Visual Artist, Mother, Singer/ Songwriter, Producer and Entrepreneur, GaBrilla Ballard discovered her love and passion for music, writing and the stage at a very young age. Growing up in a house where her weekends were spent surrounded by the sounds of her mother’s extensive music collection, GaBrilla remembers Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Sade, Take 6 and Commissioned punctuating her young life. Be it Soul, Folk, R&B, Jazz, Gospel or New Orleans Bounce, GaBrilla pulls musical inspiration from a variety of musical tastes to create a sound that is uniquely her own.
As a performer, 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.
She 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 and foresees performing and recording in the near future.
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 holds a BA in Individualized Studies from Goddard College where her work centered on the connection of Mothering and Artistry. She has recently completed her requirements for the degree of Masters of Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work. She graduates in August 2019.