SAE Institute is excited to welcome singer/songwriter Anita Gabrielle as she performs an acoustic set live from her home, as part of our first Living Room Live Lounge of 2021.
The SAE Live Lounge is a hugely popular live music showcase which is usually shot on campus by Film students and recorded and mixed by Audio students. Whilst Covid-19 may have put this on hold, we are very happy to be bringing a Living Room Live Lounge back.
Anita will be answering your questions during the session, so make sure to submit your questions in advance.
Singer-songwriter and self-proclaimed “dyke in a hat”, Anita Gabrielle, has spent her life fighting against obstacles put in her path as an artist, from being a woman, to being gay and now as an older woman in the music industry.
Anita Gabrielle has been writing and performing music since the late 1960s when her brother Michael introduced her to the music of Joni Mitchell. In the 1980s, she achieved national coverage of her band, The Crew, in the top music paper 'Melody Maker' winning their annual Rock competition and a record deal with EMI. As well as supporting icons such as Divine and Labi Siffre, she has continued to write and perform ever since, firstly with the pioneering 80s all female disco/club act ZeNaNa and, more recently, she formed ‘mature girl group’, The Favourite Aunties, honing her sound to include elements of pop, acoustic rock and folk.
Last year, her beloved brother Michael was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Resolving to bring some good from this challenging situation, she has produced a brand-new EP during lockdown, "Just Neat" and is donating funds from sales into research into the disease. Her efforts attracted the attention of Grammy Award-winning songwriter Amy Wadge who contributes vocals and piano to the single, 'Best Friends'.
"Obviously, I was absolutely thrilled to be supported by someone with the credentials of an artist like Amy, who writes with Ed Sheeran and many other major artists such as Camila Cabello and Lady Antebellum too."