Abby Dobson (American musician)

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Born and raised in Australia

Abby Dobson is a singer, songwriter, and performer based in New York City. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Abby migrated to Brooklyn, New York at a young age.

Abby's music is described as soulful and organic. Although her music can technically be categorized as alternative R&B, soul or neo-soul, her range of influences come from folk-tinged music such as reggae, country, blues, gospel as well as pop, soft rock, jazz and a touch of hip hop. She has also been classically trained as a vocalist since Junior High School. Abby has a great passion for words and books and is a Williams College graduate. Much of her lyrics are inspired by books, essays and newspaper articles as much as life and observation. Specifically, she has been deeply influenced by Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, J. California Cooper, Paulo Cuelo, Emily Dickinson, James Baldwin and Patricia Williams. Abby has established herself primarily as a solo artist, but also performs with Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber[1], a New York–based twenty-plus member ensemble led by Greg Tate (Village Voice) known for improvisatory orchestral performances that mash up all manner of vocal, instrumental and electronic music.[citation needed]

Music credits[edit]

Abby's credits include working with established artists such as Kanye West and Talib Kweli.[citation needed] Her background vocals were featured on Kweli's 2004 release entitled "Quality," on the single 'Get By,' which was produced by Kanye West.[citation needed] She also toured with Kweli throughout North America and Europe in 2005.[citation needed] Other artists Abby has either recorded or performed with include John Legend, Consequence, Jaguar Wright, Jazzyfatnastees, Dwele, Urban Mystic, Shawn Kane [2], Ledisi, Kindred The Family Soul [3], Chrisette Michele and Leela James.[citation needed]

Abby also released an EP titled, "Soul Stories" in 2004, and is currently recording her official independent debut album to be released on October 5, 2010.[needs update][citation needed] This recording project, titled, “Sleeping Beauty: You Are the One You Have Been Waiting On," is recorded live to analog tape primarily at the legendary studio, Sear Sound.[citation needed] The album features many accomplished recording, touring and session musicians including: Shelton Garner, Christian Ver Halen, Robert Glasper, Nate Jones, Wes Mingus, Gerald Menke, Marvin Sewell, Lonnie Plaxico, Lafayette Harris Jr. and Mary Wooten.[citation needed]


Apart from her solo work, Abby has collaborated with Christian Ver Halen and H20 Productions.[citation needed] She is a featured vocalist/songwriter on "The Rooftop: A Live Shot" and "While U Wait".[citation needed]


Abby performs frequently in New York City and the Northeast. She has been featured many times in the showcase Black Lily Jam Sessions [4], known for breaking raw & rootsy once-underground artists. She has performed at both contemporary and music venues such as:
SOBs [5][citation needed]
The Blue Note[citation needed]
The Cutting Room [6][citation needed]
Nuyorican Poets Café[citation needed]
Sugar Bar [7][citation needed]
The Village Underground [8]
The Williamsburg Music Center [9]
The Knitting Factory
Joe’s Pub [10][citation needed]
The Bitter End
Symphony Space[citation needed]
Jimmy’s Uptown[citation needed]
South Street Seaport[citation needed]

TV licensing credits[edit]

Her song "Deeply" has been featured on TV shows such as “The Shield”[11] on the FX Channel, “Any Day Now”[12] on the Lifetime Network, and “Jack & Jill”[13] on the WB Network.


Aside from books and authors, Abby cites such musicians as Donny Hathaway, Bill Withers, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Tracy Chapman, Bob Marley, Barbara Hendricks, Jessye Norman, Leontyne Price, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Barbra Streisand, Donna Summer, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Anita Baker, Alison Krauss, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Public Enemy to have influenced her as an artist.


Abby has an extensive history of receiving awards and honors for her musical talents.[citation needed]

In 1996, Abby won the infamous Amateur Night competition on Showtime at the Apollo.[citation needed]

In 2001, she won the E.A.R.S. Talent Competition [14], as well as the BMI Atlanta 2002 Urban Music Showcase [15].

In 2003, she received a Billboard Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention [16] in the Lyrics category for her song,“Unconditionally.”[citation needed] She also won the Absolute Jam R&B competition held at Zanzibar. She was a National Finalists of the SoulCityCafe Music Quest competition [17] sponsored by pop artist Jewel (Atlantic Records) and

In 2005, Abby received the ASCAP R&B Songwriting award for her song titled, “4 The Love.”[citation needed]

Community relations[edit]

Abby has performed for various fund raising events for the Bronx Community College Upward Bound program, Music of Choice for Youth Benefit Performance, Better Youth [18] organization, LifeBeat’s [19] Heart and Voices, the Ronald McDonald House for Children with Cancer foundation, and the L.E.S. Girls Club.[citation needed]