Gabriela Castro was born in Palo Alto, California, on December 26, 1994. Her parents exposed her to music at a very young age, playing cassettes and CDs whenever possible. Her dad would play Madonna, Rod Stewart, and Michael Jackson’s hits while her mom would play Bach, Simon and Garfunkel, and Shania Twain. Gaby has always been a writer; in elementary school, teachers recognized her as an amazing writer for her age. In 6th grade, she was enrolled in a chorus class, and once Gaby started singing, she couldn’t stop. At the age of 12, Gaby wrote her first song. It was about what many middle schoolers go through: the pain of being rejected by classmates, and wanting to have friends and be accepted. That was the beginning of Gaby’s new passion: songwriting. It became her way of letting go of her feelings, and letting her creativity flow. Combine that with her love of singing, and now she was a singer-songwriter. And, she soon made friends who accepted her for who she was.
In 2008, Gaby sang in the ACDA Western Division Honor Choir as a mezzo-soprano, and performed in Anaheim, CA for an audience of over 1,000. At the end of her eighth grade year, in 2009, Gaby also performed at the Sydney Opera House (Sydney, Australia) with her school choir as a soprano, which was her biggest audience yet: over 5,000 people. She sang again with ACDA in 2010 in Tucson, Arizona as a soprano.
Gaby got her first guitar for her 13th birthday, and took some lessons that following summer. After about four months of lessons, she completed the highest level offered in group classes and self-taught from then on. The guitar is her main instrument for writing songs, but Gaby can also play a bit of mandolin and is learning to play the piano. Recently, she just took up the ukulele and some basic percussion.
In December 2010, Gaby went into Skyline Production’s studio in South San Francisco and recorded eight songs for her debut album, “Free Spirit”. Each song was written and composed by her, and written between the ages of 13 and 15. Their themes range from love, to friendship, to world peace. The sound and style of her music is greatly influenced by her biggest musician role models, who consist of Taylor Swift, Avril Lavigne, Michelle Branch, Hunter Hayes, and Jewel. Right now, Gaby is finishing her senior year at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, and is focusing on her studies as well as performing and promoting her second album, "Made to Dream" recorded and produced at Soundtek Studios in Campbell, CA in late 2012. She will enter McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota this fall as a Songwriting major so she can focus on her songwriting and her music. Her dream is to bring happiness and hope with her songs, and maybe even change the world.