GaBrilla Ballard is Mother, Writer, Visual Artist, Singer-Songwriter and Creative Visionary. GaBrilla discovered her love and passion for the arts, community and healing while growing up in New Orleans. Like most New Orleans natives, music and art was central to GaBrilla’s cultural upbringing and becoming an artist was something Gabrilla chose at a very young age.
As a former student of NOCCA (dance and visual art) New Orleans’ first Poetry Slam champ, GaBrilla ventured into songwriting in 2001 after years as a spoken word artist on the New Orleans Poetry scene. Her incomparable voice, profound lyrics and rich melodies pull from soul, jazz, gospel and world music. She draws from musical influences which include Mariah Carey, Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, Tracy Chapman, Seu Jorge, Sara Tavares and many others.
In 2002, GaBrilla recorded her first self-titled EP accompanied by Oakland Percussionist Kele Nitoto, with a guest production appearance by Casamena on song “A Part of Me”. This EP was released through her alternative arts and media production company, Urban Mamasong Productions. In 2008, GaBrilla completed her debut LP “Urban Angel Songs”, both as singer/songwriter and producer. GaBrilla has shared stages with Les Nubians, Sonia Sanchez, Sparlha Swa, Medusa, Sunni Patterson, Mos Def, Casamena, Talib Kweli and Steel Pulse.
GaBrilla is the creator and producer of RadicalMagicalBrilliance, a podcast on intersections of creative practice, community and transformation. In addition to her artistic life, GaBrilla is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work.