As a girl, she sang publicly in front of her father's church. Local churches soon began calling her for Sunday mornings, banquets and special events. During High School, Abbot sang in choirs and for weddings.
In 1997, vocal coach Elaine Overholt saw Abbot singing and introduced her to Juno-nominated singer-songwriter Blaise Pascal. Abbot began singing back-up vocals for Pascal and opening for bands like Our Lady Peace and Tom Cochrane. However, it wasn't until Abbot moved outside Toronto that she began to write her own music.
In 2002, Bec recorded a three-song EP, which was noticed by Roy Salmond, who went on to produce Abbot's independent album Shine Like Stars in 2003, which received a Juno nomination. In late 2005 Abbotreleased her second album Not So Hip.