Some singers need to be surrounded by a variety of equipment to move people, but this powerful artist simply needs an audience. She is one of those rare songbirds that effortlessly stimulate sensual, soulful and raw emotions using just her vocal instrument, a voice that you don’t just hear…you feel it.
Abby Dobson, vocals
Other musicians, TBA
Having been influenced by the likes of legendary soul powerhouses such as Donny Hathaway, Bill Withers, Whitney Houston, and Aretha Franklin, Abby is not your typical artist who tries to woo a crowd with technical acrobatics or lyrical clichés, but instead captures a crowd using enthralling melodies and emotionally charged words brought to life by the ache and honey in her voice. Devoted to her craft, Abby has studied classical voice since Junior High school. But it was the introduction to Billie Holiday and Hathaway that taught Abby how to draw people inside her in such a way that you feel her essence. Abby’s music is heart music. Her sound is the alchemy of soul, folk, jazz, blues, gospel, R&B, country and pop. And, her songwriting is emotional as it is soothing. In a word, Abby Dobson is mesmerizing.
Abby has performed throughout New York City performing to rave reviews at well-known venues like S.O.B’s, The Knitting Factory, The Cutting Room, Joe’s Pub, and the legendary Blue Note. This performer has three times been a featured singer/songwriter at the New York Songwriter’s Circle, performed on BET’s 106 & Park, was a finalist in the R&B category of the 2001 John Lennon Song Writing Competition for her song “Deeply”, which has also been featured on television (“The Shield”), performed in 98.7 KissFM sponsored shows at the South Street Seaport, and was hailed by 98.7 KissFM as a “rising superstar”. Abby also won the BMI Atlanta 2002 Urban Music Showcase. You can hear Abby Dobson lending her vocals to “Get By” from Talib Kweli’s album “Quality” (Rawkus/MCA). Abby Dobson also won the 2003 Absolut Jam R&B Competition held at Zanzibar in Washington, DC. Abby and her band were Northeast Regional Champions and National Finalists in the 2003 SoulCityCafe Music Quest competition sponsored by Jewel (Atlantic Records) and Soulcitycafe.com (www.SoulCityCafe.com). Abby and her Band have also opened for Kindred (Hidden Beach), Javier (Capitol), Leela James, Dwele, Rahsaan Patterson, Chrisette Michele and Floetry. Abby’s song “Unconditionally” received an Honorable Mention Award in the 2003 USA Songwriting Competition Lyrics Category.
Abby Dobson has also sung backgrounds for several touring recording artists, including Talib Kweli and Urban Mystic. Abby’s music can be found on two compilations both available on iTunes: “The Rooftop” and “While U Wait”. Abby also currently performs with Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber, a New York-based, twenty-plus member ensemble known for improvisatory orchestral performances that mash up all manner of vocal, instrumental, and electronic music. The group is led by founder and conductor Greg Tate. Abby is also currently finishing up recording for her debut independent project slated for release in Spring 2008. This recording project, tentatively titled, “Sleeping Beauty: You Are the One You have Been Waiting On, is recorded live to analog tape and features some of the best musicians in the country.
Abby is constantly busy sharing her timeless voice and giving back, which is why she volunteered to direct a gospel choir, became an advocate for youth and community organizations using her talent as a tool of inspiration and hope, performed in neighborhood choruses, churches and a host of other social engagements, including lending her poignant lyrics and melodies to various fundraising events for the Bronx Community College Upward Bound program, Better Youth.org, Lifebeat’s Heart & Voices, Brothers & Sisters, and the Ronald McDonald House for children with Cancer.
Abby is no assembly line artist. No gimmicks. No studio manufactured antics. She is to soulful music an innovative and compelling force, a tender voice bringing people together…bringing you joy… through the gift of song.