About Gabe Morales
Gabe Morales is a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter based out of Roanoke, VA and Oberlin, OH.
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. Incorporating elements of blues, jazz, classic rock, and influences from Latin American folk music, his music is energetic, and at the same time invites listeners to reflect.
In 2010, 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 international, national, and local musicians and bands, among them: Blues legend Robert Cray, Snarky Puppy, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Rodney Jones, Victor Wooten, Lil’ John Roberts (George Benson, Janet Jackson), Cory Henry, 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 (Jefferson Center 2014, Harvester Performance Center 2017), The Wooten Brothers (with Jayna Brown), Tommy Castro and The Pain Killers, and Webb Wilder.
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 Rockwood Music Hall and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in NYC.
In addition to performing with a band, Gabriel gives solo performances with a classical, finger-picking, and singer-songwriter repertoire.
Gabe 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 and events such as Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium Perelman Stage), Abravanel Hall, the Salt Lake Tabernacle, and National and Regional ACDA. In addition to his former musical director Kimberly Ruse Davidson, he has worked with guest conductors and composers such as Maestro Steven White (Metropolitan Opera), Henry Leck (Butler University; Indianapolis Children's Choir), and Z. Randall Stroope, among others.
In 2016, Gabe 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.
Currently, Gabe is studying jazz guitar performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Gabe Morales Trio performing at Rockwood Music Hall on December 16, 2017
Gabe Morales Trio performing at Blue 5 Restaurant on September 23, 2017
ALL THE WAY
Opening for Robert Cray at the Jefferson Center on October 9, 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