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Fall River native eyes national singing state

By Deborah Allard
The Herald News / May 5, 2012
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SOMERSET, Mass.—Fall River has the infamous Lizzie Borden and famous chef Emeril Lagasse to call its own, and may soon be claiming a rock star among its famous citizens.

Gabbie Rae Trial, often called "the little girl with the big voice" is moving with her parents to Los Angeles, where she'll get her true shot at launching a national singing career.

Trial, 13, was born in Fall River. She's been singing professionally for half her life.

Trial was recently signed to Burke Stone Entertainment and has gained the interest of some big names in L.A.

"I'll be starting a new adventure," Trial said.

Trial spent the week in Somerset visiting with her grandparents Stan "Stas" and Annie Golembewski. For the past several years, she's lived in Atlanta and previously in Myrtle Beach.

Wearing a black fedora, ripped jeans and an animal print scarf, Trial looked the part of a young teen singer. Her manager has compared her to "Pink."

"I don't like to be compared to other artists," Trial said. "I want to be compared to me."

Since the age of 7, Trial has worked full-time. She has performed with Famous Amos of Whitesnake, Ronnie James Dio, among others, and was featured on The Tyra Banks Show as "One of the Most Talented Kids in the Country" under age 10.

As Trial goes from little girl to tween and teen, her voice has matured, too. To hear the girl sing, it's easy to mistake her mature voice for that of a 25 year old.

Trial, who sings everything from pop to jazz and show tunes to country, has been focusing her time on pop as of late. Some of her songs were released on a CD (nearly sold out). She has a song available on iTunes and many on YouTube.

Trial recently wrote "Don't Look Down," a sort of pop/country tune, as part of her anti-bullying campaign. She attended the Atlanta screening of "Bully," now playing in theaters.

To Trial, bullying is something to be taken very seriously. She said she often witnessed kids with special needs being bullied at her school and stood up for them, making her a target.

"I'm a victim of bullying myself," Trial said. "They get bullied more and they can't stand up for themselves."

Her anti-bullying campaign and song is intended especially for children with special needs. She said she is working with others to get the "Bully" movie into all schools.

Trial is now home-schooled to make more time for her budding career. It's a career that no one would have imagined.

Trial was born with an underdeveloped trachea and underwent two throat surgeries before she was 3 years old. For a time, she wasn't able to breathe and eat at the same time.

At 4 and 5 years old, Trial astonished her parents, Roger and Heidi Trial (also musicians who played locally) when she made herself a stage with a plastic container and began belting out show tunes. She started entering singing contests and won every one.

Over the years, she's had her own band and played in other bands, including Gabbie Rae and the Wow Factory, where she was the only child.

Recently, she gained the interest of Debby Ryan of "Jessie" on the Disney Channel, and was invited to a taping.

"She's helping to create my style," Trial said. "She's very intelligent."

Trial said she's been influenced by a wide variety of musicians, including Aretha Franklin, Sister Otis, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga.

Her mother, Heidi Trial, said she's been getting a lot of calls since their visit to L.A.

"Major producers have heard of her," Heidi Trial said. "We have people that want to shop her out. We're getting calls from labels."

Trial said she believes she will make it national one day. But, even if she doesn't, she said she plans to stay in the music business.

"My life is based around music," Trial said. "I'm not doing it just to be famous. I'm doing it because I love it."

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