ST Sessions: Abby Simone overcame challenges to be a singer


Singer-songwriter Abby Simone started her professional singing career in 2014.
Singer-songwriter Abby Simone started her professional singing career in 2014. PHOTO: ST VIDEO

The path to becoming a singer and songwriter has not been easy for Abby Simone.

Even her mother does not support her foray into music, she admits in an episode of the fourth season of ST Sessions, The Straits Times' online video series featuring rising talents in the home-grown music scene. "For the longest time, I used to be really angry about it," the full-time musician says. "I used to hold grudges and I used to be so mad because I see everyone around me and their parents giving them full support.

"And then I realised that, you know, she has done so much for my family in terms of raising us and I sort of put that to one side."

Simone, who formerly taught at an autism school, started her professional singing career in 2014 and has been gigging at venues like the Esplanade as well as events like the United Nations Women's Gala.

Music has always been her passion, she says in the video filmed at Intermission Bar at The Projector, where she sings every second Friday of the month.

"There will come a point where you have to pay your bills, where you have to feed yourself. I'm going to be 28 and I think about my future, I'm going to get old.

"So it's not about giving up on your dreams because I feel like, naturally artists, or musicians, or people who are really passionate about what they do, they would never give up."

Influenced by genres ranging from hip-hop to R&B, she and her band MMLD are planning to release their debut album in September.

ST Sessions' fourth season is part of a series of digital video programmes produced in a partnership between the Info-communications Media Development Authority and Singapore Press Holdings.

Besides Simone, the season features seven other acts, including synthpop/alternative rock band Strangerfox and singer-songwriter Ffion.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2018, with the headline 'Overcoming challenges to be a singer'. Print Edition | Subscribe