"Song for Fina": "Brilliant and stellar music....the track is smooth, crisp, and a masterpiece!" -WJMB Smooth Jazz Boston Global Radio
"Following up on his popular debut single, "Song for Fina", 14-year-old bass phenom Gabriel Severn - a two time DownBeat Student Music Award winner - pops and grooves from the get-go on his buoyant new single "Kick Start" - dedicated to those who supported his musical dreams on Kickstarter. The snappy, instantly infectious, romp spotlights Severn's rhythmic and melodic intensity as he holds his own (and then some!) while vibing with guitarist/producer Chieli Minucci and current Special EFX members, drummer Joel Rosenblatt and keyboardist Jay Rowe." -Smooth Jazz Global
Gabriel is a 2020 JEN Young Composers Showcase selectee, and his musical aptitude has earned him the Dr. Lou Fischer Jazz Education Network (JEN) Co-Founder Scholarship as well as three 2019 and two 2018 DownBeat Student Music Awards. These awards are considered the most prestigious in jazz education and the educational equivalent to the GRAMMYs. Although Gabriel is a versatile bass player, his maiden voyage into composing demonstrates a musical sophistication and depth, and is a step into new artistic paths.