Abigail Neilson is an upcoming country / pop artist we will definitely hear more about in the years to come because she has everything needed to become a star.
She is not only gifted with a beautiful voice, but she also has a great talent for songwriting. All of this can be experienced by listening to her new singe "Ruby" that will be released on the 8th of May.
Read more about Abigail Neilson in this exclusive interview with The Country Startpage below.
Why country music ?
~ Country music is the genre that tells the best stories. Being a songwriter, I feel like my biggest strength is being able to share stories. I grew up listening to country music, some of my favorites being Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift (of course). I feel like country music creates such a genuine feeling that has so much heart behind it all.
If everything would be possible (waking the dead included) , which two people should sing the ultimate country duet?
~ I think Kacey Musgraves and Maren Morris would be such a cool team. Both of their writing and voices are just so incredibly amazing in their own ways. They both bring something different to the table with the common ground of country music, so them writing and singing a song together would just blow my mind away.
Did you consider delaying the launch of your new single because of the
corona crisis and can you give us your considerations?
~ I did and I actually released it later than planned. I had it scheduled to be released in early April, and with everything happened I decided to push it to May 8th. But I think everything happens for a reason, and people seem very excited for this song to be released!
Who would you like to write a song for you?
~ I don’t know if I’d ever want to have a song be mine that I didn’t at least co-write. I love sharing stories, and when I release music, I wanted it to be my own personal stories because that’s what my supporters seem to really love. But some of my dream co-writers would be Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris, and Stevie Nicks.
What is the one thing that readers/fans would be surprised to know about you?
~ Maybe that I’m very inspired by Twenty One Pilots. Tyler Josephs lyrics are so interesting and so well said. Their sound is very different than mine, and their genres ranges from alternative hip hop, to electropop, to rap rock compared to myself being just Country/Pop and heartland rock. But for me, I’m drawn to words and stories and their lyrics are just so incredible.
Give us one country song you never want to hear on radio anymore and tell us why.
~ I’d have to say “Country Girl (Shake it for me)” because it doesn’t represent any of the country girls I know very well, and I don’t like the message that it sends.
What is the question interviewers never seem to ask you and...you wish they would?
~ “What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?” When I had first started out in music at 13 years old, I had a mentor tell me to always be writing. Whether it’s good, bad, long, short, one line, a novel, etc; just always be getting your ideas and stories out. This has helped me learn how I write and work the best creatively.
Describe the ultimate recording studio
~ Probably in a big building, with a big space that’d act as a “live room.” There’d be every single instrument available to use and there would be comfy furniture to sit in while writing, charting, or just for when there’s any thinking going on. I think studios should feel like a second home cause they’re one of the places in an artists’ life where you are showing off all of your vulnerability.
Johnny or June ?
~ For sure June. She was a strong, independent women even with Johnny by her side.
Are you still nervous before going on stage and if so, do you use any "rituals" to calm you nerves.
~ I don’t think I get nervous anymore. I started off dancing ballet and have been performing since I was 4 years old, so being on stage feels so natural for me. But I do have things I do before shows like practice talking. I’m not good talking on stage at all, it’s my biggest weakness. So, I practice how I’ll introduce myself and transitioning from song to song so I’m not up there saying “this next song” after ever single song.
How would you describe your upcoming single "Ruby" in only 5 words?
~ Heartwarming, nostalgic, emotional, optimistic, and reassuring.