Artist You Need to Know: Gabrielle Mooney

Artist You Need to Know: Gabrielle Mooney

Artist You Need to Know: Gabrielle Mooney

By Aaron Wagner

She’s written a streaming hit with Walker Hayes and Shane McAnally and now she’s launching her solo artist profession. This week’s Artist You Need to Know is Gabrielle Mooney.

You in all probability acknowledge the Mooney final title and sure the truth is, Gabrielle is the sister of Shay Mooney from Dan + Shay, however don’t be mistaken – Gabrielle has the songwriting abilities and the voice to make a reputation for herself.

Gabrielle co-wrote Walker Hayes’ streaming hit (Over 30 million Spotify performs alone) “90s Country” with hit maker Shane McAnally and Walker himself. It’s a catchy music that lyrically is linked cleverly with loads of references to songs from 90s nation music – additional proof that she has the power to craft some down proper intelligent lyrics.

Most lately, she launched her debut single as a solo artist in “Come On In.” It’s a kind of songs that simply makes you’re feeling good. It’s the kind of music that wraps you in a hug, invitations you to the Sunday dinner desk which is stuffed with love and laughter. It’s closing in on 150,000 Spotify performs and deservingly in order it’s the kind of music that’s completely made for nation in 2021.

I caught up with Gabrielle to talk about “90s Country” and “Come On In” in addition to her musical upbringing.


Because we’re Raised On It, we love studying in regards to the music that influenced artists. Which artists, nation or in any other case, have been you listening to rising up which have made you the artist you’re at present?

My mother and father have been in a Southern Gospel group with my Granny and Papa Mooney when us youngsters have been simply infants. We used to journey round and go to sleep on church pews and would stand up there with “The Mooney Family” and sing a music. I picked up the harmonica or the “French harp” as my Papa Mooney calls it. So imagine it or not, Southern gospel was an enormous affect on my life. We grew up on a farm, so in our little city nation music was all that was performed.

I cherished Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, Rhett Akins, Dolly, Faith Hill, and was tremendous into Keith Urban. My sister Erica’s very first CD (I do know…RETRO), was Bon Jovi. In my teen years I used to be SO INTO the rock scene. Anything with emotion as a result of apparently my mother and father simply DIDNT UNDERSTAND ME! The manner I gown, the way in which I sing, the way in which I write…you get all of those influences wrapped up into one little emo nation lady.

“90’s Country”, which you co-wrote with Shane McAnally and Walker Hayes, is a good feather in your hat. What was the method of writing “90’s Country” and what did you’re taking away from that have?

Walker is such an important man and it was really our first write collectively. Since we each grew up on that 90s nation music, we simply ran down all of our favorites and a few made the lower, some didn’t. It was only a actually enjoyable stroll down reminiscence lane. I used to be knowledgeable that it may very well be on the album and it wasn’t on there. So I’m sitting right here considering, “dang it that might’ve been cool to have made it on there”. Then I get the information that it was his SINGLE and I received so stinkin excited. It was my first larger lower and Shane is simply UNREAL. It was such a dream. Sometimes it simply takes writing one million songs for the one “particular” music.

As you begin your solo profession as an artist, with a whole lot of kinds falling below the nation umbrella, what sort of music do you need to make?

I don’t suppose I ever actually take into consideration “what sort” anymore. It’s extra about what I’ve to say. Songwriting is so private for me. Being a fairly emotionally guarded child, I handled songwriting like my diary. I need to make music that connects folks. When I might obtain a music I might hearken to it over and over and over when it spoke to what I used to be feeling at the moment. Now I hear that music and it takes me again to that time period I used to be experiencing. I need to create songs that might be a soundtrack to part of somebody’s story.

Talk about your debut single “Come On In.” I feel it’s an important debut music for you as a brand new artist and 100k+ Spotify performs would agree. What’s it been wish to launch that into the world and the preliminary reception you’ve been receiving?

Thank you! It’s been wonderful. I’ve labored on this music for over 2 years, and attending to share my household story has been such a blessing. I felt so pleased with it, as a result of should you got here to my mother and father farm, it’s so correct. My dad is in building and at all times had work boots on the again porch. My mother made beans and cornbread for dinner and supper on sundays and would depart the beans cooking throughout church. My grandpa handed not lengthy earlier than this music was written so the reference to “my daddy sayin grace in my grandpas place” nonetheless makes me tear up. I’m very grateful for all the find it irresistible’s gotten!

I’d be remiss to not ask about you and your brother Shay. With all of Dan + Shay’s success, how do you utilize that if you’re setting off on carving out your personal path. Does it create extra strain or is it reassuring to know your brother has success and is in your nook?

I get requested this query a lot! I find it irresistible! My brother is such an unimaginable individual inside and outside. Me and my sissy Erica STILL go to reveals and bawl our eyes out with pleasure in full Dan & Shay gear like tremendous followers. I’ve by no means needed Shay to really feel something from me however assist and love from me, so I’ve by no means felt snug “utilizing” his success for my very own acquire. It has occurred although! By sneaky Shay! And I’m not mad at it. My entire household would transfer Heaven and earth for one another. Erica and Shay are my finest pals. Hannah and Cody (the wonderful spouses) have been grafted into that finest buddy group. I feel it’s been so useful to have an enormous cheering part for me and for Shay.

FAST MONEY:

Favorite album of all time: “What To Do When You’re Dead”- Armor For Sleep

Dream collaboration: GWEN STEFANI

Song you want you wrote: “Whiskey Lullaby” – Allison Krauss

First live performance you keep in mind going to: Gary Allan

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