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Gabriella Cilmi

At just the age of 16, Gabriella Cilmi broke into mainstream success with her debut album, Lessons to Be Learned, and the consequent striking single, “Sweet About Me.” Despite her ongoing success in Australia and the UK, she still hasn’t broken into pop culture in the States, not yet anyway. Born in Melbourne Australia, she grew up in a household with many standard musical pavers, hinting at her varied style.

After being told she lacked self-discipline to make it as a vocalist by unrelenting audition judges, she, out of determination, decided to form a Garage band and su ...read more

At just the age of 16, Gabriella Cilmi broke into mainstream success with her debut album, Lessons to Be Learned, and the consequent striking single, “Sweet About Me.” Despite her ongoing success in Australia and the UK, she still hasn’t broken into pop culture in the States, not yet anyway. Born in Melbourne Australia, she grew up in a household with many standard musical pavers, hinting at her varied style.

After being told she lacked self-discipline to make it as a vocalist by unrelenting audition judges, she, out of determination, decided to form a Garage band and subsequently release a demo tape. The tape itself never got released, however it was by shear chance that she was noticed by record executive Michael Parisi during a spontaneous performance of the Rolling Stones track “Jumping Jack Flash,” at a street festival in Melbourne. Parisi, snapped her up, flew her to London and settled her recording deal with renowned production company, Xenomania, who have made songs for many other well known female artists from Kylie Minogue, to Jem to Sophie Ellis-Bextor. With an aleady established taste for good music, and style, she’s certainly set to be one of Australia’s next big acts.

Her vocal method is not too dissimilar from what one may think of Peter Garrett’s soft vocal style if he were female – little hard to depict? Try an Amy Winehouse without the drugs, and a Macy Gray without the sometimes splintering dissonance. Add to the equation a hint of Anastacia and you come to the vocal outcome of her voice. Her influences include elements from Led Zeppelin, to Cat Stevens, from soul to rock and everything in between.

She is undoubtedly a refreshing look to a country which is still feeling the negative/positive affects of the Idol series, and offers a newborn image to what a pop success should have. Only time will tell if she falls into a mainstream downward spiral, but for the moment, she’s a worthwhile listen if you’re into soft female singer-songwriter pop rock. « hide

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1 Votes
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2010

2
9 Votes
Lessons to Be Learned
2008

3
11 Votes

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