Abby Simone’s singles ‘Walking Away’ and ‘Same Sunrise’ have seen the singer-songwriter gain early support from The Line of Best Fit, DORK, Wonderland, tmrw, NOTION and 1883 Magazine. Abby now continues that upward trajectory by sharing her third single ‘For Once’. Listen HERE.

Leaning into the sensuality of R&B with the physical release of crossover dance-pop, ‘For Once’ finds Abby Simone taking us onto the dancefloor. But as uplifting as it is, it comes from a very different headspace to the usual party-starting anthems. The track sees her asserting herself as being in charge of her emotions, while finding a post-breakup release amidst the sweaty, frantic energy of clubs across Europe and Singapore. Abby wrote ‘For Once’ with her regular collaborator and producer CUURLEY.

Abby says, “I had to learn how to be alone. I would go clubbing alone. Just to remind myself that I can do this. I just ignored the judgement of being alone, got on the dance floor, closed my eyes – and this is how it felt.”

The three songs are all set to feature on Abby’s upcoming debut EP, a collection which feels somewhere between Jorja Smith’s brooding R&B and Dua Lipa’s powerhouse pop.

There’s always been an undercurrent of rebellion and self-determination throughout Abby’s story. Growing up in Singapore, she would sneakily listen to music forbidden by her Christian parents with the empowerment of Destiny’s Child being particularly enthralling. When she first started performing, the local music industry demanded that she sexualised her image, so she chopped her hair into a pixie crop and wore sleeveless tank tops until people booked her for her voice – or not at all. And then she fronted a jazz/soul/funk party band, but really wanted to explore her vision, which presented complex and often melancholy emotions via a contemporary sound and her elegant, soul-searing voice.

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