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Life & Work with Trevor Gabriel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Trevor Gabriel.

Hi Trevor, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I am a self-taught musician. I was born and raised in New York City. I not only serve as Founder & Program-Director for my performing arts program, A.I.M. Enrichment Center. I also serve Winston-Salem NC and surrounding areas as a full-time musician, singer-songwriter, music producer & director-mentor; teaching private piano, percussion and voice lessons. Since the age of five, I’ve expressed a deep love for creating and performing music, sharing that same passion on stage with music artists such as Artimus Pyle of “Lynyrd Skynyrd”, Dorothy Norwood & Dominique ‘Doe’ Jones of “Forever Jones”. After receiving opportunities to host music workshops within communities throughout the NC Triad area (from 2013-2017), I have since grown a passion for mentoring individuals in the Performing Arts.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It most certainly has not been a smooth road in this journey. I dedicate my passion for music and love for mentoring to my earlier years as an aspiring artist and musician. Though forever grateful for my journey, an essential part of my life’s goal is to provide aspiring artists and musicians with enriching, developmental tools & mentor-ship in the arts that I did not have access to while growing up.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Though fairly new as a music artist in the industry, I believe a songwriter is who I am at the core of it all. Since childhood, I’ve always had a love and skill for constructing things; from intricate lego designs to DIY cardboard cutouts and boxcars, music was always rooted within me, though and just became the thing I feel most natural & free creating. I currently feel most proud of the creative space for artists that I’ve been blessed to bring to fruition; it truly warms my heart to see my mentees and students soar in musical creativity, whether it be their first time ever or the first time in a long time. Through experience, I believe what sets me apart from others is my ability to adapt quickly and smoothly in situations, both musically and generally. I’ve realized that my appreciation for detail is what allows me the will to want to adapt quickly in any given situation.

Can you talk about how you think about risk?
I believe that as an entrepreneur and creative, the element of risk-taking is important. I’ve certainly had to take risks in my journey as an entrepreneur and music artist, trusting individuals with my plans and goals, as well as my musical concepts and norms.

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