Michael Gabriel

Michael Gabriel

 Los Angeles, California, USA

Michael is a singer-songwriter that writes melodically driven material. It has a contemporary story-telling vibe with a strong string presence. He plays guitar in a finger-picking style. Performs Nat. & Inter. / Pub. & Priv. / Solo or w/ piano, cello, viola, violin & backing vocals. 1-7 Members


“Simply honest and inspiring music”
- Alison Lohman – Actress (Big Fish, White Oleander)

Michael Gabriel is singer-songwriter who has sold thousands of CD’s and toured extensively. He has recorded and performed in both Canada and the US. he performs solo and with an orchestral ensemble. For the ‘Strings Attached’ concert series, he performs his compositions with orchestral flavors at a custom-made event that has been in the making for his entire career.

‘Strings Attached’ has been extremely well received by both the public and the press since its inception. With an elaborate light show to correspond with the symphonic movements in Michael’s original story-telling and emotionally fluid material, intricate vocal arrangements, and a gifted orchestral ensemble, the ‘Strings Attached’ live experience has become: “...a breathtaking coming together of sound."
- Marielle Julian, Velvet Rope Magazine

Full Biography

Michael Gabriel trained and performed as a classical singer in Vancouver, B.C. He has been the lead singer in original bands in both Canada and the United States. After releasing two solo EP's ‘Open to the Moment’ & ‘Places Along the Way’, he toured with his classical guitar across Canada.

For the 2007 Canadian National Tour, he traveled for eight months from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast and many places in-between. During the tour, he performed solo (guitar & vocals) songs from the debut full-length album: ‘The Certainty of Change’ and showcased new material. Michael dedicated part of his 2007 tour to spreading awareness about children in developing countries and he continues with this message today. Toward the end of the Canadian National Tour (while on the road), he recorded a new album: ‘In This Together’. The 12-song album was recorded with classical guitar and vocals.

With the start of 2008, he performed live to promote the new CD and the debut album. In March, an opportunity came up to work with Lakeshore Records on an EP. Michael recorded a total of 4 songs at Tiger Mountain Studios in Los Angeles. The EP was named: ‘Southern California Sessions’ and was released online and on CD. A music video was made for the single - ‘Angel Wings’. Following the release, Michael had several interviews/live performances for radio stations and the track received notable air-play in Ontario. Several live solo performance videos were also recorded and posted.

For 2009, Michael focused on both radio air-play for ‘Angel Wings’, live performances in Canada, and international bookings. He performed solo and began working with a cellist, pianist, and a drummer.

In 2010, Michael continued to perform solo and introduced piano and cello to the live shows. He also recorded and released another full band single called ‘Penelope Rose’ that would eventually be part of ‘The Discovery’. This CD was released in late 2010 and marked his third LP. It consists of 14 solo tracks and one full band song.

The end of 2010 was punctuated by a cross Canada adventure. It involved Michael performing solo on the trans-continental VIA Rail train from Toronto to Vancouver and back.

For 2011, Michael prepared to launch the ‘Strings Attached’ concert series: "...Gabriel criss-crossed this country for the past decade mostly with just his guitar in tow and now wants the music he plays to be heard the way he envisioned it." -COVER STORY Bob Klanac - Scene Magazine. With tremendous support from the public and the media - the premier was a success! Michael performed with a pianist, cellist, violist and violinist, to a full room at The Aeolian Hall in London, ON. and received a standing ovation. For the rest of 2011, ‘Strings Attached’ evolved to adapt an elaborate light show to correspond with the symphonic movements in Michael’s original story-telling and emotionally fluid material, intricate choir arrangements, and a gifted orchestral ensemble, to create: “...a breathtaking coming together of
sound." - Marielle Julian, Velvet Rope Magazine

In the first quarter of 2012 ‘Strings Attached’ performed their fourth concert in Kitchener, Ontario. To take the series one step further – choral parts were arranged for the ‘Shade of Blue’ youth choir to premiere this latest edition of the series. On that special night in February, not only did the show succeed but all the performers truly gelled during this live concert recording to inspire and set into motion the next full length recording.

In May 2012, the noticeably expanded ensemble not only returns to The Aeolian with the London based Mysterium youth choir, but this concert will double as the official CD release party for ‘Strings Attached’ LIVE.

Michael, the ensemble, and his management team are currently seeking concert hall venues that will effectively showcase and accommodate this orchestral event in Canada, the US and the UK.


