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Gabriel Royal

Heartbeat Hotel, Theater aan het Spui

The Oasis, Theater aan het Spui

Grown-up lullabies – the buzzword that coins the feel of Gabriel Royal’s music, makes perfect sense once you hear him play. This Oklahoma-born, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and cellist had his start performing for commuters in the New York City subway stations. The Huffington Post once dubbed him ‘Brooklyn’s best busker’.

Royal continues to frequent the subway, as the people ushering by are his inspiration for the laid-back, dreamlike and wistful tunes he produces – a jazzy form of R&B and chamber pop that brings to mind the sounds of John Legend and James Blake. Other musicians Royal has been compared with are Stevie Wonder, Hiatus Coyote, Flying Lotus, Janelle Monae and Thundercat. Still, his own sound merits its very own trademark, uniquely touching and met with great popularity worldwide.

Royal’s intuitive mix of classical, singer-songwriter and R&B appeals to all kinds of crowds. His cello accompanies his charming voice with delicate, deep and expressive melodies that have you settle down in a comfy, mental armchair, even when rushing through a drafty tunnel to catch a train.