Recording artist and plus-sized model Gabby Fe has recently released her newest single, “Better.” Fe is known for creating and performing pop-soul tunes, such as her first song, “Prioritize.” On top of that, she’s also amassed over 23,000 followers on Instagram and helped raise money and awareness to end human trafficking. We got the chance to sit down with Gabby Fe in an exclusive interview – here’s what we learned about her beginnings, passion for music and more.
As the middle child in a massive family, Fe found that music was something that set her apart from all of her siblings. “I performed everywhere I could. I grew up singing in church, in talent shows since I was six and I’ve been writing songs since I was 16. Music has always been a big part of my life and it comes naturally to me,” she told us.
Inspired by Amy Winehouse, Adele, SZA and Frank Ocean, Fe wants to make a gospel album as well as soca/dancehall/compa songs to honor her Carribean heritage in the future. With great ambitions come hard work and determination, and every day comes another set of obstacles. In fact, a typical day for Fe is extremely busy!
“I wake up around 8:30, and I quickly get ready for a modeling job—typically wearing a tank top, jeans and a messy bun with no makeup,” Fe says. “I hop on the subway and make my way to Manhattan to see about three clients per day and end at around noon.”
She then drops by the State MGMT and BiCoastal MGMT agency to say hello and gives them her vouchers for the day, which are essentially receipts for her modeling work. “I make my way back to Brooklyn around 2 PM, and I get started on music business stuff—replying to emails and working on new songs.” Fe makes dinner and in true millennial fashion, finishes the night off unwinding with some Netflix until she falls asleep.
According to Fe, songwriting comes naturally to her. She literally just closes her eyes, starts playing her guitar and freestyling whatever she’s feeling at that moment. “What I am mostly feeling in this season of my life,” Fe explains, “is the emotions of a crush or relationship I’m involved with.”
Fe came up with the idea for her single “Better” when she was trying to describe a real, open and honest relationship. She wants people to relate to her song and to think of their best friend or significant other—someone who knows them better than they know themselves.
According to Fe, you may run into a lot of souls on this earth but when you find a real, genuine, authentic connection, everything changes and the truth comes out. It makes you feel like you can live in your true authentic self.
“We are all looking for that special someone in our lives to make us fully known and loved for being exactly who we are, despite our faults and all,” Fe states. “We aren’t perfect, but we deserve to be loved and accepted.”
Fe adds that everyone will interpret the song differently: “I think different words speak to different people in the song, and it should be up to the listener which line is their favorite,” she adds. “For me, I really like ‘It’s your love that runs so deep it’s like the ocean.’”
Fe consistently writes all of her songs and ensures that it appeals to the listeners, especially to the younger generation. “Better” is a track that depicts Fe’s point of view of real love. Others might have different perspectives, but for her, it’s a personal connection with God.
“It reveals that I have found someone who knows me better than I know myself, and I take comfort in that,” Fe said. “It’s like I’m free-falling, and I know that there is always someone to catch me when I fall.”
In five years, Fe sees herself touring the world and winning a Grammy. So far, in her singing career, she’s already sung for a charity that brought awareness in ending human trafficking around the world. “So many people came out for that show. It was really inspiring and an honor to sing and use my gifts to raise money for the cause. All proceeds from the concert went to victims of human trafficking and to their rehabilitation and new lives,” Fe explains.
Fe finished by encouraging aspiring singers to stay consistent with the work they are doing and their brand—to find your tribe and build with them. “Always be relatable and never get on your high horse, forgetting those who supported you from the beginning. They will be important in your success later,” she says.
Featured image courtesy of Gabby Fe