Gabrilla Ballard is a writer/poet, artist, and singer/songwriter from New Orleans. GaBrilla Ballard discovered her love and passion for writing, music and performance at a very young age. She wrote and directed her first play at age 13, and has explore varied genres from poetry to screenwriting.
As a writer/poet GaBrilla sprouted on the poetry scenes of New Orleans in late 90’s. Inspired by her love of words and music, this granddaughter of a composer, picked up the guitar and began writing songs in her early twenties after spending her early college years as a powerful spoken word artist. GaBrilla’s incomparable voice, lyrics, and witty way of engaging with people both on and off the stage, has a way of thoroughly engaging audiences.
Gabrilla has produced and released two independent musical recordings– Her Self-Title EP in 2003 and Urban Angel songs in 2009, and has been featured on the albums of several artists. Gabrilla has shared the stage with many notable and celebrated musicians such as Les Nubians, Steel Pulse and Mos Def to name a few. GaBrilla currently produces and hosts the RadicalMagicalBrilliance Podcast.
GaBrilla possesses a rich arsenal of artistic talents and a body of written and musical work which reflects that. In addition to multiple online and print publications, GaBrilla is the author of The Vibrant Mamafesto(kindle). She is the Founder of The Urban Mamasong Project, an initiative that supports the creative, economic and self-development of Mothers of Color. GaBrilla is also the producer and host of the Radical Magical Brilliance Podcast.
GaBrilla earned a BA in Individualized Studies from Goddard College and a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School For Social Work.