Gabriel – The bassist that everyone actually likes.

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Greetings to my readers, it’s a pleasure to address you on this digital piece of paper. If you are reading this you are either an (in order of most to least probable) Oli K fan, lost on the Internet, or think that I am strikingly handsome and are reading up about me. Regardless, you are here so let me tell you a smidgen about what makes me, me.

Born and raised in Utah, i spent the majority of my childhood in Park City and Sandy. Truth be told, from a young age I absolutely loved sports and focused most of my energy towards basketball. Unfortunately, at my staggering height of 5’8 and weighing in at a whopping 150lbs, I do not believe that i was intended to be a world-class athlete, contrary to what I believed growing up. When I was about 10 years old my mother put me into piano lessons. I didn’t enjoy it very much if I am being honest, so I decided that I wanted to quit. To my mother’s credit she said that I could but only if I selected a different instrument to learn. I chose the violin and was enrolled in the school orchestra. That is where I met Kathy Morris, the orchestra conductor. She was able to instill in me a love for music that previously did not exist. She truly played a large part in the gift of music in my life, along side with my mother who was the gateway to this newfound love.

Equivalent expression of my own happiness when i found my fathers guitar

Guitar > Everything else… He gets it

It wasn’t until my freshman year in high school that I found my fathers electric guitar- a vintage baby blue fender mustang. This was the start of something new.

I continued playing the violin up through my freshman year of college, but the guitar had caught my attention and became an addiction. I would spend hours on end in my bedroom practicing all of my favorite songs. The first song I ever learned was Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield. There was something about hammering out power chords on that old guitar that just made my soul light up and fill with excitement. I was so in love with the guitar and the thought of performing for people one day that I would print off set lists of songs that I knew and perform them in front of the mirror in my bathroom. The first time I performed for anyone was at a small talent show at school. I played Hey Hey by Eric Clapton.img_3714

After finishing highschool, at the age of 19 I made the decision to serve as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Trying to sum up the experiences that I was blessed with and the people I met in a few short sentences is frankly impossible, but to put it simply, it shaped my life and who i am forever. Guatemala will always have a special place in my heart.

Upon returning, I began my studies at Brigham Young University. I decided to study business (even though I loved to write) because I felt that it would be a degree that would get me a good job one day. I quickly found that I was unhappy. I will never forget the day i met withimg_6458 my father and expressed my frustration with school. He told me that if I had to wake up everyday and do something that I did not enjoy just for the money that it would never buy the happiness that I was looking for in the end. So I switched my major to Communications with an emphasis in journalism and began doing what I loved- writing! I am now published in several online and print publications around the state of Utah and continue to write today and have been happy ever since, simply by doing what I love.

Zero photoshop - scouts honor

Zero photoshop – scouts honor

If i am not writing (for music or work) then I am usually on one of my atypical adventures. For your entertainment, I present to you my instagram account: @gabrielgledhill. If you look hard enough, I am taking a bath in 50 packs of top ramen (with the seasoning packets… chicken obviously) somewhere in there. Happy hunting.

So how the heck did I end up with the band? It’s actually quite interesting and slightly comical. The first member of the band I met was Oli back in 2012. He stumbled upon me performing at a restaurant in Provo, Utah, that was our first meeting. I met Jed that year as well when his older sister brought me home to meet the family. She is now married to someone else and Jed doesn’t remember that night, needless to say, I obviously didn’t make much of an impression on anyone. Derek and I worked together at a couple different marketing agencies in Utah Valley. We quickly got along as coworkers and friends. Derek was actually the one who suggest to Oli to bring me into the band family. So he called me up and asked me if I played bass guitar… one week later I bought my first bass guitar and nimg_5150ow they’re stuck with me.

The life, love and passions that i have today can all be traced back to my family. I am grateful to them for helping guide me in the direction that has lead me to where i am today. I believe that all things in life happen for a reason and at specific times for our benefit. Oli K in its entirety has been a blessing of both joy and strength in my life. It is said that you can look at a man’s closest friends and understand what type of person he is. I am proud to be associated with such high caliber men.

 

 

Sincerely,

Gabriel

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