Having lived most her life in the music industry, Anita Gabrielle is no stranger to how to record and produce a track.
Starting off her career in the 80’s with her band The Crew, Anita has gone on to support icons like Divine and Labi Siffre. Later, she’d become part of ZeNaNa and ‘mature girl group’ The Favourite Aunties.
If that wasn’t enough talent on show already, Anita has recruited the help of legendary singer and piano player Amy Wadge on the EP. Amy is best known for her work with the superstar Ed Sheeran.
For the artist, this is something she’s incredibly excited about: “Obviously, I was absolutely thrilled to be supported by someone with the credentials of an artist like Amy, who not only has worked with Ed Sheeran but many other major artists such as Camila Cabello and Lady Antebellum too”.
However, there is something very different with this EP. Anita is looking to raise awareness and funds for research into Parkinson’s disease after her brother Michael was diagnosed last year.
The EP is a brilliant triumph and something Anita can be incredibly proud of. The personal favourites for me have to be ‘Best Friends’ and ‘I Want To Go Outside’. The former starts with a lovely calming voice from Anita, making you feel comfortable from the start.
Matched with the acoustic background music, it helps to strip the track back, leaving emotion as the prevalent factor of the song.
With her classic 60’s vibe, it’s clear to see how much of an effect inspirations like Joni Mitchell have had on Anita’s music.
The piano and guitar fuse together perfectly with the lyrics to create a truly beautiful song. Even with signs of other artists being present, Anita does an incredible job of stamping her own style on the track.
In my opinion, she accomplishes the key factor of what a song can do to a listener. While listening to it, you can just zone out and forget about the rest of the world.
The ability to make you leave everything else behind for a second and just listen, to me, is a truly magical thing and this song definitely achieves that.
With a completely different vibe, but equally as amazing, is ‘I Want To Go Outside’. With an upbeat, almost reggae vibe to start off proceedings, Anita performs this one with a much higher pitch voice.
Again, the lyrics are particularly amazing, with the artist, once again, saying exactly what we’re all thinking about the global pandemic.
Accompanied by an Annie Lennox style of voice, this track transports me back to the 70’s listening to a Eurythmics track (something I’m definitely not complaining about).
The difference between this and ‘Best Friends’ is a huge change of beat and pace. However, it works brilliantly for this track, perfectly showcasing the huge amount of talent Anita possesses.
Give the artist a listen by following he Spotify link below
You too can help raise awareness and funds for this debilitating disease by following this link to Anita‘s Just Giving page.
Listen to the latest episode of The Quite Great Radio Show:
Follow Quite Great’s new partnered platform Cambridge Unwrapped: