a great local talent.

If you could change one thing about Birmingham, what would it be? The perception of Birmingham. We are fantastic… didn’t you know?

Who’s the most famous person you think is from Birmingham? Ozzy Osbourne.

Who are your heroes? 3 people you look up to? In the music industry I look up to people who have had longevity like Eric Clapton, and also female powerhouses like Beyoncé who can really command a live band. One of my favourite performances to watch is of the Tedeschi Trucks Band at Crossroads festival. The calming yet soulful atmosphere that their performance creates is definitely something I aspire to. These are my musical heroes.

If you had a dinner party, which 3 people would you invite? Jimi Hendrix, Prince and Ozzy Osbourne.

What are your plans for the future? To complete my album and music videos… then to tour the world!

Who’s the most famous person in your phone book? Now that would be telling..

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