Chit Chatting with Singer Gabrielle Stahlschmidt
Written by: Jill Sheets
Picture credit: Lance Tilford
Recently Relate had the honor of interviewing up and coming singer Gabrielle
Stahlschmidt. Continue to read on to learn more about this talented singer and about her
R: Tell us a little bit about yourself?
G I have an outstanding family who supports me in all that I do.
R: How would you describe yourself?
G: I LOVE music. I believe it has the power to heal and to change people. In my
concerts, depending the venue, I talk about purity and abstinence and forgiveness for
those who have made choices that they regret. I try to be sensitive to those who are
hurting. I am ready to lend a hand, a heart and my prayers to someone in need. I believe
we have been given one chance in this life to make a difference in someone else’s life. I
due my best to make the most of every opportunity. I want to be remembered as someone
who truly cared. I am not ashamed to share the good news of the gospel. I love my
friends and my family is everything to me .I truly believe God has blessed me with the
most awesome and supportive boyfriend. So, the word “BLESSED” would describe me.
R: Tell us about your music background? How old where you when you started to sing?
How did you get your start?
G: Wow…I have been singing around the house since I was a child. I remember the
first time I sat at my sister’s incubator in the NicU department and sang “Jesus Loves
You” She is the one really got me singing. When I was 10, she had such a passion for
music, singing made her happy so she started with a voice coach and I wanted that too.
I started with piano at the age of 5 so, the two went together. My true passion is in adult
contemporary music and Christian music. I have recently ventured into a little country. I
will be singing and playing music with my sister and a band on one of the main stages in
Florissant for their October Fest.
R: We also read that you can sing in Italian and Spanish. That is amazing. How hard
was it to learn those songs?
G: I have an amazing vocal coach, Mark Madsen, who used to be the head of the vocal
department at UMSL and now teaches privately. He has taught me everything I know.
I did take 2 years of Spanish in Jr. High school which made it much easier to learn. I
absolutely love singing in foreign languages. When I come across a piece of music that I
like, I listen and study it until it’s memorized with the proper dialect and work on it with
my vocal coach until it’s ready to record or perform.
R: Tell us about your CD “Gabrielle With Love.” Is there a release date for the CD?
G: “Gabrielle With Love” is considered my signature series cd. I have 2 more songs to
add to the ep before it will be released. We are looking at sometime in February for a
R: What is your favorite song to sing when you are performing?
G: I would have to say the one I wrote called “Savin My Love” It’s done in a blues style.
It has such a fun beat. It makes me happy every time I perform it. It has a larger meaning
and follows the theme of my concerts.
R: We read that you wrote your own music. What is your writing process? Do you start
with the words? How do you come up with the ideas for your songs? How long does it
normally take you to write one?
G: Usually I write the words first. I write a poem as the structure and then add the
music, shaping the words to fit the melody. It takes me about a week to fully create
a song. My inspiration comes from what I am feeling at the moment or from life’s
R: Where can people get your music?
G: They can contact www.crossworldsentertainment.com and leave their info for now
and someone will contact them. The signature cd with 7 songs runs $7.95
R: If you could tour with anyone in the world, w ho would it be?
G: That’s a great question! Definitely either Josh Groban or Katherine McPhee
R: What singers and bands do you listen to, and what is your favorite song by each one?
G: I listen to many different artists! Some of my favorite would have to be Katherine
Jenkins “Time to Say Goodbye”, Leona Lewis “Here I Am”, Keri Job “No Matter What”
Bon Jovi “It’s My Life” Faith Hill “Breath” and Josh Groban “When You Say You Love
Picture credit: Lance Tilford
R: Tell us about winning the Saint Louis title of “Idolize.”Sai
G: That had to be one of the most fun competitions of my life. I loved performing and
was so honored to win. It was an audience judged competition, and after 2 shows at the
Florissant Theatre I was honored enough to receive the Idolize title. I sang another song
that I love by Andrea Bocelli called “Because We Believe” He wrote it for one of the
opening ceremonies to the winter Olympics.
R: What is the best advice you have ever gotten and by who?
G: From a really good friend of my family. I was told to stay true to myself and dream
big. Never lose sight of myself and always pursue my dreams.
R: What advice would you give teenage girls?
G:I would say be true to who you are and don’t let others tear you down. Always pursue
your dream and don’t let others tell you that you aren’t good enough or can’t achieve
them. Do everything with passion.
R: What are your future goals?
G: I hope to use my songs to inspire others. I see myself in some sort of ministry
involving children and teens. I want to spread the message that purity is a beautiful thing,
and I want to help build their esteem and be a role model in today’s society.
R: What has been your favorite memory so far?
G: My favorite memory would have to be the first time I sang a solo for my church. I
was so nervous, and my dad sat in the front row the whole time. He even offered to hold
my hand while I sang!
R: What are five things people may not know about you?
G: I’m normally quiet but love to have a good time, I have a younger sister who sings,
plays the violin and has recorded on many of my songs with me. Music is my passion
but reading is my get away. I am not ashamed to share the good news of the gospel and I
love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
R: Do you have any charities that are close to your heart? If so, which ones and tell us
G: Camp Penuel – We have been involved with them ever since I was born. The camp
serves the inner-city, at risk and underprivileged children For a week, they come to
stay for free and are presented with the gospel, enjoy great meals, stay in cabins and
experience nature. They are always looking for great summer staff who love to serve.
For more information log on to. – http://camp-penuel.org/
Picture credit: Cornerstone Global
R: How has been your biggest influence in your life and why?
G: The biggest influence would have to be my father. He has been a constant source of
moral support and has given me the means to follow my dreams. I am so blessed to have
such a supportive family!
R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?
G: Hmmmm….. It obviously is one that hasn’t been asked yet. (laughs)
R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their
G. Do you have an official website? www.crossworldsentertainment.com
Do you have a youtube page? http://www.youtube.com/user/GStahlschmidt
People can contact me through either place. I am good about
returning messages or my manager will take care of the ones that pertain to performing.
Since I lead a full and busy life I maintain my facebook account for my immediate
friends etc and you of course
R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?
G: Thank you for your support. Believe in your dreams and go after them. Don’t
be discouraged with set backs. Don’t give up and be ready to lend a smile or word of
encouragement to someone. Be an inspiration! This world needs people to lookup to.
R: Gabrielle, thank you for the interview. It was an honor. Have a great day.
G: Thank You!