Monday, September 23, 2013

Secret Stages presents Gabriel Tajeu

Secret Stages presents Gabriel Tajeu

Alabama Music goes to downtown Birmingham, Alabama to attend Secret Stages, the music discovery Festival. Gabriel Tajeu was the opening act on the Miller Lite Stage.

In both of its first two years (2011, 2012), Secret Stages brought thousands of people to downtown Birmingham. For two nights a diverse group of music enthusiasts were treated to over 80 bands and a dozen comedians performing on eleven different stages. These acts were drawn from the nation, the region, and our own back yard. The spirit of Secret Stages celebrates that which is coming next in the world of music. Secret Stages 2013, that spirit will remain very much alive. This year's Secret Stages was planned for August 2 and 3, 2013. This two-day festival was once again held in the Historic Loft District of downtown Birmingham.

Gabriel Tajeu was raised listening to all types of music from Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, to Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. During his teenage years he started to listen to R&B legends from Luther Vandross to Brian McKnight. It is R&B that has had the largest influence on his music. From the way he sings, the phrasing, and the types of chord progressions and structure that he hears are all influenced heavily by the genre. "It is the music that I found late in my college years and recently that has had the most profound impact on my current musical ventures."

"Musicians like Ben Harper, Ryan Adams, Van Hunt, Joni Mitchell, Amos Lee, and Elvis Costello have begun to creep into my consciousness. The way they write music is completely different than the R&B artists I grew up listening to...Their lyrical sensibilty, rock and roll affect, and sometimes unpredictible song structure is something that I am trying to incorporate into my music and aspire to as a songwriter."

Gabriel Tajeu has been the smooth lead vocalist for the ultra popular "Bonus Round" based in Birmingham, Al over the past two and a half years. Gabriel recently has branched out on a solo project after months of dedication writing and arranging what he likes to call "R&B/Soul with a dash of Folk Rock for blending. Gabriel is giving his fans an ample taste with his recent solo single "If By Chance" - feat Ivory Soul which he released exclusively on social networks, it was just enough to have them come out and have a truly Soulful experience Live. Gabriel's new band debuted at the recent Inaugural Birmingham Arts and Music Festival performing at The established Workplay Theater before the festival headliner Matthew Mayfield. Gabriel enjoys performing live and is excited about his new venture and happy to take his fans new and old along for the ride.

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