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by Ismene Ormonde

"I hope people find some comfort in this song", the Singaporean singer-songwriter promises of new track 'Same Sunrise'.

Abby Simone is always looking to the horizon. The Singaporean singer-songwriter exudes positivity and warmth – a regular ray of sunshine. Despite the obstacles she encountered in her upbringing – raised in a strict household in which pop music was prohibited and her only musical outlet was singing in church – ABBY remains upbeat and soulful… in more ways than one.

Like the sun, Abby combines strength with radiance. Whether that was during her teenage rebellion, in which she covertly listened to the pop music which would inspire her sound, or while refusing to strike the sexualised image which bookers in the Singaporean music scene demanded. And now, debuting with her first single, ‘Same Sunrise’, she’s combining emotional vulnerability with empowerment.

If ‘Same Sunrise’ is our first taste of what we can expect from Abby Simone, then we’re expecting great things to come. The jazz-tinged, soul pop single is a sweet, gentle paean to long-distance relationships, inspired by a text Abby received when she was travelling to see a loved one. Like Abby, the song radiates both charisma and depth, a striking combination that we can’t get enough of.  Reminiscent of Arlo Parks or Jorja Smith at their most laid back, ‘Same Sunrise’ is garnering new fans across the globe, and we can’t wait to see which new horizons Abby aims for next. Join us in conversation with Abby Simone, unpacking her new single, the future of music, and finding joy in the little things.

Congrats on ‘SAME SUNRISE’! Talk us through what inspired you to create it…

THANK YOU!  Long distance relationships, Being apart from everyone you love and how beautiful the feeling of reuniting again feels. I remember landing somewhere in europe and then I got the sweetest text “We finally see the Same Sunrise”.

What message do you hope people take away from it?

I moved half a continent away from home. Everytime I fly back to see my family, they age just a little bit more and I feel like I’ve missed all the months I wasn’t by their side. It is not easy at all and I know it can get quite lonely sometimes. I hope people find some comfort in this song. And the mightiest virtual hug to anyone who needs one right now. You got this.

How do you feel like your music has evolved so far?

I’m more confident in expressing my ideas instead of hiding behind my imposter syndrome and I think that has helped to define a certain stylistic approach to my tunes. I’ve also learnt to take breaks from time to time. That brain recharge truly helps to keep my ideas fresh

What do you envision the future of music to look like?

A  J.A.R.V.I.S (Avengers) version of Logic Pro. Musicians who have rightfully earned this app will only create songs that literally heal anyone of any ailments/diseases.

What is one change you’d love to make to the industry?

I’ve only just been a part of this huge world and I’m learning every day. So far I’ve only met the kindest producers and I’m also grateful that there is a tremendous amount of respect for each other within my team. I do hope that this continues and that more people start sharing similar experiences.

If you could collaborate with any musician in the future, who would it be and why?

JUNGLE. (I’ve always said N.E.R.D and then i realised i cried like a baby at my first ever jungle concert a few months ago). When I first heard Busy earnin’, my goosebumps had goosebumps.

Where would be your dream venue to play?

GLASTONBURY.  (just typing this out made my palms sweat)

Who are you betting on for future stardom?

YUSSEF DAYES. His “Love is the message” video just gets me, every single time.

Where do you hope to be in the next year?

To have released my EP/TWO EPs & start doing live shows. I miss performing with a band!

The next 5 years?

If that J.A.R.V.I.S app idea does happen, someone is gonna try and open up a sinister portal with their song and snap the fingers or something. I’m really not sure what is going to happen after.

Press play on Abby Simone’s ‘Same Sunrise’ below now.

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