Country singer-songwriter Gabrielle Metz is fast making a mark within the music scene through honestly relatable lyrical storytelling & ear-catching vocal harmonies.
Not long ago, Gabrielle unveiled the emotionally drawing song “Masks” that centres around missed connections, and how that affects our interpersonal relationships as well as the impact this makes on our mental health. Reminiscing on fond childhood memories and searching for acceptance & peace, Metz penned “Masks.” She opens up about her own experience of hiding behind a smile, keeping others at arm’s length, fear of being hurt, not knowing how to let someone in but still being willing to try. She does this in hopes of helping others who have the same struggle.
Gabrielle has kindly taken the time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution regarding this latest release & you can find the full interview below.
Hey Gabrielle, thank you so much for this interview. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
Gabrielle: Thank you so much for having me! I am a country artist and a songwriter based in Nashville, Tn.
When did you first discover your passion for music?
Gabrielle: I have been singing all my life, and always loved it. When I was 14 I started writing songs and playing the guitar!
Have you always wanted to pursue a career within the world of music?
Gabrielle: I always knew I loved music, but it didn’t seem like a feasible ‘career path.’ When I was about 15-16 I saw Kelsea Ballerini in concert, and something clicked. Once I decided this was what I wanted to do, I was all in. I moved to Nashville the following year!
How would you describe your musical style to someone who was unfamiliar with your music?
Gabrielle: I am a country lyricist at heart, but I love to play around with pop and rock influences in the production of my music.
You recently released the emotional single “Masks”, which sounds simply amazing. How did the idea for this song come together?
Gabrielle: Oh my goodness, thank you! “Masks” was a special one for me. I had the idea for 6 months before I found the right people to write it with. I was coming from a very introspective place of realizing that I am not good at opening up and letting people in. I was originally talking about how I am when it comes to potential romantic interests, but it sort of evolved during the writing process to be more universal. Especially after the last few years, everyone has had, where in person communication and connection have been limited.
How would you compare the creative process behind “Masks” to your earlier releases?
Gabrielle: We were much more intentional in the production elements and details. We (Myself and George Alexander, the producer) looked at different cultures where masks are prevalent and we tried to include notes of that style in the song. You will hear more blues and soul influence in the guitars that pay tribute to South Louisiana and New Orleans. It was a subtle way of drawing from the strength of these cultures and finding that strength behind your own metaphorical mask.
What does this song personally mean to you?
Gabrielle: This song was about me being honest with myself and finding out where I can grow as a human being.
Did you always plan to release “Masks” as a single?
Gabrielle: I always knew there was something special about this song, but once I started playing it for outside people, it became clear that this was a song that needed to be released.
What message would you like listeners to take from this song?
Gabrielle: That real connection and community is needed. That is how we thrive, and it is only possible if we have a group of people around us that we can be 100% ourselves with.
What advice would you offer to someone who was looking to pursue a career within the music industry?
Gabrielle: I’ll pass on advice that was given to me: Make sure you love it, and that you are doing it because you love music! There are a lot of No’s in this industry and it is a gruelling industry. If you don’t love it, it is not worth it.
Finally, is there a message that you would like to share with the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Gabrielle: I’d love to be friends on social media, so reach out and stay tuned I’ve got some more music coming soon!
You can check out the lyric video for “Masks” below or listen via Spotify here.