From The Pit Of Rejection To Center Stage At Coachella? Meet Gallant

Welcome back to Uncharted, an Uproxx original series highlighting the best artists you haven’t heard of, yet. With the support of our friends at Honda, we are following some of the best emerging talent as they follow their dreams and make great music.

How many times would you have to be told to give up before packing it in?

For Gallant, there’s no number high enough. The R&B singer has spent his entire musical career being told that he should try a different path, but the remarkably self-actualized musician from Columbia, Maryland, simply refused.

The way he looks at it, he has no other choice. For him, music isn’t so much an art form, as it’s a way to deal with his own personal issues. When we asked how he got started making music, he told us it was a way to express his emotions in a proper manner.

“I started singing in middle school because I was bored,” he said, “and it helped me to get out what I was feeling.”

His early work was hardly met with a warm welcome. Gallant’s friends razzed him ruthlessly about the emotional music he was recording in his bedroom. Even at a young age, the singer couldn’t muster up the ability to care what his friends thought.

“If you like to cook, if cooking fills you with a sense of freedom and all your friends call you a sissy, it could not matter less,” he said. “It exists in a world that’s outside of your friends. You aren’t cooking for them.”