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Art & Life with Abigail Kim

Today we’d like to introduce you to Abigail Kim.

Abigail, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I am a 21-year-old Korean-American R&B/Pop artist and vocalist with mixed heritage from South Korea, drawing inspiration from my duality in identity and striving to reflect that quality in my music and performances. I grew up singing in church since I was little, and have since continued my path to pursue my passion for songwriting and performance. I’m incredibly determined and driven to share my story, and it has led me to study and experience music in Boston, which has given me endless opportunities to meet and connect with a variety of creative individuals. I am currently and actively the front-woman of an original Alternative R&B/Pop band based in Boston, called ‘ÁBI’ after my own name, and the band comprises of seven musicians from all different backgrounds. I have had the privilege and honor of working with them since 2016 to write and create music that comes from the innermost honest and authentic place in my heart, and they have become my second family over all the stories we’ve shared in the last couple of years. With my passion for the arts, I will endlessly strive to represent the beauty of multi-cultured artists and individuals all around the world.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am actively a singer-songwriter. I compose, write, and arrange original music, and always write based on real-life experiences. I put out an album last year, titled, [Songs About Someone I Loved], which is a concept album of pieces I wrote over the course of two years inspired by all the emotions one could possibly feel when ‘involved’ with someone– love, lust, jealousy, disappointment, heartbreak, resentment… But more recently, I’ve been challenging myself to reveal more parts of my identity. My first step towards this was a single I released in December of 2018, called [Purple Shampoo], which was inspired by an incident I experienced where a guy led me on just for me to later find out that he had been seeing a blonde friend of mine behind my back. I am happy to share that I am currently working on a few different projects that I am hoping to release in the upcoming months, such as a concept EP and a second album with my band, along with a few other single releases I have had the opportunity to work on with a couple of different individuals. Like I mentioned briefly in my ‘about me,’ I genuinely want to share and represent the beauty of multicultured and multiethnic individuals and artists around the world and am hoping that I can eventually lead that army into the next generation of artists who will collectively breakthrough the current societal standards of the music industry.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities, and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Get a part-time job you aren’t going to hate, and is kind of related to your line of work. For example, I started out working for Urban Outfitters as a Women’s Department Team Leader because I have an interest in fashion. That led me to work with the district merchandiser who encouraged my modeling path which opened up a lot of other creative doors. I now work at AllSaints as a Stylist, but am also a signed model to House of Amparo, and am able to exercise my creativity while also having the opportunity to constantly meet other artists who I wouldn’t have otherwise come across!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have a website, and of course most social media! And the Spotify link below will lead you to my album, where you’ll be able to locate my artist page and my other songs (single releases) too!

Website link: abimusic.us

Facebook: www.facebook.com/abikimmusic

Instagram: www.instagram.com/abigailkim_

Twitter: www.twitter.com/abigailkim_

Spotify Album: bit.ly/songsaboutsomeoneiloved

You can also find all of my releases on: Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon Prime Music, Google Play, etc.

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Image Credit:
Jimmy Page
Boss Lelanapaparn
Elizabeth Pitchkhadze
Yongwoo Park

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