Since New Music Friday is upon us one of our favorites out NOW is “The Risk” by newcomer Abigail Rose. Get to know the latest Nashville pop songstress in our Q&A with her.
Tell us about the inspiration for your single, “The Risk.”
I wrote this song when I first started to truly understand what it meant to be emotionally vulnerable with someone. For me the most terrifying part of a relationship is being naked emotionally, sharing all your thoughts, fears, and dreams. But we’ve all seen how the most valuable relationships require letting your guard down and when you do open up it can be the best feeling in the world, but you have to know that it comes with a risk.
You’re a Nashville native, but aren’t a country artist. How has Nashville influenced your pop sound?
I think a misconception a lot of people have about Nashville is that it’s only Country Music. Yes, of course Country Music is very popular here but there’s so much other great sounds coming out of Nashville as well. At the end of the day though, music is music, and this saturated music town influences me everyday, regardless of genre. The variety of shows you can go to on any given night, the writers and artist you’re constantly surrounded by and the history of the music industry that started here, have all shaped me into the artist I am.
What have you learned about being a pop artist in Nashville – the Country music capitol?
Endless possibilities. I’m excited to contribute to the potential that the pop industry in Nashville holds. It’s rapidly evolving and I want to be a part of that growth.
Who are your musical influences?
Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Etta James & Billy Joel are some of the iconic artist that influence me but recently Due Lipa, Halsey, Chet Faker, Tove Lo, & H.E.R are some of my current inspirations.
Which artist do you admire most and why?
I really admire Sheryl Crow. She inspired me to ask for a guitar when I was 10. I remember watching a live recording of her playing a show at The House of Blues in 1994 and I had a broom stick in my lap and was pretending to play the guitar with her. She plays multiple instruments, writes her own song, and has had a very successful and long career. I think I tend to gravitate toward artists who aren’t just great entertainers but master all aspects of being an artist.
6. If you could do a duet with anyone who would it be?
Ed Sheeran would for sure be at the top of my list. Mainly because he is an incredible singer & songwriter & I would love to write with him one day.
7. You’re a songwriter, so tell us what is one song you wish you had written and why?
I’ve been asked this before actually & it’s one of the toughest questions, since there’s so many amazing songs in the world. That being said I’ll go with the first one I thought of, Vienna by Billy Joel. Whenever I hear this song it takes me to a different place. I love the message behind the song…you have your whole life to live and don’t have to have everything figured out in your 20’s, which is a great reminder.
8. You have such great style. How do you pick your outfits? Who is your style inspiration?
Ahh thank you!! I pull inspiration from everything; old movies I watch, street style, social media. I really pay attention to what people are wearing where ever I go. I don’t think it’s really one person in particular, it’s a combination of everything, basically anyone who wears whatever they want & takes risks. I also love taking old pieces either from my mom or grandmother & making them my own.
Where do you see yourself, career-wise, in 10 years?
In 10 years I’ll be 31…I hope to have toured the world many times, put out multiple albums, and continuing to always make more music.
What’s one secret about you that fans don’t know?
I love love love traveling. I can never stay in one place too long or I’ll go stir crazy. The 3 tattoos I have are all related to places I’ve been and since my chosen career path includes traveling while touring, it works out well.