Abby's sound is the alchemy of soul, folk, jazz, gospel, R&B, country, rock and pop, forging a gem that erases musical boundaries. Abby has performed throughout New York City to rave reviews at S.O.B’s, Joe's Pub, Bitter End, Village Underground and Blue Note. Abby and her Band have opened for Kindred, Leela James, Ledisi, Dwele, Rahsaan Patterson, Chrisette Michele and Robin Thicke. Recently, Abby won BlackPlanet's Soul Beach Music Festival's First Annual Competition in 2009 and was featured in GIANT Magazine's September 2009 issue as an artist to watch. Abby Dobson has also sung backgrounds for several recording artists, including Talib Kweli and John Legend. Abby was born in Kingston, Jamaica and moved to Brooklyn, NY at 7 yrs old. Her early recollections of music are of country and reggae songs she sang from the radio as a child, and her aunt shushing the family at the dinner table to listen. Though no one in her family was a professional musician, she learned later that her father courted her mother crooning Nat “King” Cole tunes. She sang leads in church choir with her cousins by her side as young as 9, studied classical voice and (briefly) piano in junior high, found herself giving recitals of arias and Great American Songbook Standards as the only child among adults at her high school music teacher’s private gatherings, and continued her singing studies through college and beyond. Abby was drawn like a magnet to the powerful vocal persuasions of Sarah Vaughan, Whitney Houston, Anita Baker and Donny Hathaway while inspired by the introspective acoustic leaning writings of Tracy Chapman, Dolly Parton, and Bob Marley. Abby attended Williams College in Massachusetts majoring in History/Political Science. Abby dipped hit he underground circuit singing cover songs at open mic nights. She began writing her own songs as a better way to get a record deal.
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