British singer songwriter Gabriela Eva grew up in the Essex countryside, inspired by strong female singers and her mother to freely express herself. As a dyslexic, she was often left outside the narrow box of the school curriculum. She became empowered to carve her own path by teaching herself guitar and exploring the arts. This can be heard through her borderless songwriting, a hybrid mix of electronica, hip hop, neo soul and alternative pop, with influences from Bonobo, Nina Simone and Lianne La Havas.
Being dyslexic, her mission is to celebrate and advocate for neurodiversity. This message comes into hyper focus in her new self released EP Opposite Ends of The Spectrum, coming out in 2021. The EP is underpinned by a love story between Gabriela and her producer Murmurate, who has Aspergers, with Aspergers and dyslexia being opposite ends of the neurodiversity spectrum.
Feng Shui, a track from the EP, takes inspiration from ancient Chinese philosophy, where feng shui and astronomy were used to find correlations between humans and the universe. This is explored in the song, using feng shui as a metaphor for finding one’s mental balance and internal compass. This idea goes hand in hand with advocating for neurodiversity, as neurodiverse people are often left to find their own way. The school system was not built to support alternative thinking, leaving neurodiverse people traumatised and marginalised. Through her music, art and live performance, Gabriela Eva is spreading a positive and educational view of neurodiversity.
“I’m so glad I played that” – Giles Peterson BBC 6Music
“Gabriela Eva I’m opening the gates of BBC Introducing to you, because that was amazing!” Ollie Winiberg – Live on BBC Introducing (Essex)
Gabriela Eva started her music career playing gigs throughout London and has performed internationally from Shanghai, Central America, Asia and Europe. 2019 highlights include performing at a variety of stages for UK festivals including ‘Greenpeace’ at Glastonbury and ‘Sunday Papers Live’ at Wilderness for Sofar Sounds.
“Fantastic” – Robert Elms Live on BBC Radio London