Gabe Greenwood ’16 is a singer-songwriter who is the PHS Choir president and a senior leader for Testostertones, PHS’s all-male non-choir-affiliated a capella group, for which he arranges various songs. His singing career began in sixth grade when he attended the American Boychoir School, Princeton. Gabe plans on entering a contemporary music program after high school.
What would you say you love most about singing?
I really enjoy singing with a group because I am a little extroverted when it comes to singing. I can feel other people’s energy when I’m around other singers. It’s great because I get to listen to them and myself and see if we sound good. When I get to sing solo or around town, which I don’t get to do as much as I get to do with band groups and Testostertones, I feel good as well. I have a space where I can express myself and show what I have to offer. It goes to show [that] the more performances you get to do, the better performer you’re going to be. I would say the more solo performances I get to do, the better I feel about myself as a performer.
How do you think music has changed your middle school and high school experiences?
Music has been extremely important for me, socially and academically. In sixth grade, I went to the American Boychoir School. Although I gained a lot of musical abilities there, I really didn’t fit in. So, I left after just that year to go to John Witherspoon Middle School. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to interact with kids and that I’d have trouble making friends, but then I started to sing for people. People started to notice that I had a pretty good voice and people appreciated me for that. It felt really great, because I could make friends and show them other interesting things about me. I had always feared that I would just be the kid that sings. I’ve been able to work around that and I think that the friends I’ve gained from doing music have been really vital. I am really proud to be where I am on this road I’ve taken with music. I don’t want to do anything else when I get older.
If you could give some advice to somebody who is young and wishes to follow in your footsteps musically, what would you tell them?
I’d tell them to stay in school, and if your school does not offer an arts program or music classes, then try and do private lessons or weekend classes. Music education is some thing that needs to be looked at more importantly by our country. It is what creates artists and social icons. If you want to follow in the footsteps of music, then the best thing to do is surround yourself with music. I know it’s corny, but follow your dreams.