Music is her love, but that doesn't mean that having so much success and drive so young hasn't been difficult for her. “I started home schooling after freshman year in high school and it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done emotionally and mentally,” Cone said. “I’ve lost friends because of my situation, but it’s also made me realize who my true friends are.”
It's easy to look at a current superstar that was in this exact place ten years ago this year and compare the two of them. And like that country-turned-pop superstar, Taylor Swift, Cone acknowledges that it's challenging sometimes to have so much success so young. “But music has always been a constant in my life,” Cone said, “and I’m grateful for that.”
“Although I’ve gotten to experience many special things at a young age, I think it’s made me very humble more than anything,” Cone said. “I’ve always been very in touch with the fact that I am so blessed to have been given my talent, so I would say it’s changed my life regarding making me a very humble person.”
And Cone has done some amazing things, such as being featured in Country Weekly magazine, signing with SNG Nashville, debuting at the Bluebird Cafe last December, and writing 15 of the 16 songs on her debut album. But her favorite thing so far in the country music industry has been meeting the people, who she calls “incredibly cool and talented. Whether an artist or not,” said Cone, “people in the music industry always have a good vibe about them.”
She herself is one of those cool and talented individuals in the industry. Her incredible debut record is representative of her country soul sound. “I love the country lyrics mixed with the rhythm and phrasing of R&B,” Cone said.
That fusion comes from her list of inspirations, which includes Chris Stapleton, Bonnie Raitt, Mariah Carey and Aretha Franklin. On her album, acoustic instrumentals and country twang meet a more soulful delivery and phrasing, best represented in “Southern Charm” and “This Ain't Your Heartbreak,” which she calls two songs most representative of her story and sound.
Songwriting is a big part of Cone as an artist, and on her album, she's the most proud of “Better Off A Memory” because she wrote it by herself. “I love them all,” she said speaking of the songs on her record, “but I wrote that song all by myself and it can sometimes be challenging for me to write alone so that song makes me proud of my writing.”
Although she's been working hard, she doesn't have any official release dates quite yet. But she is sure that when the music does come out it will be 100% representative of her. “I can say that when the next sounds do come out they will be the truest form of my artistry to date. I’m changing as a person everyday and along with that come changes in myself as an artist.”
Abbey Cone is a perfect representation of an artist that stays true to herself. She calls that one of the more important things you can do as an artist; and she succeeds in that.
"Being confident, but not conceited in your talent is vital and work ethic is everything,” Cone said. “When it comes to the business side of things, I’d say don’t get caught up in sparkly names and fancy suits, people can’t mistake talent, though the politics are inevitable, good music is undeniable.”
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