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Trini Songstress, Gahbaie, Takes NYC

gay jobity 3The Caribbean has birthed some of the biggest music acts in the world, and there’s plenty more where they came from. New York City starlet Gahbaie, formerly known as Cameron Hill, is no exception.

Born Gabrielle Jobity in Diego Martin, Trinidad and Tobago, this former catholic school girl has strayed far from her humble beginnings, and is set to take the music industry by storm. Jobity, who holds an undergraduate degree in Biology, shared how a career in music won out over a career in academics. “After working in Trinidad with a producer by the name of Kit Israel of Advokit Productions in 2013, I moved to New York to further my music career. I happened to meet the owner of Abridge Studios, Jenso Plymouth, at an event. Things began to take off for me from there.”

She clearly made the right career move, since her first musical offering, a ditty entitled “The Pum Pum Song,” was well-received by New Yorkers and Trinis alike, and earned her the Reverbnation Songwriting Competition win in 2014. Things weren’t always quite so rosy for the petite starlet, however, as she got off to a very rough start. She shared, “I’ve mostly performed in and around places in New York, including Rockwood Music Hall and Ella Lounge. Honestly, many of those times were horrible for me because at the time I had absolutely no fan base in America. There were people listening to my recorded music, yes, but very few people came out to see me perform.”

Though she was sometimes left in tears after a performance, her determination to succeed helped her to quickly bounce back. “This is NYC, and the music industry isn’t for the faint of heart, so I made up my mind that I wasn’t going to wallow. Eventually, I had to refocus my energy on promoting my shows and getting my name out there. I started sharing the stage with other budding artistes and even doing covers. My shows are a lot better now.”

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