Edited by JOHN DALY
Gabriels, whose hauntingly beautiful sound has captivated a world audience, has released the soaring new track “Blame” on Elektra.
Gabriels is comprised of gospel singer and choir director Jacob Lusk and co-producers Ryan Hope and Ari Balouzian who are respectively, a film director and classically trained musician.
“When examining our life’s problems, we hastily assign blame,” said vocalist Lusk. “‘This happened because of this…’ Our song ‘Blame’ seeks to examine the construct of not only fault and shame but take a deep dive into the world of addiction, decadence and greed.”
With just a handful of songs to their name, Gabriels is gearing up to release more music this fall.
In August, Gabriels brought their captivating sound to U.S. late night TV, an appearance that followed their U.K. late-night debut on “Later…With Jools Holland” last June.
Gabriels released their debut EP, Love & Hate In A Different Time last year.
Gabriels’ initially got attention abroad, leading to a record deal with Atlas Artists / Parlophone and support from Gilles Peterson, Celeste, Paul Weller, Benji B, Virgil Abloh and Elton John, who branded their title track “one of the most seminal records I’ve heard in the last ten years.”
Listen to and share “Blame” HERE.
The group first came together in 2016 when Hope and Balouzian were working on a film together. In search of a choir for the project, they met Lusk in the casting sessions and instantly clicked.
The trio spent the next five years cohesively redefining their sound while co-writing what ended up becoming Gabriels’ debut EP, Love & Hate In A Different Time.
Well established in the Los Angeles gospel community, Lusk has been singing since he was a child. Raised in an apostolic church, he wasn’t permitted to listen to secular music but on weekends his father would school him in jazz while and artists such as Nat King Cole.
In 2006, Lusk responded to an ad looking for background singers to work with an unnamed rap artist and found himself in the studio with hip-hop figure Nate Dogg. Though that project was never released, Lusk continued to break ground as an artist, singing with Diana Ross at the Hollywood Bowl, collaborating with the likes of Beck and St. Vincent and appearing on American Idol where he worked with producers Rodney Jerkins and Tricky Stewart.