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Black Gryph0n (real name Gabriel C. Brown) is a YouTube musician and voice actor who first got his start writing fan songs for the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic community. His first few songs "Proud to Be a Brony" and "Crusader (Are We There Yet?) ", as well as his appearances in AC Racebest's series "Bronies React" made him a household name in the brony fandom. He's also done work as a male background vocalist for MLP, and is close friends with several of the show's cast members.

In 2014, he began producing and releasing his own music, often in collaboration with his brother Nathanael (a.k.a Baasik) or Michelle Creber, the voice of Applebloom.

Around late 2016 and early 2017 he started to grow in popularity outside the brony fandom by doing impressions of various singers and characters the most popular of which is his "One Guy 54 Voices" video which has amassed over 120 million views.

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His Twitter can be found here and his YouTube channel can be found here.

Discography

  • Faster Than You Know (Single) (2013)
  • I Mmortal (2014)
  • Fighting Back (Single) (2015)
  • Getting Stronger (2016)
  • Promise (Single) (2017)
  • Who You Are (Single) (2017)
  • Magic (Single) (2018)
  • Diamond (2019)
  • I Don't Need Your Love (Single) (2020)
  • I Think I Like It (Single) (2021)
  • Insane (Single) (2021)note 
  • Heaven 2 Hell (Single) (2021)note 

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Black Gryph0n and his music exhibit examples of these tropes:

  • Autotune: Averted in his covers and singer impressions.
  • Badass Baritone: He's a natural. Diving into this register gives him a fuller tone and a ratpack-style flavor to his voice. Both the original and especially the remix version of "Proud To Be A Brony" displays this well.
  • Band of Relatives: Played straight, as Gabe and Nate actually had a band when they were kids named "Just Passing Through". Taken even further with their whole family releasing music under the name "Family Plan".
  • Beautiful Singing Voice: When Gabe puts his heart into a song especially if it's an emotional one, he is a dead ringer. This song in particular really displays it.
  • Be Yourself: "Say" has this as its underlying message.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: "Here We Are" is centered around the pivotal moment where the Cutie Mark Crusaders finally got their cutie marks, fulfilling their destinies and achieving their long fought for dreams.
    • "Faster Than You Know" could also be considered.
  • Crossdresser: Happens when he copies female singers.
  • Cover Version: Naturally, as a singer on Youtube.
  • Friendship Song: "Friend to Me".
  • Glamorous Wartime Singer: Inverted for obvious reasons. He was the lead singer for the Orient Express in the 7th Fleet Band.
  • Gosh Dangit To Heck: Does not swear in his videos or in real life and he tries to censor any profanity he comes across or anything that even references sex or substances.
  • Helium Speech: Barnaby from Billie Bust-Up.
  • Incredibly Long Note: When Gabe reaches the climax or final chorus in a song, expect to hear him belt out the high note in this manner. If not, "Academy", "Fighting Back", and "Better" are good examples.
  • Instant Costume Change: His gimmick when he does singing impressions, complete with props.
  • Insult Backfire: In "Heaven 2 Hell", Charlie angrily tells Alastor to "go to Hell" when he passive aggressively insults her, and Alastor points out that he's already there.
  • In the Style of...: "Voyage" and "Timberpond" parodies the style of Journey and Justin Timberlake respectively.
  • Large Ham: On and off screen, he can go really wacky with mannerisms and facial expressions on par with the likes of Jim Carrey.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: His most popular content is his voice impressions and he does all kinds of them.
  • Mildly Military: He may not look like it, but Gabe is a Navy veteran and has qualified in SEAL training.
  • Non-Singing Voice: He is the singing voice of Alastor from Hazbin Hotel while Edward Bosco is the speaking voice.
  • Performance Anxiety: The protagonists of "Nervous" spend most of the song detailing their respective stage fright and fears of messing up, only to rally by the end and realize that they still love performing, even if it is nerve-wracking.
    I could run away right now and leave it all
    Yet I choose to stay and suddenly recall
    That I love the lights, the crowd, the stage tonight
    If I just calm down I know I'll be alright
    Though I hear my name called and I'm terrified
    When the countdown ends that's when I feel alive!
  • Pep-Talk Song: "Better" is one, in which the singer encourages the listener and tells them that no matter how bad things might get, there's always a chance for a better tomorrow.
  • Renaissance Man: voice actor, musician, Navy veteran, animator, PPG pilot, builder of rockets, sky diver, SCUBA diver, photographer, editor, sings in over 10 languages. You want it, he's got it.
  • Sampling: On himself with the final track of Diamond, "I Mmortalized" where every song from I Mmortal is sampled.
  • Tenor Boy: Despite admitting being more of a baritone, he can hit high notes very effectively especially in "Here We Are", "Promise", and this cover of Livin' On A Prayer.
  • Those Two Guys: Him and his brother Nate or Baasik as well as Michelle Creber. Could also apply with RoomieOfficial as many do compare them with each other.
  • Title Track: "I Mmortal", "Diamond" and "Getting Stronger".
  • Villain Song:
    • "Getting Stronger" is one for King Sombra, Queen Chrysalis, and Lord Tirek. The song features the malevolent trio warning the heroes that they'll be back for revenge sooner than expected, and not to enjoy their freedom for too long.
    • "Insane" is one for Alastor, detailing his arrival in Hell and the start of his reign of terror.
  • Wanderlust Song: "Wander", naturally.
  • You Are Not Alone: A lot of Gabe's songs have this message, most notably "Say", "So Far Away", and "Better".
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