A self-taught singer, guitarist, composer and songwriter who started playing at the age of 17 and draws influence from Elmore James, Laverne Baker, B.B. King, and many more musical greats, Madrid-based Gaby Jogeix is readying himself to release his fourth album Smile to the Clouds this month.
Ahead of the album’s release, the follow-up to 2021’s Grammy award-nominated offering Meanwhile In New Orleans, the singer-songwriter has shared his new single “Love Is On Fire.”
This rousing blues jam sees Gaby team up with Canadian soul artist Jordan John and provides the perfect appetizer for the new album. V13 are suitably excited to be part of this journey, premiering the single here:
Speaking about the single and how the collaboration with John came about, the Spaniard explains:
“I felt funky that morning, noodling with African guitar parts. And I was disgusted at watching how in Spain, my home, some councils were taking down the LGBTQ flag. Felt we were going backwards somehow, seeing rights being dismantled. I remember thinking that the day we would stop telling others who to love or how to behave, we would live in a better world, but let’s smile to hardships, and dance. Once the song was recorded, we thought of an airy, souly, funky voice, someone who could take it even higher, it had to be Jordan John.”
The new album Smile To The Clouds was written in collaboration with American musician Jeff Espinoza and produced by veteran Columbian / Spanish producer Juan Guevara.
Discussing the album, Gaby explains: “I started writing songs in a different way, more song-oriented, focusing on the message and especially my singing. It’s the first time in a long time that I don’t cut a record based on a trip to Los Angeles (Hermosa Beach) or New Orleans (Meanwhile In New Orleans), and I could work on the album straight from the beginning with Juan Guevara. Fatherhood, stories from travels, relationships, the death of my mother (who first made me listen to gospel and rock n roll, the war in Ukraine (I hosted a Ukrainian mom and her daughter at my place with my family for six months), being positive and sunshine and topics found on this album.”