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Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Attended SHINE: Summer 2010
Gabbie Rae has been called the “Little Girl with the Big Voice,” but her musical journey almost never happened. Born with an under-developed trachea and diagnosed with Trachea laryngeal Malacia at 3 days old, she would have to undergo two major throat operations in the first three years of her life. The first procedure, at 1 month old, triggered a very difficult time for Gabbie Rae and her family, as it was almost impossible for her to eat and breathe at the same time. At the age of 3 she underwent her second surgery, but this time the recovery was different. Although she was encouraged by her parents and doctor’s to take it easy, Gabbie had a gift that could not be contained. Her parents marveled as she recovered as if nothing was ever wrong. Her doctors were impressed with how well she was recovering, and everyone was in shock when she opened up to sing. She had been given the voice of an angel.
Inspired by the sound of her voice and the challenges she had overcome, Gabbie Rae entered her first singing competition at the age of 6. The voice, the performance, and her presence on stage blew the competition and the judges away, and she was awarded the grand prize. Since that first performance, Gabbie Rae has won every competition that she has entered, including The 2007 Grand Strand Junior Icon and The Hard Rock Cafe’s Lead Singer Wanted competitions. After numerous wins on the amateur scene and being called “Grand Strand’s very own child star” by GS Magazine, Gabbie Rae was encouraged to pursue professional endeavors for her talent. Her parents, also musicians, supported her and the journey to sharing her amazing gift with others took off.
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