The Bird in My Chest

by Gabrielle Louise

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    Designed by Chris Garre, a physical copy of "The Bird in my Chest" comes in an original, handmade case that holds both a book of lyrics, poems, and short stories, as well as the record itself, which features the beautiful black and white photography of Kristen Hatgi-Sink and Mark Sink.

    "The Bird in My Chest" is an intimate, self-exposing love record. The short stories and poems that accompany it were written at the same time as the music, many of which correlate to the content of the songs or provide deeper insight into life on the road as a traveling troubadour.

    I've really enjoyed the unification of my creative selves - the author and the musician together form a more complete self portrait.. I think the result is a unique amalgamation of music and the written word, and I truly hope you enjoy this project as much as I did creating it.

    Gabrielle Louise

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Colours 03:46
Marionette 03:07
Te Amare 03:17
Sarabelle 03:47


Artist Statement:

In a recent writing workshop I was asked to send a letter to myself from an 80-year-old version of myself, an exercise to realign a person with their truth. I struggled greatly with the task - feeling content with my current existence, unsure of how to advise my life direction from a far off, unimaginable future.

In fact I didn’t, and don't, desire to secure or shape my course; I am much more interested in the mystery of where I might end up with nothing but a little love and a little trust in my pockets.

The one thing that did come to mind was how I might see myself from that vantage point, with the power and simplicity of retrospect. I imagined looking back on my life and summarizing my existence with one word - A lover.

These songs are about keeping that identity well-fed and nurtured - the little alive creature that it is, pulsing and fluttering in my heart.


released November 8, 2013

Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitars & Vocal Harmonies: Gabrielle Louise
Upright & Electric Bass, French Horns: Rob Jost
Percussion & Drums: Doug Yowell
Electric Guitars: Rick Nossa, Jefferson Hamer
Vocal Harmonies on tracks 2 and 3: Jefferson Hamer
Vocal Harmonies and Piano on track 4: David Rynhart
All other Keyed Instruments: Michael Bellar
Bass on track 4: Andres Rotmistrovsky.

Engineered, mixed and mastered by Tim Mitchell
Tracks 4 and 8 recorded at Clinton recording studios, New York
All others recorded at Brooklyn Aloha recording studios, Brooklyn

Front cover photo by Mark Sink, composite by Kristen Hatgi-Sink
Record and book graphics by Chris Garre
"Other Words" edited by Yuri Chicovsky

"Colours" written by Donovan
"Te Amare" written by Silvio Rodriguez
All other songs written by Gabrielle Louise


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Gabrielle Louise Paonia, Colorado

Gabrielle is a songwriter and storyteller living in the mountains on the western slope of Colorado. Half her time she's touring and making records and the other half she's gardening, painting, and writing songs on her porch. Her live show is honest, introspective and engaging.

"She executes a captivating balance of heartache and resolve." --David McGee (NYC, NY)
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