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TEMP3ST performing at 2012 Make Music Pasadena
Background information
Also known as Tempest
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Alternative pop, electronic rock, indie, soul
Years active April 2012 (2012-04)–present
Website www.iamtempest.com
Members Gabrielle Wortman
Christopher Roberts
George Madrid

TEMP3ST is an American indie electronic rock band, consisting of award-winning songwriter and producer, Gabrielle Wortman, Christopher Roberts and George Madrid. The band formed in May 2012 after a three-year collaboration between Christopher Roberts and Gabrielle Wortman’s during her solo career. Gabrielle Wortman was named 2012 Sundance Film Festival's "Next Big Thing" on Park City TV,[1] a title previously held by The Civil Wars among others. TEMP3ST independently released their debut EP, i am tempest., under the TEMP3ST band name on June 10, 2012.


Gabrielle Wortman moved to Los Angeles, California in 2007 to attend the University of California, Los Angeles for a degree in Music Media and Management where she was an honors student. While at UCLA, Gabrielle performed in both the 2009 and 2011 UCLA Spring Sing events, noted for having produced talent such as Sara Bareilles and Maroon 5 in earlier years. Her performance in the Strathmore Players' rendition of Jerry Maguire the Musical in 2009 won them the Bruin's Choice Award as well as the award for Best Production.[2] In 2009, Wortman worked with producer Sejo Navajas to record her first studio album at 4th Street Recording Studio in Santa Monica, CA. The album went on to receive a 2009 nomination for the Los Angeles Music Awards' "AAA Album of the Year" category. During the recording and release of this album she met drummer, Christopher Roberts. The two began working together and eventually formed TEMP3ST.

TEMP3ST has been most noted by critics for their electronically infused unique style, being described as "ground-breaking urban-soul-alternative artist and a radical music tempest."[3] Their songs reflect a moody, dark, and soulful style.[4] Gabrielle Wortman's songwriting has been praised for uniquely combining a distinct southern soul and an urban vibe[5] with "sexy electronic beats".[6] Gabrielle’s classical piano background is articulated through intricate melody lines within their songs and is uniquely fused with elements of electronic production and vocal effects. She is often praised for her vocals, which are highly dynamic, soulful and raw.

The band is known for their impressive and eclectic live performances, which include unconventional instrumentation such as megaphones, multiple lead microphones, electronic drum kits, multiple keyboards, computers and more. They have been described as “wizards” onstage[citation needed] and have described themselves as “not just a DJ with a laptop but a group making electronic music right in front of your eyes.” TEMP3ST has performed at noteworthy music festivals around the country, including opening for Grouplove and Cults at Make Music Pasadena, five performances during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and Seattle Pridefest 2011.

i am tempest. EP[edit]

In 2012, Gabrielle and Christopher released their first EP under new nomenclature of TEMP3ST. The album features four songs written and produced by Gabrielle Wortman. It was received to a sea of praise from indie blogs such as IndieUpdate,[3] The Burning Ear,[7] Buzzbands LA,[8] Your Music Radar,[9] Music Under Fire,[10] Indie Bands Blog,[11] and more.



  1. ^ Sundance Music 2012: Gabrielle Wortman interview on YouTube
  2. ^ Meschke, Katie (5 May 2011). "Miniature musical mixes up Spring Sing". Daily Bruin. 
  3. ^ a b Maeia (18 June 2012). "Tempest – Gabrielle Wortman Reborn". IndieUpdate. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Ferguson, Wes (15 April 2011). "One to Watch: Gabrielle Wortman Debuts 'Don't Let Me Lose Control' (VIDEO)". Celebuzz!. BUZZMEDIA. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Maurer, Jennifer (19 April 2011). "Exclusive Interview: Gabrielle Wortman". Popstar.com. World Media Group, LLC. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Out to See: Make Music Pasadena". Traffik. 24 June 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "MP3 Gabrielle Wortman – "Ghost"". The Burning Ear. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  8. ^ Bronson, Kevin (8 June 2012). "Ears Wide Open: Tempest". BuzzBands.LA. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Gabrielle Wortman – Ghost // Voodoo Love". Your Music Radar. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Gabrielle Mortman". Music Under Fire. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Gabrielle Wortman". Indie bands blog. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

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