Angel Wings

Written By: Michael Gabriel

When I close my eyes
I’ll be gone from this place
I will see life from the other side

Cry not tears I am with you
Feel my angel wings around your soul
You are not alone

And you, you were the best thing in my life
And I pray for you over on this side
Forget not I am here
Look above and see my wings
Peering over you
You are not alone

You cannot come where my soul will be
Far and away
Hold my hand
I am so afraid

I will come love you
Guide protect you
Wrap my angel wings
Around your soul
You are not alone

And you enjoy the rest of your life
And I save your soul on this side
Only now I can see
After you lay my soul to sleep
How much I loved you girl
I entered the night
And moved toward the light
You are not alone

Sweeper Man

Written By: Michael Gabriel

Twisted and torn
Your hearts on the floor
Am I the sweeper man
Catching your fall
Grieving is never easy
You’re always alone
Unless someone can lighten you load

I hold you like I hold forever
There is strength in knowing
That there will be no more falling apart
Was I wrong lonely buying
What the loneliness sold to me

Lay with me
Lie not to me
Am I wrong
I’m the sweeper man
Catching your fall
You can cry with me
Try to tell me how you feel
I will listen, love
But I won’t let you down

You wanted a bridge
To guide you across
Anything to take pain away
But if pain is inside you
Pain will come find you
And when it does dear
Where will you run

This could be forever and a day
If we get past the past
Who plays havoc
Inside or worlds today

Will we run from the shadows eve
Well these tears are yours and mine to climb
Over the walls we built
We can find love in our hearts
Inside these open arms open wide
And the clouds will come
The rain will drop
It’s never a question of whether or not
It will and when it does
Where will we run
When the rain falls where will we run

Bye-bye, So Long

Written By: Michael Gabriel

It’s been over a year
Couch is where I sleep
On my third car
Given to me

I think I’m at the end
Driving back from the show
Hit from behind
Spinning out of control

Bye-bye, so long
Farwell my friends
I thought I would be here forever
Forever’s shown me
How forever ends
Bye-bye, so long

I’ve seen the fall
Like a broken damn
I’ve watched desire
Kill half the man

I never thought it’d be me
The one you would read about
The one who was dealing with struggle
But finding some answers
Life chose to check out

I was living hand to mouth
Never knowing each week
Where I would be in tomorrow
But I’d always followed
What always set me free
Bye-bye, so long

Living on the road
Longer than most
Sleeping under the stars
But we were sleeping alone

How she loved her man
How I loved her back
But she was loving a ghost
‘Cause now that’s all that she has

The Low Side of Down

Written By: Michael Gabriel

You can be only you
Who your are
What you believe
This is how you were made

Can you deny
A truth that would die
To stay alive
You’re still learning to fly

But you’re living
On the low side of down
And you want to get back
To where you belong

And if it takes to your life
There’s no need to step down from the call
You’ll survive every fall
You can only be yourself
To be any good at all

So hard to find
A friend of your kind
Mine have been so lovely to me

And I won’t forget
In all that I’ve met
How the heart turns to gold on the sleeve

Have you heard
The one about the one
Down and out
Nothing going his way

Until he heard
It’s what you give
With all you have
Magic can happen
As long as you imagine it to


1) Strings Attached - Live
An Orchestral Concert Series
Released: 2012
10 Live Concert Songs - Orchestral
3 Bonus Studio Tracks - Full Band

2) Up Until Here
The Box Set
Released: 2012
Solo / Full Band / Strings Arrangments
57 Songs from 6 Releases

3) The Discovery
Released: 2010
15 Tracks
14 Solo: Vocals & Guitar
1 Full Band Song

4) Southern California Sessions
Released: 2009
4 Tracks
Full Band w/ string arrangements
Single w/ Video: Angel Wings

5) In This Together
Released: 2008
12-Song - LP (Solo)

6) The Certainty of Change
Released: 2005
14 Tracks
Full Band
Vocal/Guitar & Piano Duets

7) Places Along the Way
Released: 2004
6 Tracks
Solo: Vocals & Guitar

8) Open to the Moment
Released: 2003
6 Tracks
Solo: Vocals & Guitar

Set List

Set Options:

1, 2 or 3 - 45 Minute Sets

I have listed the originals first. The cover songs are posted below. For a performance, the cover songs are integrated into the set with the originals.


1. Underneath
2. Bye-bye, So Long
3. Marianne
4. Let it Pass
5. The Autumn Moon
6. Penelope Rose
7. The Damage
8. Sweeper Man
9. A Place For You
10. What Needs to Dry
11. Beautiful Lines
12. The Low Side of Down
13. Questions from a Lonely Man
14. Shine
15. Brick and Mortar
16. Angel Wings
17. For All Your Time
18. A Humble Between
19. End of The Line
20. The Path You Walk
21. Somethings
22. Far Away


1. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
2. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
3. If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot
4. Love Of My Life - Queen
5. Oh, Very Young - Cat Stevens
6. Vincent - Don McLean
7. Over the Rainbow - Music: Harold Arlen / Lyrics: E.Y. Harburg
8. I'll Be - Edwin McCain
9. People Are Crazy - B