Abby Anderson was born to be on stage. The singer/songwriter has a smile that can light up any room, a personality as big as the state she hails from, and a voice that can captivate any audience.
"I think I came out of the womb knowing that I wanted to pursue music," Anderson laughs.
The songstress has had a passion for performing for as long as she can remember, all thanks to her music-loving family. Growing up in Dallas, Texas with six siblings in a house "full of music," many of the singer/songwriter's childhood memories involve singing and playing the piano.
"My earliest memory is my dad always singing so loud in church," she recalls. "I remember asking him, 'Dad why do you sing so loud? It's embarrassing.'"
"He looked at me very seriously and said, 'God gave me a gift and I'm gonna use it. If I'm gonna sing, I'm gonna sing loud.'"
"I'll always remember that," Anderson shares. "That's something I always try to do too. I believe God gave me a gift, and I just want to use it."
As she grew older, Anderson developed a love for country music and decided she was going to move to Nashville to chase her dreams. At the age of 14, she approached her father to reveal her plans to finish school early and move to Tennessee. Much to her surprise, he promised to support her decision 100 percent.
Three years later, Anderson and her mom packed up the car and drove to Nashville. With Elvis Presley, one of Abby's musical heroes playing through the speakers, the 17-year-old found herself in Music City and she's never looked back.
"I've always had that belief that I could do it, and that I will do it," she proclaims. "That's the kind of upbringing I had. There's no second option mentality. If you're going to do something, why plan for failure? Just go out there and do your best."
Anderson dove head first into the Nashville music scene where she spent a few years honing in on her craft. She soon found a home at Black River Entertainment, where she landed both a publishing and a record deal.
"The moment I walked in these doors, there was just a spirit here," she explains of Black River. "I felt like this is the place where I can carry out God's purpose for me."
Her debut EP, I'm Good, captures all sides of the vivacious 21-year-old's personality. Pulling from her musical influences like Linda Rondstat, Aretha Franklin, and The Judds, the five-song project exudes confidence and puts her soulful vocals on display. From the sassy title track, to the vulnerable "This Feeling," to the rollicking "Naked Truth," the project is a perfect introduction to the rising star.
The centerpiece of the EP is the poignant "Make Him Wait," the debut single Anderson co-wrote alongside Josh Kerr and Tom Douglas. The song shares a message of knowing your worth in a relationship which was inspired by lessons Anderson's father taught her about dating.
"It's a song about trusting your worth with someone worth your trust," she says.
Anderson had a hand in co-writing all but one of the tracks on the EP. When her label president played her "Dance Away My Broken Heart," written by industry vets Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett, Ashley Gorley, Rhett Akins, and Jesse Frasure, she immediately knew she had to cut it.
"I heard it right around the time I got my heart broken," she recalls. "I felt like they wrote that song for me. It was just perfect."
The EP has an underlying message of confidence sprinkled throughout, and that's something Anderson is extremely proud of.
"I'd say the most important thing to me is that whoever is listening to my music, no matter what your age is or what your gender is, that you feel more confident, that you love yourself more, and that you feel more love when you listen to it," she says.
Officially coming into the spotlight in 2018, Anderson has already garnered several impressive accolades from the country music community. She was named one of CMT's Next Women of Country and earned a slot on Pandora's "2018 Country Artists to Watch" list. Abby spent the majority of the year opening up for artists such as Russell Dickerson and Chase Rice and wrapped up her year on the road with Devin Dawson and Brett Eldredge on the fall leg of The Long Way Tour.
She's now ready to embark on the next chapter of her career. With her debut EP available now and her Grand Ole Opry debut still fresh on her mind, Anderson is thrilled to bring her energetic live show to fans everywhere.
"I just feel like the luckiest girl in the world," she says with a smile.
Media Contact: Dawn Delvo
Booking Agent: Kylen Sharpe (CAA)