Hope D. Gatling is a Newport News native and a Heritage High School & Norfolk State University Alum. Since earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Media, Hope has become an independent artist, owner of a music label (Dream Lyrics Music LLC) and Founder & CEO of Beautiful Girl.
Hope's accomplishments stem from her first original song, “Attached”, written for her high school contest. “Attached" won Hope first place and best original composition category in the contest. Not long after her contest winnings, Hope was afforded the opportunity to record the original jazz song with elite musicians, to include world-renowned drummer John Blackwell, drummer to Prince and Patti Labelle. The success of “Attached” solidified Hope’s gift for writing music and she continued to enhance her writing abilities with tunes such as, “His Guitar” and “The Man for Me”, which became a radio hit in the UK.
Hope delivers music from her heart as an extraordinary vocalist with a gospel, jazz, sweet and sultry sound. Her unique vocal style has earned her nicknames such as “The Vocal Smoothie” and “Baby Ella”. Hope’s musical talents opened doors for her to perform as the opening act for Gospel artists like Lee Williams, William Murphy, and Richard Smallwood. She has also sung background vocals for Neo-Soul artists, Lina Loi, Choklate Moore and Gospel’s “Story Teller”, Dorothy Norwood. Hope’s music can also be heard on the Coast to Coast mix tape Volume 3 singing “A Story of A Girl “ and IHeartRadio where her station is popular with jazz and neo-soul listeners.
Hope is half owner of Dream Lyrics Music LLC where she writes commercial jingles and music for up and coming artists. Hope is the founder, CEO and visionary behind Beautiful Girl. The company has recently launched a unique shimmer and vegan lip-gloss line, available online at www.beautifulgirlbyhope.com. Celebrities such as Princess Love (Love and Hip-Hip Reality Star), Brittany Perry Russell (Glee), NiaKay and Supa Peach (Jermaine Dupree’s, The Rap Game) and Anatalia Villaranda and Hannah Brookes Sanders (The Voice and American Idol contestants) have all raved about Beautiful Girl lip gloss! Beautiful Girl by Hope is not just a lip gloss but a personal mission to spread the message of true beauty & self-worth. It’s a movement designed to mentor young girls and women of all ages from all over the world by helping them build their self-esteem and fulfill their purpose. “I believe God allowed me to go through the things I went through to help other women get through”-Hope D. Gatling.
Hope’s future endeavors include continuing her music and songwriting, mentoring young girls and building her brand. As 'Beautiful Girl by Hope' lip gloss line continues to rapidly grow, Hope plans to expand her product and someday see it in stores nationwide.