Gabrial James is a singer/songwriter/guitarist originally from Grand Rapids and currently residing in Spring Lake. He has been playing the guitar since the age of fourteen and singing since the age of eight.
Gabrial received formal vocal training at St. Cecilia Music Society of Grand Rapids from 1985-1988 under renowned conductor and professor of music, Anton Armstrong, who now operates at St. Olaf College of Northfield, MN. St. Cecilia provided him the opportunity at a young age to perform with the Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Chicago symphonies as well as numerous collaborations with other local choirs and musical outfits.
Since 2005, he has been performing most nights of the week all around West Michigan. He incorporates his own style into every tune he does, whether it's a well-known cover song, or one of his beautifully crafted originals.
Musically, Gabrial incorporates folk, alt-country, soul, and other elements that are hard to define in terms of genre. You might say he is a shape-shifter of sorts, sprinkling in his smooth touch on tunes that will make you sit up and pay attention.
Catch Gabrial James at Stormcloud Thursday, July 25.