Grammy-Nominated Artist and DC Native Gallant Talks About How He Got Started In Music

DC born, Columbia raised Grammy-nominated singer Gallant talks with WHUR’s EZ Street backstage following his performance onstage at WHUR’s first “Sounds Like Washington LIVE” event. He spoke about his influences from growing up on DC radio and a love of R&B which have helped him to create his upcoming album set to release this fall.

Gallant says he grew up listening to a heavy amount of R&B which he says helped find his musical influences in Brandy, Toni Braxton, Usher, etc. He started singing at the young age of 13 as his way of connecting to those around him.

“I was a quiet kid so I took up music as a way of communicating with people.”

Gallant claims his untitled forthcoming album will be much different from his most recent album, Ology. Ology, which released in 2016, was an instant hit and earned him a 2017 Grammy nomination for best Urban Contemporary Album. The singer says he wishes he could leave this new work self-titled, but the fans will have to wait and see.

If you weren’t able to make it to our first “Sounds Like Washington LIVE” event, no worries. This is the first of many more to come. The “Sounds Like Washington LIVE” music series will bring the artists you know and love to an intimate stage to perform the live music you want to hear. Stay tuned for more information on what’s to come!

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