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Teenage musician from Glemsford overwhelmed after triumph at BurySOUND competition




Gabby Rivers performing at the BurySOUND 2019 final. Picture: Jan Roberts. (7830303)
Gabby Rivers performing at the BurySOUND 2019 final. Picture: Jan Roberts. (7830303)

A 16-year-old musician has won the chance to record some tracks and boost her fanbase after her band triumphed in this year’s BurySOUND competition.

Singer and guitarist Gabby Rivers, who fronts indie/soul quartet GABBY, was crowned the champion of the 21st battle of the bands-style contest at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds earlier this month.

Their prize includes two days’ studio time at The Shrubbery Recording Studio – partly funded by Bury-based music therapy programme Noise Solution – as well as merchandise and professional branding packages.

Gabby, from Glemsford, said: “I’m really excited because I’ve been waiting a long time to be able to record music. I’ve been constantly writing material so I’m hopefully going to use the studio time to record an EP or some singles to release.

GABBY, fronted by 16-year-old singer/guitarist Gabby Rivers, wins BurySOUND 2019. Picture: Jan Roberts. (7830320)
GABBY, fronted by 16-year-old singer/guitarist Gabby Rivers, wins BurySOUND 2019. Picture: Jan Roberts. (7830320)

“I still can’t get over that me and the band won because the talent on the stage was just incredible and it was such a great night.

“It honestly means so much to me to win BurySOUND. It shows that people believe in me and that’s one of the most important things in music, because it makes me want to do it even more.”

The band have also scooped free tour van hire, industry advice, vouchers from Sounds Plus music shop, a promotional photoshoot by Jan Roberts Photography and a main stage slot at this year’s Homegrown Music Festival in Barrow.

GABBY beat off competition from History & Lore, Jasmine Canham, Sophie Mahon & The Ready Mades and Final Transmission.



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