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Meet Rebecca Gurnee of GoldieLove in East Hollywood – Little Armenia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Gurnee.

Rebecca, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve enjoyed singing since I was very young. I have a vivid memory of performing “The Sign” by Ace of Base for my family at the age of three or four. Fast forward to high school: I wanted my extracurricular to be woodworking or auto shop my freshmen year. My mom and aunt had a different plan for me, as those classes were mainly taken by senior boys, they were scared I would become their prey. My extracurricular got changed to the choir and I begrudgingly went along. I now thank them. I sing harmonies with ease and found one of my best friends, Nicole Fitzgerald because of their decision.

Just last year, I released my first single “Mellow Out” in collaboration with my brother Austin Gurnee, PH3N1X and Alex Tirheimer. I have collaborated on a number of music projects: D-Wayne’s album “Hope”, Riley Hodges’ “Coming Home” and “Maybelline”, sang harmonies for Taylor Crawford, Joshua Fox and many others. With all the experience gained in the past few years, I have to tell you I would not be able to do this alone. It takes a village of skilled creatives and I am lucky to be surrounded by so many talented people.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve had many setbacks over the years, mainly self-inflicted. My biggest obstacle has always been myself, getting wrapped up in distractions or excuses. I took a long hiatus from college and music due to terrible life choices and a general lack of confidence. I also tend to put all my effort into helping others, with no energy left to focus on myself. It’s easier to look at the faults of someone else and offer a hand, then to put in the work growing ourselves. It came to a point where I had to take a good look at what I was doing. Four years ago, I decided to stop tormenting myself and give my passion a real shot. I am still working on changing certain behaviors, but I am light years away from where I was a decade ago. I’m not perfect, but as Fred Rogers said: “Some days, doing ‘the best we can’ may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn’t perfect on any front-and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else.”

Please tell us about your art.
GoldieLove is the singer/songwriter project I launched in 2015. I am known for having a soulful tone and honest lyrics. Always up for collaborating with like-minded musicians, in R&B, Funk, NeoSoul or Pop genres.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I performed “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry in my seventh grade talent show. My band/choir teacher loved my audition so much that I was the closing act. Unfortunately, because of that, the tape in the video camera ran out so there is no record of how bad-ass I was. The next day, I thought we were going to perform for the school during lunch, as they did the year before. I got all decked out in my 70’s outfit and by the 3rd period, I realized the school does the lunch performance every other year. I was so embarrassed at first and then decided I’d lean into the persona. It was a blast.

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Ren D’Anelli, logo artwork by Edry Hilario

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