LA-based neo-soul / alt-R&B artist Gabrielle Current has released her spellbinding VirgoEP and lush new single “Serenity”—premiering the track-by-track breakdown via PAPER. A penchant for dreamy synths and soft jazz-infused melodies, the Filipino-Korean-Swedish and American singer-songwriter’s debut collection is littered with metaphors and poetic structure.
On Virgo, the newcomer delivers captivating retro sounds, soulful production, and raw relatable lyrics across the 5-track EP. From beginning to end, each song pulls at the heartstrings as she navigates the highs and lows of life. Unrestricted by genre and pop traditions, Current brings refreshing vulnerability with each release as she welcomes listeners into her world of discovery and empowerment. The EP makes a statement with opener “Make It Right” while “Plenty” focuses on the struggles of toxic relationships. “Down The Line” highlights the hardship of letting go and “If I Fall” provides permission to process and re-evaluate. The EP closes out with “Serenity,” serving almost as an epiphany for the blossoming artist once she comes to terms with her experiences and newfound independence. Ultimately, the EP—created with Austin Brown (Hablot Brown), Mark Pelli (Sabrina Claudio, Jennifer Lopez), and Charlie Perry (Jorja Smith, BTS)—replays like a sonic diary for all of us trying to figure out the meaning of life and our place in this world.
“This project is about learning to let go of things that aren’t meant for you in order to fall in love with yourself. I write music as a tool for healing and inspiration, so it’s amazing to create out of personal experience and it brings me a lot of freedom. ‘Virgo’ felt like the right collection to share because as I landed on a sound that really felt like me, I also gained a deeper understanding of the woman and artist I want to continue growing into. As we go track-by-track, I learn to put bad energy behind me to choose love and nurture myself,” Gabrielle Current explains to PAPER. On the new single, she adds, “’Serenity’ is about finding peace in letting go of what isn’t meant for you. I realize that wholeness and love comes from within, and I had to learn that eliminating what interferes with that is not a selfish act. This was the last song I wrote for the project, which is so fitting because it felt like an epiphany.”
It’s hard not to be instantly captivated by Gabrielle’s look, style, and sound—however, when digging deeper into her lyricism, it’s Gabrielle’s wide-eyed musings on the human experience that really strikes a chord. “…it’s harder to be honest in a song, but finding out something about yourself in the act of writing always feels better than making up a story,”says Current, “I relate most to female artists when their songs feel personal and intimate because I feel like I can share the same emotion they’re going through, almost like we are healing together. I’d like to offer that sentiment in my work too.” This authenticity is reflected in her songwriting, which serves as raw documentation of the complexities of love, loss, and everything in between.
While this is Gabrielle Current’s first solo body of work, the multi-faceted rising star has been involved in the arts and entertainment world since she was 5-years-old, attending a performing arts school and receiving classical vocal and piano training all through childhood. Crafting her own content since 2016, the 24-year-old has honed her skills and earned collabs with the likes of Cassian, Felix Cartal, Kaskade, The Ready Set, among others. Her ability to curate meaningful songs and connect with the new gen has left a lasting imprint on those she teams up with, so it’s no surprise that FINNEAS (Billie Eilish, Celeste, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato) named her one of his favorite artists to work with (in an interview with Ones To Watch).
“My mom would always have live performances of J.Lo on the television,” she tells American Songwriter, “I would stand on the coffee table with a broomstick, copying her every move. I love live performances in general, the lighting, the outfits—all of her songs felt like they came to life and the audience was experiencing this collective emotion. That’s how I knew I wanted to pursue a career in music one day.”
Releasing music independently, Gabrielle Current has amassed 30 million streams and counting collectively, and maintains a steady monthly listenership of 100 thousand fans between Spotify and YouTube. Frequently featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist, Current’s singles have also landed on Apple Music’s New in Pop, Breaking R&B, and New Music Daily playlists, to name a few. Current also graced the cover of the Asian American Mix on Amazon Music and performed for their #OURIDENTITY livestream relief event during Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month this May via their Twitch channel.
There’s a comfort in Gabrielle Current’s ruminations and down-to-earth approach—akin to greats like India.Arie, Roberta Flack, and Sade, as well as contemporaries such as Cleo Sol, Raveena, and Snoh Aalegra—that makes her an artist to keep your eye on, this year and for many years to come.
“My main goal for music is to spread love and encourage community, it’s just how I was taught growing up. I’m proud of my Asian-American heritage and I’ve learned through my Filipino culture how important our values of family and togetherness is. There weren’t many Asian artists in music when I was younger, or artists that looked like me to begin with,” Gabrielle Current reflects, “So I hope to be a voice that inspires and shows that there is room for everyone in all genres/styles. My taste in music is as diverse as my ethnicity and my personality. I hope to connect with as many people as possible through the songs I share by not just being one thing.”