By far our most famous member of the Listen & Be Heard community in Vallejo, CA is Gabi Wilson, a Vallejo native now known as H.E.R.. We first became acquainted with her, at the age of eight, as an already published poet who came to our open mics and participated in our poetry marathons.
A patron of our cafe called for her to appear on American Idol, not recognizing that she is already far beyond that type of presentation. Rare is the American Idol singer who also plays an instrument. Gabi plays several. The mass media is likely to see her as a novelty, a cute little girl who can play and sing. I see her as a gifted woman in the making, with vast potential to create, innovate and lead a new generation of artists.