The Virginian-Pilot

Best musical talent

September Foster and Gabrielle “Bri” Pinkney

You must hear these girls before you die. Period. They are as good as Whitney Houston in her heyday. Honorable mention goes to the highly energtic and entertaining K’bana Blaq and Blessing Leji. They get honorable mention only in deference to the children.

The Virginian-Pilot

Twelve-year-old Gabrielle "Bri" Pinkney of Virginia Beach not only modeled, but later brought the house down with a rousing rendition of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good." And her style was perfect in a black dress trimmed in pearls, created by Chesapeake native Dutch Douglas of Ric Lamar Clothing.

Beacon|The Virginian-Pilot

When Gabrielle Pinkney announced to her third-grade friends at Three Oaks Elementary that she would play the role of young Michael Jackson in an upcoming Hurrah Players' production, they were a little confused, she said.  "But you're a girl," they said.  "I've got rhythm and a lot of good moves," she replied.


The Flagship

There are many events that go into making Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana’s annual Air Show one of the most beloved military events in the country. Of all the organizers and performers you might see, there is one performance that when you attend, you’ll most likely hear rather than see. This performance is not only essential to beginning the day’s events but embodies the true spirit of the day; The singing of the National Anthem.

Gabrielle Pinkney, an upcoming Virginia Beach 10th grader, is one such performer. Pinkney, who is singing the national anthem for the air show a second consecutive year, eats, sleeps, and breathes singing. Her dedication to her art and professionalism shows in everything she has accomplished at such a young age.