Gabrille Aplin

FRESH: ‘Like You Say You Do’ – Gabrielle Aplin

Gabrielle Aplin returns with “Like You Say You Do”.

And announces her brand new album “Dear Happy”!

by Christopher Smith

Gabrielle Aplin has announced the release of her forthcoming third album “Dear Happy”, due for release on January 17th via AWAL and her own label Never Fade Records. Before that, she has released a brand new single “Like You Say You Do”, the follow up to “Losing Me” with Manchester-based singer JP Cooper. Regarding the upcoming album Gabrielle says “I’m so excited to release “Dear Happy” into the world. It’s been a few years in the works as I figured out what I wanted to say with my third album. The start of this album, without knowing at the time, coincided with the moment I made a definitive decision to start to unravel and rewire my brain. “Dear Happy” subsequently became a documentation of this journey to myself. I wanted to use writing as a way of understanding.

“Sonically I wanted to capture these moments and experiences in a positive light. I want to listen back to these songs in 5 years and hear happiness and positivity. It’s an album about saying “f**k it!” to your worries and insecurities. Or maybe it’s an album that invites your worries and insecurities to sit with you. It’s an album about saying “no”. It’s an album about saying “YES”. It’s an album that is a past, present and future letter to myself”. She adds. “Dear Happy” is an uplifting pop record that chronicles Gabrielle’s life, and the experiences and cultures she has been inspired by whilst touring and travelling the world over the past couple of years. Gabrielle has found great influence from her time spent in Japan, a country that she has visited and toured in six times. It is reflected throughout her work, and also stylistically in the beautiful video for “Nothing Really Matters“, taken from “Dear Happy”. Along with the Asian influence the video also depicts an artistic representation of the varying degrees of mental state that come with self-acceptance.

The love for her around the world in 2019 is no better demonstrated than from the single “Losing Me“, a dreamy collaboration between Gabrielle and JP Cooper, which featured in 36 New Music Friday Spotify playlists including the UK, achieving multi-million streams alongside great support from Radio 1, Radio 2 and more. Gabrielle has worked with producers Mike Spencer (Tom Walker, Zara Larsson, Years & Years), Lostboy (Dua Lipa, Becky Hill, Sigala), The Barn Productions (Lewis Capaldi, Dean Lewis) and 5YA (Sigrid) on the new album. “Dear Happy” features some of Gabrielle’s most personal lyrical moments alongside a breadth of music and influences not yet heard from her before. The record displays the wonderful diversity of Gabrielle Aplin as both a pop star and songwriter in 2019. Whether she is singing a stripped back piano ballad or a huge pop song, her lyrical content and emotive vocal delivery remain at the forefront of her music. The album title track closes and summaries the record perfectly; delicate piano touches build into beautiful pop production as Gabrielle sings the therapeutic song, which overcomes sadness and looks to a positive future.

2019 has also seen Gabrielle become an ever more prominent figure in promoting positivity and wellbeing for the wider world throughout her work today. She is a keen advocate for mental health awareness, animal rights and the benefits of a vegan lifestyle, which is highlighted in her vegan cooking series Food With Friends. Gabrielle has just been announced as the leading face of a special music partnership with H&M to support independent music artists and rising talent, whilst rewarding loyal H&M fans with exclusive events. Gabrielle has also co-designed the first ever limited-edition collection for ‘H&M Music’, which will be available later this month. The capsule collection will include two t-shirts, a hoodie and a sweatshirt, all made from 100% organic cotton. About the collaboration Gabrielle says, “I am so excited to be working with H&M. To be the first artist to be involved is amazing and I can’t wait to see the H&M Members at the special gig in October. I have also designed some merchandise with H&M, the designs are sustainably made from organic cotton which was very important to me and I love how they turned out”. In support of her forthcoming new album “Dear Happy”, Gabrielle has announced a UK and Ireland headline tour for March 2020.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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