Abi Farrell is an independent soul artist from Oxford & based in London who was raised on a female-driven musical intake including Aretha Franklin, Eva Cassidy, Carole King & Chaka Khan. Abi has blended soulful vocals and soaring melodies since she was 8 years old, when she found her older brother’s copy of Christina Aguilera’s seminal album ‘Stripped’ and quickly found her own voice.
Described by South London live music experience 'Soul Stripped Sessions' as 'a powerhouse and then some', Abi and her band have performed on many stages such as London's Camden Assembly, The Spice of Life, The Bedford in Balham and Notting Hill Arts Club. Her debut EP, 'The Only Way I Learn', was released on 8 November 2019 and spreads the message that daring to pursue what we love is the only way we will ever truly learn and grow.
To date it has amassed over 50,000 Spotify streams. Following its' release, Abi was named Richer Unsigned's Artist of the Week, in addition to receiving radio coverage and ongoing support from BBC Introducing in Oxford. Abi's writing and lyricism gets straight to the heart, and speaks honestly about developing strategies to overcome insecurity and self-doubt as a young woman in a digital world.
Headline show at Notting Hill Arts Club (May 2019), Appearances at The Spice of Life, The Bedford in Balham, Upstairs at L'Escargot private members' club, Soho. Supported soul artist Joel Culpepper at Camden Assembly in December 2017, Supported a gospel choir at The Jazz Cafe in September 2017. Appearances at Oxfordshire festivals Thame Town Music Festival, Towersey Festival (2019).
International appearances: Sofar Sounds Madrid (September 2019) and upcoming secret acoustic gig in Paris & likely further European dates in March 2019.
Chosen as Richer Unsigned's 'Artist of the Week', December 2019 "Abi’s control and vibrato of her incredible vocal tone is truly stunning, so it’s no surprise she’s an in-demand independent artist, with lyrics that range from empowerment, independence and dealing with anxiety."
Review of debut EP 'The Only Way I Learn' from London's leading soul music review Blog 'The House That Soul Built' "Abi Farrell has a singer-songwriter sensibility flecked with gospel and soul inflection, and a command of pop hooks.
Radio coverage of debut single Ivy (Piano Version) in August 2018, BBC Introducing in Oxford
Radio coverage of EP track 'Was It Ever Really Bitter?' in January 2019, BBC Introducing in Oxford