Gabriel Severn


  1. 1.
    Kick Start
  2. 2.
    Song for Fina
16-year-old Gabriel Severn developed a love for bass before he could even talk. His devotion to music and his desire to master every aspect of the instrument has taken him on an eventful musical journey: he's received a YoungArts Award, five DownBeat awards, two Jazz Education Network awards, and two nominations from the Central PA Music Hall of Fame.
He's performed coast to coast, appeared at many notable music festivals, performed alongside several of his musical idols, leads his own band, recorded with artists from around the world, recorded his award-winning original music with prominent jazz artists, and received global radio airplay. ​
Severn's love of Brazilian bossa nova and samba inspired him to write his 2018 debut single, "Song for Fina", which was dedicated to a close family friend for her birthday. The tune earned him a DownBeat Student Music Award and was followed by "Kick Start", which he dedicated to his project's Kickstarter backers. "Kick Start" earned him another DownBeat award for composition.
Multiple Emmy Award winner and multiple GRAMMY Award nominee Chieli Minucci produced and plays guitar on the tunes. Also featured on the project are Special EFX members and world-class musicians Joel Rosenblatt on drums and Jay Rowe on keys. "Song for Fina" was selected for the Jazz Education Network Young Composers Showcase, and Severn performed the tune with the U.S. Navy Commodores at the 2020 JEN conference in New Orleans.


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