Mabes has a lovely crooning vocal that leaves the listener sitting on the edge of their seat.
Mabes, an English singer/songwriter from Essex, first picked up the guitar aged 15 and started playing at venues in her hometown of Billericay.
Taking influences from artists like Laura Marling, John Mayer, Kasey Musgraves, Billy Joel, and Bon Iver, Mabes prides herself on her true, honest lyrics and folk-country sound.
With a strong desire to perform at a young age and after meticulously planned sitting room renditions of classic pop hits at the family home, a young Mabes was quickly whisked off to Sylvia Young’s Theatre School. Though surprisingly, Sylvia Young awoke in Mabes a desire not for the drama of the stage but rather the quiet, contemplative art of song writing. “I guess doing the singing lessons there I was always the one that preferred my own covers of music rather than the musical theatre focus of the school. So then I decided I wanted to play the guitar and I began writing songs in my bedroom”.
Like her hero Laura Marling, Mabel’s music is filled with a yearning for the English pastoral, road weary and melancholic but not without its challenges. “I love things that prick your ears up and are intriguing. Not sticking to basic time signatures and scales”.
Whilst juggling a job for a construction company, Mabes has been releasing her debut tracks in 2019. These are stripped back acoustics of delicate vocals and guitar picks; from the reflective lyrics of Gone andSaint to the gentle ambient pop of Free. An old soul in a next generation artist, Mabes has a talent of real song-writing and has humility abounding to go with it.
With the day job now part time, it’s clear she’s going places. Today Billericay, tomorrow the world.