Interview with Gabrielle Metz
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Music is something that I’ve always loved. I don't really remember a time in my life when I wasn’t singing! If I hadn’t gotten into music I would probably still be doing something creative or something sports related. My family was a very sports/sports medicine family, so I probably would have done that out of familiarity!
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I love doing other creative things such as photography, videography, video editing, and drawing. This helps keep my creativity moving without burning out! I also love to run; it is my decompression time!
How long has your band been around?
I started writing music around 12-13 and I moved to Nashville at 17, almost 5 years ago now!
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
I am based in Nashville. From the first time I visited Nashville at 13 I knew this is where I wanted to live. I have learned so much about myself and grown so much as an artist and a writer here.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
I just use my name! If you want the back story I suppose you’ll have to ask my parents haha!
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
I have played two of my most memorable shows this year. I played The Listening Room in January and I played the Houston Rodeo in March! Both were amazing and huge milestones.
Do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
I definitely have places I’d love to play. I think every country artist wants to play The Opry, but I would also love to play Red Rocks Amphitheater one day!
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
I’d love to play with Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
I always pass down advice that was given to me. I spent a few years in my childhood in the same town that Kimberly Schlapman from Little Big Town is from. I got the opportunity to talk with her when I was 14 and she told me to “be sure you love music before you choose this path, because there are a lot of “no’s” and it is not worth it if you don’t genuinely love music. On the other hand if this is something you pursue, it only takes one “yes” to change your life.” It is something that I have always clung to and really appreciated.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
I think I have been lucky that I have had a lot of people ahead of me pour into me and give advice. I think I would tell myself to make sure I’m listening and to not be in such a hurry.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
This is like picking a favorite child, I can’t do it haha!
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
This song “Mixtape” that I just put out, people have been asking me to release it pretty much since I wrote it, so I am glad to have it out in the world!
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
Life, love, everything inspires my music. I think writing is so ingrained in me now that it is just how my brain is wired.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Since I was a kid I have always been in awe of how music unites people. It can bring people together that otherwise would have nothing in common. That has always been my goal.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
I am currently working on new music and booking shows across the US. I also have a music video that will be coming out very soon, so be sure to keep an eye out for all that information on my social media!