Feed the Band
Feed the Band
If you have been following us for any length of time, you know that we feature plenty of female artists. This is not by design. More often than not, these ladies simply put in the work. They never treat an interview like wasted time or hit me with a plethora of demands. They simply want to connect to you through music and are willing to do the work to do so. There is one artist I have noticed who always seems ready to roll up her sleeves. That artist is county music artist Gabrielle Metz.
It’s fair to say that women do not get the same treatment as their male counterparts in country music. I remember bringing this point up to Gabrielle during a live interview. She shrugged my question off and circled the conversation back to her music. At first, I was surprised. Then as the conversation progressed, I realized something. Gabrielle’s approach to music was not a competition but one of teamwork. To her, getting ahead is not accomplished by comparing yourself to others. Gabrielle Metz believes it takes a team. Family, church, and friends are what is needed to move mountains. This teamwork has led to some awesome music. Her new single “Hey Cupid” is a prime example of that.
I have many friends now who are artists, most of which I talk with daily. About six months ago, I started to notice something. When I asked them what they were doing with their day, “writing with Gabrielle Metz” was a frequent response. Gabrielle was connecting with artists all over the country. Wrapping my head around how embedded this one person was in my web of friends suddenly revealed a consensus I have never seen among co-writers.
Typically artists are quick to sell me their latest single. They send me messages on social media, emails, phone calls, pretty much using every form of communication they think will get my attention. When it came to Gabrielle Metz, there was none of that. The focus was on Gabrielle and how they love working with her. For Gabrielle Metz, the feeling was mutual. Not one person mentioned who did what and how much. The thing that they celebrated the most, is that they did as a team. That’s what Gabrielle brings to the table. Whether you are a fan, co-writer, friend, or family, Gabrielle will make her victory yours too.
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It’s such an honor to have Gabrielle Metz as part of the Southern Fellow family and a personal friend. She embodies everything we stand for. You now get to know her a bit better. Before we get to the interview, look out for her recipe. Gabrielle shared her family’s recipe for King Cake Bread Pudding. It a family favorite! Also, enter our giveaway at the bottom. Here is our interview with Country music artist Gabrielle Metz.
Tell us about your road to Nashville.
My road to Nashville is a bit impractical! I decided before my senior year of high school that I wanted to do music for a living. I knew that if I were going to pursue music, I needed to be serious about it. I enrolled in online school and finished school by December 2017. I moved to Nashville 6 weeks later and dove headfirst into music!
What do you feel are some important things you have learned in the music industry?
The music industry can be cut-throat. It has taught me to be confident in myself, to be disciplined, and to really “roll with the punches.”
Who are your top 3 influences, and how did they shape you as an artist?
I always loved girl power growing up! In no particular order:
- Carrie Underwood – I always loved her big vocals and her stage presence.
- Alicia Keys – She introduced me to the soulful side of music. Her musicality is so inspiring to me.
- Taylor Swift – This may seem like a typical answer, but her personality and ability to make every person feel seen, even if they are on the last row in a crowded stadium, is outstanding. She also has a great stage presence!
What documentary or book changed the way you thought about something?
Suzanne’s Diary For Nicholas – “Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. Work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you’re keeping them all in the air. But one day, you come to the understanding that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls… are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.” -James Patterson
This quote comes from one of my favorite books. The first time I read it, I don’t think I really understood it. But as I’ve grown up, and moved away from friends and family. This always stuck in my brain. Now I try to be very intentional in keeping in contact with those I care about and keeping a balance in my life. Work/Life balance can be so hard in this industry.
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What’s a life lesson you have learned because of a mistake?
Patience is key! This one was a hard one for me to learn. I like to jump into things, and sometimes a more methodical approach is needed.
We are always developing recipes here at Southern Fellow. When writing music, what recipe do you use?
I wish I could say I use the same recipe every time, but I think the unpredictability is what keeps it so fun! Some days it starts with a melody, others a lyric idea. I also have a ton of guitar riffs and piano parts recorded in my phone just waiting for me to write lyrics to. It never happens the same way twice!
What is special about the place you grew up?
I grew up in a small town. One of my favorite things to do when I go home is to go with my mom to Broad Street. We walk into all the small stores, and all of the owners know us. I love the community of the town I grew up in.
What is your first fond memory of food?
When I was about three, my family was in South Louisiana (My dad is from there). We were out to dinner, and I saw frog legs on the menu. I was adamant about trying them. My mom was convinced I wouldn’t like it. The plate came to the table, and I loved them.
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What should I know about you that I’d never think to ask about?
I’m such a nerd at times. I love Marvel and DC comics. I’m fascinated by marine biology, and I love to read. I wish I had more time to do it!
If you wrote a song about food, what would it be about?
I don’t know. Probably Cajun food, to be honest, It’s what I grew up cooking with my dad!
What do you have a strong opinion on?
You should always scrub your dishes before you fill-up the sink with water, so you don’t touch wet food at the bottom of the sink. Yuck!
What does 2021-2022 look like for you?
I wish I had a set-in-stone plan for 2021. I am hopefully playing more gigs. I know I’m going to keep releasing music regularly! But right now, there are many unknowns, so I’m taking it step by step and doing what I can!
What are some small things that make your day better?
My dog! I have an Australian Shepherd, and she is a handful, but also the sweetest pup! I also don’t go a day without talking to my parents, even if it’s just a 5-minute phone call.
Tell us about your single “Hey Cupid.”
I wrote Hey Cupid around Valentine’s Day last year. My friend, Christie, and I went to dinner on Valentine’s because we were both single at the time. I thought, “There needs to be a song for all my single folks this time of year!” I went home and wrote Hey Cupid as just a fun, tongue-in-cheek song about being single.
Dating is tough! What advice do you have?
When I figure it out, I’ll let you know! But I think it’s important to be emotionally independent and secure before bringing someone else into the picture.
Is there anything else you want your family at Southern Fellow to know?
This is all I’ve ever wanted to do. I am so thankful for everyone who is making this dream a reality!
That is Gabrielle Metz! What a joy it is having her as part of this family we call Southern Fellow. Being around her, you feel like you are part of something bigger than yourself. You have a friend and teammate in Gabrielle. Working with all the people she has, has pulled everyone’s music to a whole new level, including her own. You can add Gabrielle Metz to your favorite playlist on your favorite platform, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and YouTube. While you are listening, give her family’s recipe for King Cake Bread Pudding a try!
Thank you for being part of the Southern Fellow family. We have more recipes and music headed your way!