“Everything happens for a reason” is not just a in Gabby’s song ‘Male Version Of Me’ or even Gabby’s motto – it really is her way of life. Just when Gabby was on the brink of starting to back away from music and all it’s trials and tribulations she discovered that she had Thyroid cancer…again. Ten years earlier it was at the very beginning of her career and now it appeared right at the crossroads of it. It wasn’t until Gabby got the all clear last September that she had the clarity to know which road to take and as she said, after the operation which could have ruined her vocal chords, ‘I HAVE to sing, this is no longer a choice for me… it IS me.”
It was also time for a change for her, being the ringleader of the 8 piece circus swing band, Gabby Young & Other Animals no longer felt right, she wanted a new challenge and to venture out to new musical directions. With her now husband, Stephen by her side as co writer, producer and multi instrumentalist they reformed under the name Gabby Young with 5 members and lots of musical toys to start something new. Gabby has always been inspired by electronica acts such as Bjork, Imogen Heap and Portishead so this new direction didn’t feel like such a leap, more like a gentle swim to the other side of the pool.
Armed with gadgets such as a live vocal processor and loop pedal, Gabby has found her a place to let her vocals soar amongst the zithers, synths, pulsing bass and hammering drums of the new band. Her voice has always been the focus, but now, without any other lead instruments to battle against it, it has all the room to whisper, growl and howl to it’s heart content and it really does.