Get ready for Abbey Cone! At 16, she’s already charting songs, touring, and getting a lot of attention from the music industry! Her debut album, “Abbey”, is set to release later this month, and we can attest that it is definitely worth the purchase! She can write, she can play, and she can sing! She exudes a confidence on every track of the album, that relays the maturity of an industry veteran; you would never guess that the song your listening to was probably written between Algebra and Biology homework.
We caught up to with this Forth Worth native and asked her about her upcoming release, balancing school and performing, and her single, “Love Like Him Again”, that’s currently at #84 on the Texas Regional Radio Report!
Texas Music Pickers: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Abbey Cone: Well, I’m Abbey, as you already know haha. Some people call me “Abbey Cate.” I call Argyle, Texas home and if anyone from out of town asks I just say Fort Worth because argyle is just a blink of an eye town. I’ve been singing ever since I could talk, basically. I used to sing along to barney when I was little. I love to write and I think that’s where the love for song writing came into play in my early teen years, because it allows me to combine my love for words with my love of melodies. Non-music related, I love to travel and I dream of someday traveling the world, particularly Europe and meeting new people. I also love the lake, since Texas lakes are pretty much oceans right now I haven’t been on one in a while, but I love fishing and being on boats. I’m for sure a small town girl, always have been and always will be, but pursuing a career in music means bigger dreams and bigger places and that’s what I’m looking forward too.
TMP: Who do you describe as musical influences?
AC: I used to sit in my car seat in the back of my dad’s truck and sing every word to “Rolly Polly” by Bob Wills. I grew up singing on the Grape Vine Opry stage since I was 9, so the crowd there loved the old classics like Patsy Cline and Ray Price, so I’ve for sure got traditional country in my blood, but another love of mine is soul and R&B and I think the mixture of those two things make up my sound and show through in my music.
At 16, how tough is it to balance school, performing, writing, and having some sort of life?
If I had two words to sum it up they would be, “solid struggle.” I’m partially joking when I say that, but mostly not. It is very hard, especially when I’m trying to make school a priority but I have to get ready for a gig and that cuts into “school time” or I have a co-write in the morning, because the slightest bit I get behind downward spirals really fast. Transferring into online school after freshman year has been one of the toughest adjustments for me. Especially when I see all my friends making these big plans on a certain weekend and I know I can’t be there because I have a gig. I have fear of missing out sometimes, but I have to continually remind myself of the bigger picture and what is going to pay off in the long run. It’s all about maintaining balance, which is not my forte, but I just take things step by step.
TMP: Tell us about your upcoming album “Abbey”.
AC: I love this album with all my heart and I am so proud of it. I usually am not one to brag on myself or put myself up, but I truly am really excited about it and I think it represents me as an artist so well. “Abbey” is a very autobiographical album; I’d have to say. I can look at the names of every track and tell you who or what it is about and why I wrote it and that’s what I think is special. It really is been my story for the past year or so put to music and I know I’m not the only one that has felt like I felt in these songs, so my hope is that it connects with someone out there feeling the same way.
TMP: What are your plans for your album release?
AC: I think it would be super fun to have an album release party or show, I don’t think that is on the books but I would like that to happen. Also, getting it out too music bloggers and music reviewers is a big priority for us too, just to get the word out there to get people talking about it. I’m really looking forward to hearing people’s thoughts on it.
TMP: Can you give us some background on the new single, “Love Like Him Again”?
AC: Love Like Him Again is such a special song to me. I think this an all around great song because it’s so simple. The words and the melodies are simple and I think that’s what different about it. The melody sounds more melancholy, but if you really listen to the lyrics it has hopefulness to it. Finding new love is what this whole song is about and I think it can relate to a lot of people of all ages.
TMP:While we are super impressed with the whole album, the 3rd track: “This Aint Your Heartbreak” really caught our attention. Can you tell us about that track?
AC: “This Ain’t Your Heartbreak” is one of my top favorites, as well. Milo Deering wrote and played the fiddle and viola parts on the record, which I think really made it production wise. I actually wrote the first verse and the chorus by myself, but I think I used up all my capacity in the first half of it and then I just didn’t know where to go from there, so I took it to my co-writers and we finished it off. This song has so much emotion put into it. I was at a time in my life where I just didn’t want to be told how to feel, listen to what any one had to say even though I knew it was wrong, kind of an “it’s my party and I can cry if I want to” sort of thing. I think it’s a universal feeling expressed in this song and I know people can relate to that.
