'Meet Singer-Songwriter GALE

When GALE

wrote her first song at age seven, she thought she might be a superhero

Titled “Amor

Sincero,” the salsa track was dedicated to a boy who didn’t like her back

“When I

finished writing it, I was like, ‘Wait, did I just create something that didn’t

Expressing herself

through music came easily to the Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, who grew up surrounded by artistic

Her father

is also a musician — who, along with his band, performs at local events

“I was

always free to experiment,” says the 29-year-old, who’s written songs for artists such as

Even before

learning to perform professionally at Escuela Libre de Música, her father had been preparing

“He used

to make me perform every single time at every family reunion,” GALE says

“He would

tell me, ‘If this is what you want to do your whole life, you need

’ I was

like, ‘I just want to go play hide and seek with my cousins!’ But then

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