2013 Female Vocalist Of The Year – Gaby Duran

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Gaby Duran has been capturing our ears for a few years now. Though we’re not sure what happened to her group Duran Blu, she’s been steadily pushing her solo movement one live show at a time. Her voice has such range and diversity that we’re sure comes natural to her, but her studying at Berklee College Of Music probably just further refined and curated it to perfection.

2013 saw Gaby performing at various venues including The Stage,  Charles St., LMNT, among other South Florida hot spots for live music. She was also on a few releases as a guest vocalist for songs by J. Nics, Miami Beat Wave, Phresh James and Prez P. She absolutely shined bright on each of those collaborations, but the highlight of the year was her short but oh-so-sweet hook on Dead Prez’s “Overstand”. Her performance on “Overstand”, again while short, made us believers. She truly has a voice you can fall in love with upon any listen.

We were disappointed though that we didn’t get to see any full length solo tracks or the Natural Selection EP from her production group Grasslands as we were promised, but we’re sure she’ll make up for it in 2014.

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