TMP: What’s your favorite thing to eat while out on the road?
AC: I’m actually a really healthy eater, I always have been. So, If I can manage to find a salad and fruit somewhere then I’ll always go that route or if all else fails I will hunt down a Chick-Fil-A and get a grilled chicken wrap, those are my life.
TMP: Is there another music industry professional that you look up to?
AC: You know, it sounds odd, but I’d have to say Taylor Swift and Beyoncé. They have built a brand and a complete empire from their work ethics, gifts and talents and are not only performers, but business women and that has always been a goal for me; to not only be a performer and a songwriter, but also to manage my business in a successful way and they are great role models career wise.
TMP: Can you share a funny story with us about something that has happened while out on the road or performing?
AC: To be honest, when I’m on the road I’m either working on school or sleeping. I swear it’s something about the road noise that puts me in a coma; I can sleep on the road like it’s my job. I don’t know if it’s funny or not, but I usually always wear some sort of heel on stage just because I’m pretty short and I like to have some height, but without a doubt about half way through the set, I’ll end up 4 inches shorter because I always put my sandals back on. I get way to confident in my ability to stand in heels for a long time and it always back fires.
TMP: What is the highlight of your career so far?
AC: The highlight of my career really has been this whole past year, so many cool things have happened, but for sure playing Larry Joe Taylor Fest. Even though I played the Acoustic Stage, the crowd was still partying and having a good time, which was awesome. I also sang with Josh Abbott on Friday night and back up for Charla Corn on Saturday and I really can’t even explain how amazing the whole weekend was. Now I know what they mean when they say, “you can’t say no to Larry Joe.”
TMP: What is on the horizon for Abbey Cone?
AC: I think just working to spread the word and get my name out there; more shows, continuing to work on writing great music and building a fan base. I want to meet as many new faces and play as many new places as possible and take it step by step.
TMP: Is there anything else you’d like your fans to know?
AC: I want them to know that I appreciate them and I’m so grateful for all the love. Ultimately on this whole journey it will never be about me letting them into my world, it will always be about them letting me into theirs through my music and that is my goal. I don’t want them to just be fans; I want them to be friend. So much love to everyone who has ever bought or listened to my music, tell a friend and I can’t thank you enough.
Check out Abbey’s debut single, “Love Like Him Again” below!
Abbey Cone’s journey into the music industry is reflected with the release of her self-titled acoustic album, ABBEY. As a writer on 15 of the tracks, Abbey’s heart, faith and artistry shine through.
Growing up as the baby of a rodeo family in Forth Worth, Texas, Abbey found her place in the arena by singing the National Anthem before watching her siblings compete. Since the age of nine, she’s been performing with and learning from great mentors at the legendary Grapevine Opry.
When Abbey was 12 she penned her first original song, “I’ll See You,” about a close school friend that passed away. Since then, there’s been no stopping the now 16- year old singer-songwriter. Abbey continues to hone her craft by regularly writing with cowriters in Texas and Nashville. Wise beyond her years, Abbey recognizes the role of a singer in bringing a powerful song to its full potential.
Abbey often performs in the Texas area and is a frequent guest on Justin Frazell’s Texas Dirt Roads Radio Show, where she recently got the opportunity to perform “Oh, Tonight” with Josh Abbott, one of her favorite Texas country artists. Robert Gallagher at Billy Bob’s Texas said of her performance there, “I haven’t seen anyone that accomplished and with that kind of stage presence since LeAnn Rimes performed here when she was 15 or 16 years old.”
Perhaps it is Abbey’s dedication to pursuing a higher purpose with her musical gifts that distinguishes her from her peers. Her talent and showmanship are undeniable, but not the only focus of Abbey’s drive to get her music heard. “Ultimately, on this journey, it’s not about me letting you into my world; it’s about you letting me into yours through my music,” Abbey says.
Abbey released her first single, “Love Like Him Again,” to Texas radio in March of 2015 and will be touring the Texas Fairs and Festivals Circuit this summer and fall. ABBEY is available on iTunes and AbbeyCone.com.
Music addict, a sucker for heartbreak songs, and avid Houston sports fan! I’am also the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers.