Lasalle Gabriel is a Grammy and Stellar Award-Winning music producer, songwriter and world class guitarist, with 18 Top 40 songs and seven #1 singles on his resume. Gabriel entered negotiations with Prince to buy Paisley Park Studios, but when a deal ultimately could not be reached, Gabriel purchased the legendary Flyte Tyme Recording Studios for $2.7 million and then sold it to an investment group 5 hours later! Flyte Tyme Studios, widely considered one of the Top 10 studios in music history, was famous for recordings by Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Usher, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey and New Edition. After Gabriel’s complete renovation of the historic landmark, he divested his shares for $3 million. As a producer, songwriter and arranger, Gabriel holds chart positions in over 300 issues of Billboard Magazine, including 70 consecutive weeks in the Top 40 on 5 Billboard charts, simultaneously. Gabriel was the original guitarist of Sounds of Blackness from 1990-1998, on Perspective/A&M Records, and has been featured in the Washington Post, New York Times, L.A. Times, Billboard, Detroit Weekly, Radio & Records, Pioneer Press, and over 50 magazines worldwide.
LaSalle Gabriel’s 46-network television appearances, 40 US tours, and work on seven #1 hit songs, made him one of the Top 50 session guitarists in the music industry today. Gabriel has worked with Jamie Foxx, Charlie Wilson, Anita Baker, TLC, Barry White, Dallas Austin, Prince, DJ-Quik, The Gap Band, Johnny Gill, Ann Nesby, Sheila-E, Color Me Badd, Vesta Williams, Lo-Key, Karyn White, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Chante’ Moore, Carl Carlton, and Framework. He is a product endorsee of Gibson, Mesa Boogie, Marshall, Carvin, and Peavey Guitars. In 1997, Gabriel joined the elite circle of B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, and George Benson when AKAI announced the launch of the LaSalle Gabriel Signature Series Guitar in Europe and Asia, an honor too few Black guitar legends ever achieve!
Gabriel produced two songs on the #1 Billboard Blues Album from 2018 by Malina Moye 'Bad As I Wanna Be' (WCE/ SONY). Gabriel wrote and produced 'A Little Rough' which peaked at #29 on the Billboard Singles Chart and the Hendrix remake 'Foxy Lady.' Both tracks were recorded at the historic Capital Records Studios in L.A. www.MalinaMoye.com.
In the early 90s, LaSalle Gabriel was discovered by the legendary radio promoter Andre Morgan. The two financed LaSalle's first single 'The Room" on the Indie label framework. The 12-inch single sold over a million units worldwide launching Gabriel's music career overnight. Morgan would later leverage his incredible ties within the music industry to facilitate work opportunities for LG with Barry White, Vesta Williams, A Tribe Called Quest, and the upper brass at A&M Records.
Gabriel’s second start-up record label Studio Lexicon drew immediate success with Nashville artist Dean Justin whose 6 song EP ‘Carry the Flag’ sold over 200,000 CDs from Gabriel’s modest 1500sf recording studio in the heart of Minneapolis. 'Carry the Flag’ debuted on the Billboard Country Singles Chart at #8, crossing over to Pop at #28 before spending 11 weeks in the Billboard Top 5 Country Single chart. Co-written and produced by Gabriel, ‘Carry the Flag’ was a personal favorite of President Bush on Air-Force 1 and Aircraft carriers in the Middle East for U.S. troops serving in Iraq. Gabriel received commendations from President Bush, Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of the Navy. Gabriel now joins an elite group of only 4 African American producers to ever produce/write a Top 5 Country single in music history. (Lionel Ritchie, Charlie Pride, Babyface and LaSalle Gabriel).
The success of ‘Carry the Flag’ led to a 4-year multi-million-dollar distribution deal with Warner/Elektra/Atlantic. The maiden launch proved successful when Gabriel signed 3X Grammy Award winners, Sounds of Blackness and produced their quintessential comeback album entitled ‘UNITY,’ which entered the Billboard Gospel chart at #11 its first week, spent a staggering 56 weeks in the Top 40, and 77 weeks in the Hot 100 and later achieved crossover success on Billboard’s Hip Hop/R&B chart at #37. Gabriel received a Best Gospel Album Stellar Award for his songwriting and production on ‘UNITY’. Billboard Magazine’s Janine McAdams cited that ‘UNITY’ was as strong as the group’s early efforts with Jam and Lewis but also gave Sounds of Blackness a broader audience, bringing their career back center stage.
The tech savvy Gabriel soon shifted gears to land a $7 million strategic partnership with IBM, the first of its kind for an African American in IBM’s 100-year history. His billion-dollar corporate clientele includes work for Microsoft, NBC, and Time Warner. Gabriel has also produced and supervised post-production for movie projects at Paramount Television, Showtime, and STARZ, featuring Tyrese Gibson, Malik Yoba, and Vanessa Williams. In 2021, Gabriel co-produced the film ‘Life Ain’t Like the Movies’ directed by Robert Butler, starring Cynda Williams ‘Mo’ Betta Blues’, and Paul Bates, ‘Coming to America 2’. The film premiered in LA to rave reviews in 2022 and after overwhelming response at several film festivals abroad, Butler Inked a deal with Hulu and Peacock. Gabriel will co-produce Butler's next film starting Patti LaBelle and Neyo. The film is scheduled for release in 2023. Certainly, no stranger to television Gabriel worked as a songwriter for NBC's ‘Days of our Lives’. His 46 television appearances include The Tonight Show, Soul Train, The Kennedy Center, Arsenio Hall, MTV, and BET. Gabriel was also a media and education technology consultant for Governor Arne Carlson, Governor Scott McCallum, Governor Roy Barnes, U.S. Senator Norm Coleman, State Senator Ted Mondale, and Attorney General Skip Humphrey.