STUNNING Drogheda singer Gabriella Marsella is being hailed as the new queen of R&B and pop after signing a deal to record her debut album in London.
Gabriella (20) will spend the next few months travelling over to the English capital to work with top producer Laurence 'Woo' Allen, aka Mr Woo.
A slot on RTE's Fame School last year inspired the young singer to progress her career even further and she was signed up by Steve Keleghan's So Management Agency, who were impressed by both her vocals and dancing.
She began her musical career at 11 and had her initial break in 2003 when she performed in the Liberty Hall Christmas panto Jack and the Beanstalk alongside actor George MacMahon.
Her album is likely to catapult Gabriella into the limelight as Mr Woo has worked with artists including B2K, Craig David, Cam'ron, Ja Rule and Big Brovaz.
Earlier this year Gabriella performed in front of 200 VIP guests including footballers John Aldridge, Keith Gillespie, Jason McAteer, Irish boxer Bernard Dunne and Dublin GAA player Bernard Brogan at the John Aldridge Legends XI –vs-Darndale FC Gala Dinner in aid of Autism Ireland, which was hosted by Alan Keegan, the voice of Old Trafford.
She proved a real hit with the crowd, including Kevin Whelan, CEO of Irish Autism Action.
As well as preparing songs for the album, Gabriella is also writing for it with a team from the UK and New York and Danny Cummins, former member of Irish Band 'Fifth Avenue' who had hits with songs, such as 'Spanish Eyes' and 'Sometimes When We Touch'.