Relive Gallant's Rise to Fame in Short Documentary Film
Come Grammy night, R&B newcomer Gallant will have to contend with the likes of Rihanna and Beyoncé in order to take home the 2017 prize for Best Urban Contemporary Album, but the dark horse vocalist has more going for him than some might expect. Since releasing his debut album, Ology, Gallant has assembled an impressive stable of supporters, from music icons like Seal to industry heavyweights like Beats 1 Creative Director, Zane Lowe.
Bolstered by the success of his single, "Weight in Gold," Gallant’s distinct falsetto and cerebral lyricism quickly transformed him into one of R&B’s much-watch artists, and he’s been gaining momentum ever since. “It doesn’t surprise me that we’re here talking about him 18 months after 'Weight in Gold' first showed up,” says Lowe, the first industry titan to endorse the young singer-songwriter. “How often do you hear voices like that?”
And Lowe’s stamp of approval is only the beginning.
As an extension of The Patch House program – which gives emerging artists a place to stay and record while touring, courtesy of Sour Patch Kids – some of Gallant’s most notable allies came together in a short documentary film to recount and celebrate his meteoric rise.
The film, which features candid interviews from Quincy Jones, Michael B. Jordan, and Adrian Younge, explores Gallant’s unique brand of artistry within the R&B space and details how early struggles shaped his now-promising career. Also included are moments from a November 2016 panel – hosted by The Patch and NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music – during which Seal and Gallant discussed the value of authenticity in music, as well as Gallant’s supporters weighing in on the future of his career.
“Gallant’s story is just beginning,” says Lowe. “I can’t wait to find out what he decides is his defining album.”
Whether a Grammy victory cements Ology as that “defining album” or not, Gallant claims his work will always be about the emotional journey. “There is just no equation for success,” he explains. “To limit yourself in any way is damaging to one’s own personal goal or individual story. Whatever’s inside is definitely meant to be shared, no matter what it is."
Watch “Gallant: A Legend in the Making” below: