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If you have ever thought about how to pay homage to the people and place that made you, Gabbie McGee's second album Mississippi's Daughter may provide some great inspiration. A harmonious blend of the soul, gospel, jazz, and Mississippi Delta blues, McGee creates a soul-satisfying music experience. Together, all parts of the album-vocals, lyrics, and production-are amazing but what makes Mississippi's Daughter even better is each piece is equally solid on its own. McGee's voice is all homegrown Southern Baptist with overtones of jazz and soul like her vocal inspirations Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughn.

 

Her sound is most distinctive on Walk With Me and the beginning of Run On! where instrumentation is minimal and only McGee's voice is the focus. With the title track McGee sings her story weaving her vocals around the roots of Mississippi that made and shaped her. As she proclaims "I'm Mississippi born/Mississippi raised/Mississippi taught/I was Mississippi made/Got a Mississippi walk/A slow and steady stride" listeners will hear the pride emoting in the notes. McGee pays homage to the women of her life on the soaring Oak Tree; the love of her life on the clapping He Makes Me Say (Boobie's Anthem); and balance of her life on the interlude Marriage, Motherhood & Music.

 

The album encompasses a range of life's transitions from love with Idealistic Love to the sometimes overwhelming weight of life with Help Wanted (two of my favorites tracks). With Mississippi's Daughter McGee uses her influences to tell her story in her own musically individual way. And you can be sure the Magnolia State is looking upon her like a proud parent.

 

Soul Tracks

Most people have heard the encouraging saying:  "Home is where the heart is."  Gabbie McGee's southern charm can be attributed to the deep roots of her native Mississippi .  The admiration for the family that raised her and people who shaped her life is manifested on McGee's sophomore disc, Mississippi's Daughter.   Her tribute to the place which started it all also documents joys and lessons learned from childhood to the present.

 

Mississippi's Daughter is a pleasing palette of many colors wrapped in a soulful package.  "Afterwhile, Afterwhile," spiced with a cool jazz flair, sums up her optimistic attitude about life by quoting a verse from the popular spiritual, "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands."  The 80s-flavored quiet storm ballad, "Help Wanted," exposes McGee's vulnerable side: "Don't believe me when I say I'm fine."  Her eclectic influences from Ella to Ledisi run all over the ambitious "SOUL.JAZZ.AMPLIFIED./How I Got Over It"; a musical menu of funk, rock, jazz and Broadway.  Finally, the core of Mississippi's Daughter is the gospel-fueled "Oak Tree," McGee's moving salute  to several generations of her family.   McGee focuses on feeling right at home on Mississippi's Daughter and brings her audience on this wonderful tour.

 

Notable Tracks:  Everything

Vocals:  4.0 stars
Music:  3.5 stars
Lyrics:  4.0 stars
Production:  3.5 stars
SoulTracks Call:  Highly Recommended

 

SOCIALLY...

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Lately...

GOOD JOB GABBIE!     

Thanks to the support of Gabbie's family, friends & fans, she landed the #6 spot as a top 25 finalist for the Hallmark Network's Home & Family DIY Star competition!  This Mississippi girl is no stranger to the DIY world, as an independent recording artist, Wife and Mother of 3 (yep, she had a baby recently); making things fabulous while being frugal is her speciality!

 

Gabbie had a blast with hosts Mark Steines & Christina Ferrare

 Producer Susan Sullivan helped Gabbie make her segment shine!

Makin' memories while makin' stuff  — at Universal Studios Backlot Home & Family Set

Musically...

 
For over 20 years, Greenville, Mississippi's Arts Council has honored artists with roots in Washington County who have made a significant contribution to the world of art and been recognized outside the Delta. 
 
The Greenville Arts Council would like to honor, its very own, Gabbie McGee with the Artist Award. 

Endorsed by:

 

Jen Farris  

Assistant Location Manager at FX Networks

"Gabbie McGee exudes positive energy. As an arts advocate and lover of music, I have, on several occasions, engaged with the Gabbie McGee "experience"! Experience is the best way to describe the encounters because they left me wanting more. High energy, positive vibes and enjoyable entertainment! She is the consummate live performer!"
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Erica Hoffman

Vocal Coach at Jan Smith Studios

"Gabbie is one of the most hard working women I know in the music business. Her voice is like butter and you will melt the moment you hear her. Her lyrics are honest and accessible and she is engaging, and lovely to watch in a live performance. She includes her family in her work instead of managing them on the side. Gabbie is a wonderful role model of a renaissance woman for 21st century women."