At the age of 16, Gabriella Salvucci has already made musical history. The Oakdale, Pennsylvania resident is the youngest artist to ever sign to Misra Records, a label that’s spent nearly two decades working with some of the most innovative names in music, including Destroyer, Torres, and Centro-Matic.
On May 21st, 2021, Salvucci released her debut EP, a six-track recording that allows listeners to truly connect with her work as an artist, and her life outside of music.
More than just a passion she’s followed since childhood, Salvucci wants her music to serve as a catalyst for change. “This EP is about living through all the ups and downs, and it’s based on my personal experiences,” she said. “I want to use my music to draw attention to mental health awareness and social justice.”
Recorded with the production team at Mr. Smalls, the release is a small snapshot of some of the most important moments in Salvucci’s life. The release marks her reunion with the Smalls production team, as she previously worked on her debut single there, and attended a musical camp at the Pittsburgh industry staple. It was at the studio that she met her mentors, Liz Berlin and Phat Mandee, and she credits them, along with the instructors at the Afro American Music Institute in Homewood, as helping her to realize a future in music was a possibility.
A piano player, Salvucci writes all of her own material, and most recently, she added ukulele and guitar to her musical repertoire. Bringing all of these musical ideals together, she also takes her musical cues from artists including Fiona Apple, Florence + the Machine, Maggie Rogers, Declan McKenna, and Feist.