With LGBTQ+ musicians slowly gaining more recognition within mainstream media, it’s easy for listeners to forget the years of fighting required for radio stations and streaming platforms to platform queer music and culture.
Someone well-versed in the struggles of this battle is singer/songwriter, and self-proclaimed ‘dyke in a hat’, Anita Gabrielle. Spending her life striving to amplify her voice within the music industry and beyond, Gabrielle has pushed past the obstacles of being a queer, female artist, even in her older years.
From being outed as a lesbian in a newspaper at the beginning of the 1980s to recently battling a cancer scare, the removal of a kidney and a hip replacement, Anita has shown immense strength which shines through in her music alongside evident passion and a new-found burst of energy.
Her current project is her upcoming EP ‘Just Neat’, inspired by her brother Michael who has Parkinson’s Disease, with the aim of raising both awareness and funds to assist others affected by the condition.
Her efforts have led to her being recognised by Award-winning songwriter Amy Wadge, who has worked with huge stars like Ed Sheeran, and now contributes vocals and pianos on Gabrielle’s upcoming single ‘Best Friends’.
“Obviously, I was absolutely thrilled to be supported by someone with the credentials of an artist like Amy, who not only has worked with Ed Sheeran but many other major artists such as Camila Cabello and Lady Antebellum too”.
Who better to introduce you to the EP than Anita herself in her short video where you’ll hear more about her project and instantly fall in love with her unique and quirky personality.
Bradford-based Anita has been been writing and performing music since the late 1960s when Michael first introduced her to the music of Joni Mitchell, who remains her idol and musical inspiration to this day.
Throughout her career, she’s supported big names like Divine and Labi Siffre and has performed with ZeNaNa and ‘mature girl group’, The Favourite Aunties.
Gradually introducing elements of pop, acoustic rock and folk, Anita has spent years crafting her wonderfully individual sound which she is more than ready to share with the world once again.
The 5 track EP demonstrates Anita’s intricate attention to detail within her songwriting and her stunningly soothing vocals, perfectly accompanied by twinkling, calming acoustic guitar.
From the heart-warming tribute ‘Best Friends’ to the relatable ‘I Want To Go Out Outside Again’, Anita’s words of wisdom will have you gripped throughout and will leave you with the unmistakable feeling of warmth, as if you’ve gotten to know a new friend.
With all profits being donated to Parkinson’s research, you have no excuse not to stream ‘Just Neat’ via the links below. Anita has also set up a Just Giving page if you would like to show further generosity and support.
Just Giving Link: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/anita-gabrielle
Check out the latest episode of The Quite Great Radio Show
Episode 3 of ‘Just Checking In’ is now out – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pNt2GF_LcA&t=197s