Gabriel Eduardo "Gabe" Saporta (born October 11, 1979) is a Uruguayan-born Jewish American musician. He is the lead singer and primary creative force behind the band Cobra Starship. He was previously the lead singer, bassist, and lyricist for the punk band Midtown.

Cobra Starship is signed to the Decaydance record label. The band Cobra Starship released their second album ¡Viva La Cobra! on October 23, 2007. Their third album, Hot Mess, was released on August 11, 2009, and debuted at #4 on Billboard 200 albums chart with sales of more than 42,000.

Early life

Gabe Saporta was born in Montevideo, Uruguay to Diego and Jeanette. Saporta is Jewish and attended the Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union in West Orange, New Jersey.[1][2] He grew up in Springfield Township, Union County, New Jersey.[3] By the age of 8, he found music as a sense of escape. He found a love for jazz and country music and later discovered an affinity towards punk and hardcore rock, such as Nirvana.[4] He and his friends considered forming a band and performing locally. The concerts grew in popularity in his small town, until about five hundred people would attend each week. Saporta then joined another band, Humble Beginnings.[5]

Saporta attended Rutgers University.


Saporta was lead singer and bassist of the seminal pop-punk band Midtown. However, the group split, and Saporta began Cobra Starship.

In 2006, Saporta and William Beckett (singer of The Academy Is...), Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, and Maja Ivarsson of The Sounds appeared on Cobra Starship's first notable single, "Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)", and later appeared in a music video for the song. The song was featured on the soundtrack of the movie Snakes on a Plane and played during the closing credits of the film. This is featured on the album While The City Sleeps, We Rule The Streets.

The official line-up of Cobra Starship, originally the touring band, is Alex Suarez, Victoria Asher, Nate Novarro, and Ryland Blackinton. Victoria Asher replaced the group's original keytarist, Elisa Schwartz.

Their second album,¡Viva La Cobra!, was released on October 23, 2007. The album includes the hit song Guilty Pleasure (the video budget was spent on a sports car for the group so they made a 'home edition' video)

The third Cobra Starship studio album, titled Hot Mess, was released on August 11, 2009. The album includes the band's hit song "Good Girls Go Bad," which also features vocals by Gossip Girl actress Leighton Meester, which was released digitally on May 11, 2009

On October 21, 2009, Gabe Saporta and Cobra Starship took their first trip in a private jet,[6] which the group Twittered about enthusiastically. The private jet trip was to Bloomington, Indiana, to attend a charity concert event at Indiana University, which also featured DJ Girl Talk. The event, Victoria's Secret PINK Nation B-Town Bash, took place on October 22, 2009, and benefited Middle Way House, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence. Indiana University students competed against five other institutions during the summer to host the event, which raised $5,000 for Middle Way House.[7]

Personal life

Saporta is a vegetarian and an active member of People for the Ethical treatment of Animals (PETA).[8]

Gabe submitted his face for the "Faces Of Mars" event for 30 Seconds to Mars, and is now featured on one of the many different album covers of their latest release, This Is War.


  3. Lustig, Jay. "Cobra Starship flies with 'Snakes on a Plane'.", The Star-Ledger, December 15, 2006. "With his new band, Cobra Starship, former Springfield resident Gabe Saporta was able to get one of his songs accepted for the soundtrack of the movie Snakes on a Plane."
  8. The 2008 World's Sexiest Vegetarians Are... // Out There // peta2

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