Gabe Schillman was born in Flint, MI 1981 to a split home. His mother struggled with drug abuse and alcoholism, often leaving him and his sister alone or with strangers for long periods of time. Gabe would say his sister, at age 5, raised him. After a frustrating custody battle, Gabe’s father moved to the west side of the state to start a new family. After realizing she was in no position to care for children, Gabe’s mother abandoned him and his sister at their father’s house in Rockford, MI.
Gabe Schillman showed an early interest in drawing and his grandmother encouraged this interest by enrolling him in prestigious art schools and summer art programs. Gabe excelled in the arts and had the opportunity to attend a “music exploration” class at Interlochen Center for the Arts, where he was introduced to a number of different musical instruments. This opened up a new area of creativity and Gabe soon found himself drawn strongly to creating music, starting his first band at 15. The band quickly became a local and regional favorite and they recorded their first EP in Grand Rapids, MI at School House Records. The EP was produced by legendary producer and musician Barry Blair of the Christian rock band ‘Audio Adrenaline’. The success of these recordings provided the band a tremendous amount of opportunity to open for many big names in music at the time. Nashville, TN took notice and offered Gabe Schillman an opportunity to develop as an artist in the most robust music scene in the world.
Nashville provided Gabe with record label support to record a full length album. Gabe took his newly assembled band to legendary recording studio, Studio 7, where long time rocker, Chuck Goff produced the self titled album “Sparkster”. This album provided Gabe Schillman and his band the opportunity to hit the road playing shows all over the country with the tour support of Cruzan Rum, Miller Lite, Dean Guitars and more. With songs featured in T.V. commercials for high end fashion as well as promos for Nascar, Gabe and his band played in front of countless fans on the most unique stages as well as headlining smaller clubs on the side.
The demands of the industry and time on the road caused irreparable strife at home and Gabe decided to take a break and focus on his developing family. To maintain his creative side, Gabe wrote and published several books to critical acclaim. Additionally, Gabe opened a very popular art studio in Newaygo, MI. that featured a gallery and working studio space. Taking up portrait painting in oil, Gabe excelled once more in the arts. The studio quickly grew along with Gabe’s reputation as a quality artist. His work has been featured in museums, galleries, businesses, and homes across the country. At his studio, he also began teaching guitar, writing, and full band lessons. As music crept back into his life in a big way, local venues and radio stations began requesting interviews and performances.
Drawing from life and its complexities at the time, Gabe began writing songs and posting videos to social media where the viewership soared along with his popularity. Soon Gabe was back in the studio with rising star producer, Dave Elwert, to record an EP of 5 of his most recent songs. With the recording complete and a team of the most amazing people behind him, Gabe has set out on what is sure to be an exciting next chapter of his life. More to come….