- Passionate independent artist Angelo “gelo” Bernales performs on the streets to inspire people to keep going
- He always brings two things in every performance: his set of inspiring songs and his inspiring story
- But he always have one intention each time: to sav
epeople, including himself
Performing on the streets for quite a while now, passionate independent artist Angelo “gelo;” Bernales continues to inspire and encourage his audience – whether it’s a big crowd or simply a group of few passersby — to keep going no matter what.
“The dream of inspiring people started in senior high school…when I wrote my first song,” the young musician told Kicker Daily News in a one-on-one interview.
Introducing himself as “gelo;” (or “gelo with a semicolon” when you pronounce it), the 19-year-old independent artist and busker always brings two things on the streets: his set of inspiring songs and his inspiring story.
gelo;’s inspiring songs
Inspired by the semicolon movem
ent, the young man added a semicolon to his stage name and began creating inspiration.
“My stage name emphasizes that it has a semicolon (gelo;). I got it from the ‘semicolon movement’, a movement on m
ent al h ealth that pushes people to keep on going in lif e. In the streets or in gigs, it’s what I want to leave whenever I step on the stage, I want to sav e people when they stop and listen to my music,” he shared.
To note, as explained by late Project Semicolon founder Amy Bleuel, “A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your lif
gelo;’s inspiring story
It was in October 2018 when “gelo;” started his journey as a busker; getting inspiration from one of his mentors.
“I first performed in the streets on October 1, 2018. It was something I really planned to do. It was because I saw my mentor online, Martin Riggs, doing it,” he disclosed.
At the same time, he also need to have an extra income for his school requirements then.
“I was br0k
e. We had a production for school at the time and I didn’t want to be my father’s bu rd en,” he shared.
Fast forward, until now, he continues to write a note on the cardboard.
And it’s a reality, after all. Artists have expenses, too. Artists have bills to pay, as well.
Right now, “gelo;” uses his love for music to give hope to listeners and to help himself surviv
e, as well.
And as he brings two things — his set of inspiring songs and his inspiring story — each time he performs, he only has one special intention: to sav
e people, including himself.