In 1993, South Londoner Gabrielle was a night club singer in Soho. However, the moment that most artists can only dream of came true when her debut single ‘Dreams’, became a monster number one hit in several countries. Three more top 20 hits followed on from the top ten album ‘Find Your Way’.
Louise Gabrielle Bobb was born on 16 April 1970 in Hackney, London. After being educated at Samuel Pepys secondary school, she forged her musical career by singing in nightclubs before her successful debut album in 1993.
After the success of her first album, Gabrielle wasn't heard again for three years. However, having reappeared, sporting a new haircut and minus the eye-patch, Gabrielle released her first new material for almost three years. The motown inspired 'Give Me A Little More Time', peaked at number four in the UK charts, and hung around in the top 40 for almost 20 weeks.
Hot on the heels of the single's success, the critically-acclaimed self titled album was released in 1996, along with two new tracks 'Forget About The World', and 'If You Really Cared'. Later in that year, the album was re-released, with two new songs: the cover of 'Walk On By' and the duet with East 17, 'If You Ever'. In 1997, Gabrielle won the Brit award for best British female.
Another long wait preceded the next new haircut and new material. Top five smash 'Sunshine' was released in late 1999/early 2000, and then her second number one, 'Rise', which comprised her own lyrics on top of Bob Dylan's 'Knocking On Heavens Door', followed. The album of the same name was released soon after, and became her first number one album.
A greatest hits album, 'Dreams Can Come True', coupled with a hit song from Bridget Jones' Diary called 'Out Of Reach', returned Gabrielle to the top ten once again.
'Play to Win' (2004) has not lived up to the commercial success of 'Rise', but Gabrielle has a certain knack of re-inventing herself and producing quality music for the masses.
In 2007, she released the single 'Why?' which failed to reach the top 40. This was followed by the release of the album 'Always' on 1 October 2007, which peaked at number 11. She also set off on a sold-out 14 date tour in February that year.
Gabrielle revealed in April 2010 that she had returned to the studio to start work on her sixth album saying: "I can't wait to get back out there, it's what I know and what I love." It is expected to feature two collaborations with fellow musicians. The album was to follow shortly afterwards, although to date it has not been released.
She has sold more than nine million records worldwide and has won several awards including Brit Awards for Best Female Vocalist and Best Newcomer as well as MOBOs for Best Single and Best Album. In May 2008, she picked up an Ivor Novello for Best Single Collection.