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Gabriel Rios

Gabriel Rios

"Gabriel Rios" (born 1978) is a musician, born and raised in Puerto Rico.

As a child Rios was member of a church choir, and his father taught him to play the guitar. After finishing high school in 1996 he moved to Ghent (Belgium) to live with his girlfriend, whom he had met while she was on holiday in Puerto Rico. For a short time he also lived in Los Angeles. In Ghent he joined the art academy; eventually deciding on becoming a professional singer/songwriter, although still being interested in painting.

Rios started the band ''The Nothing Bastards'', and a few years later the more Latin inspired ''L. Santo. Alas!''. His debut solo album, titled ''Ghostboy'', was released in 2004, followed by his live album ''En vivo'' one year later. He has garnered considerable solo success in Belgium, even being chosen "Best Belgian Singer" by readers of the Flemish weekly ''Humo'' in 2006.

His music is a mix of different styles: rock, punk, hip hop, and salsa.

His song ''Broad Daylight'' was used by the late Dutch film director Theo van Gogh in the film ''06/05'' (concerning the assassination of Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn).

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