Gaby Cotter grew up in a very musical family that supported and encouraged her abilities since a very young age. This multi-talent artist has been raced in Los Algarrobos a small town in Chiriquí Province, Panamá. Her mother taught her how to play the guitar when Gaby was 14 years old since then, she never stopped performing and composing.
In 2007, began his formal music education at Universidad Autónoma de Chiriquí, standing out quickly for her charisma and interpretative strength. Her first vocal mentor, Wanda Castillo, invite her to be part of the prestigious polyphonic choir "A Viva Voz". Was in this particular group the place when Gaby discovered her love for Choral Music.
Later, she will continue her music degree at the Universidad de Panamá, founding in this place the opportunity to experiment in multiple artistic fields, such as Poetry, Theater, Dance, and Painting
Besides her performances, during this years, the love Gaby has for choral music just grew more and more, being part of very stylistically diverse choral groups. Like Boca Chiusa Choir singing traditional songs from Panama, Brazil, Angola, and Peru, arrangements made by its conductor, Elcio de Sa; Bach Foundation, a group aimed at recreating the vocal music of the composer Johann Sebastian Bach, directed by the Panamanian pianist Leonardo Durham, they presented in Panama the premiere of the Passion of Christ according to Saint Mathew for the first time in Spanish. She participated as a director of the chamber choir of the Faculty of Fine Arts receiving classes from the German Kerstin Behnke, Berliner Cappella director. Cotter was part of the Voce Opera quartet, with whom they recorded the National Anthem of Panama in collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Música Viva Choir. With this quartet, she also performed as part of the Andrea Bocelli’s Choir during his first concert in Panama. She worked as Assistant Director of the Choir of the Universidad de Panamá and created the Experimental Music Student Choir.
In 2013 she get a degree in Fine Arts with a specialty in Music, Summa Cum Laude. During these years, Cotter has continued her musical path emphasizing not only in her soloist career but also in her other passion: teaching. Among her most important works during this time is her participation in Fundación FELARO. María Eugenia Arosemena de Feliu founded an association to teach music to children of limited resources on risk of exclusion at the community of El Valle de Antón, in the province of Coclé, Panamá. Cotter worked as a vocal teacher and choir conductor from the begining of the project and for the next 3 years.
In 2015, she got married to the Panamanian flutist Melvin Lam, with whom she merged musically, resulting in her first live album: Gaby Cotter and In-Groove Project. Mixing genres such as Jazz, Bolero, Son and Bossa Nova, in a fresh proposal able to satisfy the tastes of the most demanding listeners of each genre. The same year, Gaby won a scholarship at Berklee College of Music to become a full-time student. In September 2016, Cotter moved with her husband to Boston, MA to start her studies at Berklee.
As recent performances, Gaby has sung as a Lead Singer at "THE SHOW", concert produced by Rob Lewis (arranger and producer for Christina Aguilera, Diddy, and many more). She also sang at the last concert from the series "Un Lago de Conciertos" in The City of Arts and Science in Valencia, Spain. The Rhythms of Lorca Concert by The Mediterranean Institute with the well-known Spanish cajón player Israel "El Piraña" Suarez at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston. Gaby also has been part of the cast of the sold-out musical “In The Heights”. Sang as one of the Soloists of Divas Latinas Showcase. During the Latin American Vive Music Festival, she got the opportunity to perform in a special arrangement for the Venezuelan song “El Catire” from Aldemaro Romero, and the original song "Dame Dame" from the Colombian Composer and Producer, Javier Cuello.
In the last 10 years, Gaby has shared the stage with important names from the worldwide music scene such as Aida Cuevas, Sonia Olla e Ismael Fernandez, Victor "Vitín" Paz, Ariacne Trujillo, Huevito Lobatón, El Piraña Suarez, John Benitez, Andrea Bocelli, among others. Cotter's mentors include Wanda Castillo, Daniela Schächter, Lisa Thorson, Maggie Scott, Jeannie Gagne, and Viktorija Pilatovic as voice teachers. Also, she had the privilege to learn from musicians like Kevin Harris, Jackson Schultz, Daniel Ian Smith, Bob Pilkington, Rebecca Cline, Colin Sapp, Fernando Brandao, and many more.
After her graduation from Berklee, Cotter is teaching Online Voice lessons. In addition, she is working on her first studio album "Volver A Empezar", and simultaneously, recording with her band The Timba Messengers, a Cuban Salsa album. Gaby is currently living with her husband in Boston, MA