Gabbie Rae: Fierce Rocker on the Rise
Gabbie Rae has arrived and is ready to rock your world! She’s opened for some pretty big names, including a recent stint at House Of Blues in Anaheim supporting none other than Queensryche and Leatherwolf. Channeling such hard rocking queens as Ann Wilson and Pat Benatar, Gabbie Rae possesses a dynamic voice and exhilarating stage presence exuding a massive star quality. Whether it’s performing Heart and Dio covers or raging out with her thrilling original song Scream, Gabbie Rae is a rocker on the rise to the top. There is no doubt we’ll be hearing a lot more from this talented performer in future days ahead. Just minutes before her fierce and fiery show at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, Highwire Daze caught up with Gabbie Rae for a quick yet very wide ranging chat. Read on…
Do you remember your first time in front of an audience? What was it like, how old were you?
I do remember. I was 7 years old and we had this rock club in Rhode Island called JR’s Fastlane. And I went up with this band, I had never rehearsed with them before, hadn’t really known them. Friends of my dad really. So I went up and did Separate Ways by Journey and we never rehearsed it, it was just right on the stop. So that was my first rock club moments and I’ll always remember that. Actually I just went back to that club last week. The first time in 9 years since that actually happened. So that was the first time.
When you sing your single “Scream,” what does that mean to you?
“Scream” is really, really special to me. I feel that it’s my first release as the artist that I really want to be. So I feel like it really represents me in a really good way. So when I’m rockin’ it out on stage, I feel awesome. I feel really great. The lyrics are fun. Just all about having a really good time and hanging out with friends and going to see this really big rock show, which I love to do. So it fits me perfectly.
How did you connect with Patrick of Heaven Below?
I met Patrick through this big person in the industry, who shall remain nameless. A very important guy, he brought us together. I remember the first time we met, a couple days before I had gotten an email from him that said, “Here, learn these couple of originals and I’ll come over with my guitar and we’ll just kind of mess around.” And we also kind of fiddled around with “Edge of 17” by Stevie Nicks, so he comes over, and we do this and it was like a match made in heaven. I had a really good year working with Patrick Kennison. And now he’s working with Lita Ford and that’s really great. I’m so proud of him.
Tell me about the song “Don’t Look Down” and your work with Free to Love.
I am a celebrity ambassador for Free to Love. It’s a nonprofit organization and they work with a lot of things. Like I am a part of the friends don’t let friends bully campaign which is all about anti-bullying and anti-cyber bullying. But they have a lot of different branches, and I work with their anti-bullying branch. I work alongside celebrities like Tom Arnold and Lisa Kudrow from Friends. So many. Jake T. Austin, from Disney, Fran Drescher, so it’s like a whole lot of celebrity ambassadors and I try to help Free to Love out with my musical side. So when I released “Don’t Look Down,” that’s actually how they found me. I released “Don’t Look Down” and they said we really like your message and we’d love you to be a part of our team. So that’s how that started, maybe about 3 to 4 years ago.
What made you decide to do an acoustic version of “Rainbow In The Dark” and what kind of feedback have you had?
I am a huge Dio fan. See my mom and dad are super stuck in the 80s, which is great. So I grew up listening to all this rock music and Dio was an artist that really inspired me personally. So when Apache and I got together and we’re trying to figure out a set like, Rainbow in the Dark was one that I was like, OK we have to do this. And it went really well. We got a really great response on it. And the Dio Foundation picked it up and they put it on Ronnie’s Facebook page. And it’s gone viral since them. And I am honored to be apart of the Dio Foundation with Miss Wendy Dio.
What can one expect from a live Gabbie Rae show?
Oh wow, we have a lot of fun. It’s funny because people tell me this all the time. When I’m backstage, I’m super calm and zen and keeping it super cool. And whenever I hit the stage, it’s like somebody else comes through me. And I really transform into this rocker chick. We have a lot of fun at the Gabby Rae shows, you’re gonna have a lot tonight.
How supportive are your parents of your career?
They’re completely supportive. I couldn’t do any of this without their help. I mean, they moved across the country for me so I could just do this. We’re originally from the Massachusetts area, so when I first wanted to get started in the music industry, we were moving all the time and finally we made the move here, to California, so they’ve been so supportive.
How close are you to writing and releasing an EP?
We’re very close. I’m actually in the studio now working with different writers and producers. Michael Sweet from Stryper, I’m actually going to be working with, I’m going to be going into the studio with. He wants to work on some music and I’m hoping to have some other celebrity writers and producers come in. So it won’t be too long. We’re making a lot of progress.
What kind of advice can you give a young singer looking for a career in music?
Don’t ever give up. You’re going to get a lot of no’s and people are going to doubt you. Heck no. You show them what you got and you go for it all the way 100%.
What’s up next for you after the show?
GR: Next for me is the Monsters of Rock Cruise, it’s actually in three weeks. I’m going on a huge amazing lineup – Queensryche, Stryper, I will be there [laughs]. It’s going to be a lot of fun, I’m very excited. It’s like a huge reunion on a boat.
(Interview by Ken Morton – Photos by Jack Lue)
Gabbie Rae on Facebook