|Birth name||Gabriel Steve Lopez|
|Origin||Santa Barbara, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Pop, Rock, Dance, Soul, R&B|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Actor|
|Labels||Red Queen Music - Sound Axis, Universal Music|
Known in Los Angeles for performing in noted venues such as The Roxy Theatre, House of Blues, and The Derby and voted one of Music Connection Magazine's Hot 100 Artists, Lopez first came to international prominence as a producer and songwriter for American Idols Jim Verraros and Angela Peel, as well as for international RaggaHop star Ms. Triniti. (References: ASCAP, www.theroxyonsunset.com, www.jimverraros.com)
Lopez released his debut This Is About You on January 16, 2006 to strong reviews. All 17 of the album's songs were licensed to TV and movies. NBC used "Sunday Summertime" for the end-of-day montage of winners in the 2008 Olympics. (References: ASCAP, www.ascap.com, TV Guide)
Lopez' second album Shine Like the Sun was released on July 21, 2011. The album's first single "Boomerang" was released on April 11, 2011 and received strong radio-play on Sirius XM Radio, including play on the #1 dance channel - BPM. Shine Like the Sun also features the single "No Hate," an anti-Prop. 8 song that has been used by the NO H8 Campaign. (References: DNA Magazine, www.gabelopez.com)
On March 17, 2012, Lopez released his debut video for the single "If You Could Stop Time" - a song featured on Shine Like the Sun. The video has received favorable reviews for its warmth and honesty. (References: myfizzypop.blogspot.com, www.youtube.com)
On December 12, 2012 (12-12-12), Lopez released "Red Light," a brand new single with an upbeat pop-rock vibe. On December 21, 2012 (12-21-12), Lopez released "Red Light (Ultra Red Velvet Remix)," a remix suitable for the dancefloor. (References: www.reverbnation.com, www.gabelopez.com) The song is currently getting airplay on Sirius XM Radio, iHeart Radio and FM channels. (Source: www.iheart.com, www.siriusxm.com)
In May 2014, Lopez was the opening act for Belinda Carlisle on Carlisle's UK tour. Lopez received favorable reviews in UK publications and in social media. (References: www.siriusxm.com, www.billboard.com)
On June 9, 2014, Lopez released his third album It's Obvious It's Obvious, which debuted on the Top 100 New Releases on iTunes and Top 3 on ReverbNation. (Source: www.itunes.com, www.reverbnation.com) The singles "Hush Your Mind," "Cuz U Like Boys," "Butch Cassidy" and "Red Light" are all in rotation on Sirius XM Radio, iHeart Radio and FM radio in the US and UK.
On August 15, 2015, Lopez released a new song "California Blues," which features backing vocals by pop icon Belinda Carlisle. The song debuted in the Top 100 Singer-Songwriter chart on iTunes and has been receiving strong reviews (Source: goodmomusic.net, muzoic.com, popularity.com). The following week, Lopez resumed his role as opener for Carlisle on tour dates in the US and Canada, with dates scheduled in the UK in October 2015.
Producer and songwriting career
After signing with Rondor (Universal Music Group) in 2008, Lopez continued producing and writing for various artists and acts. Credits include Belinda Carlisle, New Kids On the Block, Joey McIntyre, Charice, Drew Ryan Scott, Thomas Fiss, Varsity Fanclub, Shinee (Top 5 hit in South Korea), Tyler Hilton, Jeff Silbar, Brent Paschke, Chris Salvatore, and other recording artists. (References: Billboard Magazine, www.billboard.com)
Lopez wrote the upcoming Belinda Carlisle single "Sun" with Carlisle and Go-Go's member Jane Wiedlin. Carlisle, Wiedlin and Lopez all sing background harmonies. Lopez also produced the song, with additional production and mixing by Ian Masterson. "Sun" will be released on Geffen Records on March 19, 2013 and will be featured on Carlisle's greatest hits album ICON. (References: Billboard Magazine, www.billboard.com)
Lopez co-wrote three songs on the NKOTB album "10" - "Now Or Never," "Back to Life" and "Block Party." The album will be released April 2, 2013. (www.nkotb.com)
Lopez had been writing for James Brown in late 2006 and two songs penned by Lopez were to be on Brown's next album entitled "World Funk Against the Grain" due for a 2007 release. Brown died on Christmas Day, 2006, but said in a press release a month before, "Mr. Lopez gets the funk. Mr. Lopez gives us hope for the future of music.". The songs remain unreleased. (Reference: James Brown Music Foundation)
Influenced by The Beatles, Sheryl Crow and Stevie Wonder, Lopez trained vocally in opera to secure vocal technique and range and studied classical and jazz theory for composition. He is self-taught in piano, guitar, bass and drums. He also taught himself to read and write sheet music.
Lopez resides in Los Angeles, CA.
|This Is About You
|Shine Like the Sun
|It's Obvious It's Obvious
|California Blues (feat. Belinda Carlisle)