A love of Brazilian bossa nova and samba inspired Gabriel to write the tune, "Song for Fina", which he dedicated to a close family friend for her birthday. "Song for Fina" evolved into a DownBeat award-winning composition, and Gabriel made his recording debut with the single in late 2018. In early 2019 he released his follow-up tune, "Kick Start". He dedicated it to his Kickstarter backers, and it earned him another DownBeat award for composition. On both recordings, he's teamed up with multiple Emmy Award winner and multiple GRAMMY Award nominee Chieli Minucci, who produced and played guitar. 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" has been selected by the Jazz Education Network to be performed by the U.S. Navy Commodores at the 2020 JEN conference in New Orleans.