About Gabe Morales
Gabriel Morales was born in Roanoke, VA. At a very young age he started to appreciate a wide range of music genres.
At the age of ten he started to play the guitar and showed a special affinity for Rock and Blues guitar playing- which he did with great maturity and expression -“like a grown man” (Three-Time Grammy Award-winner, Michael League of Snarky Puppy). The late Michael “Iron Man” Burks (1957-2012) once referred to Gabe as “Guitar Gabe”.
Gabe Morales is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and performer. His songwriting is about life-a personal insight while living in the midst of the everyday life experience. His sound is continuously evolving; he is constantly studying the work of great musicians of all genres. His music includes elements of blues, jazz, classic rock and influences from Latin American folk music. In addition, his music is energetic, and at the same time invites listeners to reflect on daily challenges, feats, and defeats. When performing the blues, Gabe brings the blues legends of past and present to the stage and stands on their shoulders as he tells their stories and bends the strings of his red SG.
In 2011 he got involved with The Music Lab at Jefferson Center in Roanoke, Virginia, where he has had the opportunity to meet, perform, and record with numerous local, national, and international musicians and bands, among them: Blues legend Robert Cray, Snarky Puppy, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Rodney Jones, Victor Wooten, Little John Roberts (George Benson, Janet Jackson), Ben Williams and the Sound Effect, Robert “Sput” Searight, Lucy Woodward, Carla Dirlikov Canales, Julian Lage, Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers), Quinn Sullivan, The Jamie McLean Band, Banda Magda, Darrel Scott, Malika Tirolien, Matt Schofield, James Pace, Chad Eby, Ocie Davis, The Fat Daddy Band, Hoppie Vaughan, Carlos Aranguren, Cameron McLaughlin, The Floorboards, and Jonathan Scales Fourchestra.
In 2013, Gabe was a featured guest on the internationally touring band Snarky Puppy’s live CD/DVD recording at the Jefferson Center: Snarky Puppy Family Dinner Vol. 1. He, along with Snarky Puppy, accompanied the twelve-year-old vocalist Jayna Brown. The same album was awarded a 2014 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance for Snarky Puppy and Lalah Hathaway.
Gabe Morales has opened for the Robert Cray Band, The Wooten Brothers (with Jayna Brown), and Tommy Castro and The Pain Killers.
In June of 2014, Gabe released his debut album, “Gabe Morales and Friends”, which was funded by the Blue Ridge Blues Society. The album features Gabe with the Jamie McLean Band, the Fat Daddy Band, Talk is Cheap, Carlos Aranguren, and Cameron McLaughlin.
The Gabe Morales Trio has performed at festivals such as FloydFest, Virginia Wine Festival, Steppin' Out, Rooster Walk, and Down By The River to name a few. Gabe Morales has performed at venues ranging from the Jefferson Center and the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia to LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Queens, NYC.
In addition to performing with a band, Gabriel does solo performances with a classical, finger-picking, and singer-songwriter repertoire.
Gabriel is also an alumni of the Roanoke Valley Children's Choir (formerly known as the Roanoke College Children's Choir) and was a member for 10 years under the direction of Kimberly Ruse Davidson. As a member of the RVCC, he has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium Perelman Stage), Abravanel Hall, and the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
In 2016, Gabe Morales joined the New York City based non-for-profit, The Canales Project, founded by Carla Dirlikov Canales as an artist on their 2016-2017 roster. As part of the Canales Project, he went to New York in November of 2016 to teach and interact with students at a middle school in The Bronx in conjunction with Education Through Music. In addition, he performed at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center as part of a Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series presentation of the Canales Project's "Between Two Worlds" program, co-presented by the Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute.
ALL THE WAY
Opening for Robert Cray at the Jefferson Center on October 9, 2014
Gabe Morales Trio performing at the Jefferson Center on May 27, 2014
What About Me?
Gabriel sitting in with Snarky Puppy on their song, "What About Me,"at the Jefferson Center on June 17, 2015
I'LL DO ME
Gabe with Snarky Puppy accompanying Jayna Brown on her song, "I'll Do Me," as a part of Family Dinner - Volume One at the Jefferson Center on March 8, 2013
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Gabe MOrales and Friends (2014)
Recorded at the Music Lab at Jefferson Center from 2011-2013. Made possible by the Blue Ridge Blues Society.