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Hey everyone, my name is Gabe Doby (aka G. Doby, or just Doby) and I want to thank you all for checking out my web page. It’s an honor that you would take time out of your day to check me out.
I was born July 30, 1984 in Compton, California where my musical journey began. My mother was a singer prior to my existence with Motown Records, but gave up the lifestyle when she began having my siblings and me.
I began singing at the age of 3 in church (Resurrection Life Center, Lynwood, Ca) and have been doing it ever since. I grew up listening to mostly gospel artist like Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, and The Clark Sisters. Other influences would be Aretha Franklin, and Ella Fitzgerald.
I sang in church until I began singing in middle school. My mom being my initial voice teacher trained me to hold a note, and how to practice while listening to other artist singing. She would have me mimic their runs and high and low notes to work on range.
At about the age of 10 we moved from Compton to Long Beach, running into a lot of rough patches along the way. My mother being our sole provider after my father left us alone. Remarkably she managed to get us in to the Los Alamitos School district, where I would learn more about voice control under the instruction of Ron Morse. I sang in the choir in middle school, learning how to harmonize, and sing lead vocals.
I attended Los Alamitos High School, where I took a break from music, for a while to play football. However, after my senior year, and leading the football team to a CIF Championship as captain, I rejoined the choir. I began writing music in High School, and wrote my first song “Taboo.”
While still at Los Al I took a trip to Montana with a couple football buddies, driving a total of 22 hours straight. The entire trip, they listened to country music, which at the time drove me absolutely insane. I now realize that country music for me was like sushi, you hate it at first, then it grows on you, then you love it! Country music is now my favorite music to listen to and sing along to.
After High School I went on to Long Beach City College, due to unfortunate circumstances I lost my ride to SDSU, where I took additional vocal classes. At LBCC I focused on classical vocals, because I never wanted to limit myself with the music I could do.
Once again I took a break from music, and joined the Police Department. My mom had gotten injured working when I was about 11, so during high school I maintained a job, and in college I maintained three jobs and went to school full time. It seemed like a good idea to provide for my family, and I was blessed with a spot.
Two years on and I re-discovered my true love of music. I began writing again, and sought out someone to teach me to play the guitar. The guy I found and I ended up starting a band called GR3. I wrote the music, and allowed them to add their styles onto it. I was hoping to create a new sound no one had ever heard before. It ended up being a disaster, when the lead guitarist became addicted to drugs.
I decided to go solo, rewriting all the music I had done with the prior band using country music as my guideline to writing my lyrics. I love songs that tell stories, and have always wanted to tell a story that someone can relate to. I believe nothing under the sun is new, and hope that a song that I write and sing can help someone get through their nonsense.
I have had an opportunity to write lyrics for a song that I was told was for Bruno Mars. I have done performances in Hollywood at the Pig’n Whistle, on the Santa Monica Pier, at Padre Stadium for tailgate parties, and for major Firehouse Chefs Events. However, I mostly have performed for charitable events such as: The Firefighter Cancer Support Network, children of the Burn Institute, and at the LA Fire Museum.
Currently, my main producer is Michael Parnell (song writer for some major soap operas). I have just begun working with DJ Battle cat, and Kola from Doggy’s Angels.
Musical influences for me now are more country artists like, Lee Brice, Chris Young, James Otto, Rodney Adkins, and Josh Turner. Other influences would be Bruno Mars, Robin Thick, Brian McKnight, and my favorite singer of all time Rachelle Ferrell.
Lastly please check out my album coming out December 2012, call “Counting the Days!” I will be releasing it on ITunes and Amazon.