Gabrielle Aplin Biography
Since 2010, Aplin has released three EPs and toured the UK and Europe. In February 2012, Aplin announced she had signed to Parlophone and was recording her debut album. She gained mainstream attention the following November when she was selected to soundtrack a John Lewis television advertisement with a cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "The Power of Love", which reached No 1 on the UK Singles Chart on 9 December 2012.
Early life and career beginnings (1992–2010)
Anne Gabrielle Aplin was born and brought up in the small village of Sutton Benger, Wiltshire; the first of two children. Her parents bought her first guitar at the age of 11, and she says her music is influenced by listening to their Joni Mitchell and Bruce Springsteen collections growing up. She is a fan of singer-songwriters Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, as well as rock band The National. After moving to Wood Green, London for 8 months, she now lives in Richmond.
She attended Sheldon School in Chippenham, where she describes her fellow pupils as "upper-middle class and I don't think I fitted in with their lifestyles”. She went on to study music at City of Bath College, participating in the college's in-house label BA1 Records.
Aplin developed a fanbase by posting performance videos to YouTube. Her most popular videos include her original composition "Home", and covers of "The Liar and the Lighter" by You Me At Six, "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry and "Forget You" by Cee Lo Green. She has described her music as "very family orientated, very personal".
In July 2010, Aplin performed on her local radio station BBC Wiltshire. Her first release was the 5-track Acoustic EP which was released on the iTunes Store on 13 September 2010. It reached the top 25 in the UK iTunes album chart, and features the song "Reverse" which was used on E4 TV show Made in Chelsea.
Never Fade, Home and BBC Introducing (2011-12)
Her second EP saw Aplin expand her sound, showcasing a more folk rock sound and playing all instruments herself. Never Fade was released on 9 May 2011.
In April 2011, Aplin was invited to perform for BBC Introducing at Maida Vale Studios, where she played 3 tracks from Never Fade and a cover of the Coldplay song Fix You. Her cover is one of the most viewed videos on the BBC Introducing YouTube channel.
Aplin released her third EP, Home, on 9 January 2012. Her YouTube channel features her performing the EP in St Mary's Church, Bath. She described the release as "the most honest thing I've ever written and recorded." The lead track "Home" was featured on the iTunes Store as "single of the week" and was available to download for free as a part of iTunes' New Artists 2012 promotion. The song was also played on BBC Radio 1.
Parlophone signing, John Lewis advert and English Rain (2012-2013)
On 29 February 2012, Aplin announced that she had signed to Parlophone. She began recording her debut album in March, and expects it to be out in early 2013. Her first major label single "Please Don't Say You Love Me" is set for release on 10 February 2013. Aplin is working with the record producer Mike Spencer.
Aplin was confirmed as the soundtrack to the John Lewis 2012 Christmas television advertisement, covering Frankie Goes To Hollywood's "The Power of Love". In an interview, she said "I was worried people might hate me because they were so attached to the original single. But I've since been in touch with Holly Johnson, and he said some lovely things about my take on his song." On December 12, 2012, Aplin announced that the title of her debut album would be "English Rain". In addition, she also unveiled its artwork and release date of April 29, 2013.