Dabalos possesses a unique mutability that complements the various styles she explores as a vocalist on the bandstand. Her voice is both powerful and luminescent: imbued with influence from legends Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson. Elements of soul, R&B, and popular music decorate her distinctive repertoire, as inspired by contemporary artists Stevie Wonder, Esperanza Spalding, and Lianne La Havas.
At a young age, Dabalos was inspired by the creative power of music while a student in the Alum Rock Jazz Program. Her love of singing led to classical studies and operatic training at Chapman University Conservatory of Music in Southern California.
Dabalos has been a featured artist at venues throughout the Bay Area, including City Lights Theater, Cafe Stritch, Studio Grand Oakland, Cafe Pink House, San Pedro Square Market, and the Continental Bar & Lounge. This performance features a collection of musicians, representing the vibrant, artistic community that has enriched the singer, songwriter, and bandleader’s musical upbringing.
Her most recent release, Affirmations (2015), premieres soulful, original compositions that showcase Dabalos exploring themes of self-love and emotional healing. Previous releases include Light (2014), an eclectic mixture of jazz-influenced covers, and Some Other Time, a 2011 collection of jazz standards. In addition to leading a project under her name, she currently fronts R&B and soul band The Vibrant Things, and lends her voice to John Worley’s Mo-Chi Quintet and The Bad Ones.