Abi Farrell is a London-based soul artist from Oxfordshire who was raised on a female-driven musical intake ranging from Aretha Franklin to Eva Cassidy to Chaka Khan. Her full-band debut EP 'The Only Way I Learn' was released in November 2019 and has amassed over 46,000 worldwide streams to date. On its release, Abi was named Richer Unsigned's 'Artist of The Week'. Her tracks 'Ivy' and 'Was It Ever Really Bitter?' have received support from BBC Introducing in Oxford.
Abi has blended soulful vocals and carefully crafted melodies since she was 8 years old, when she found her older brother’s copy of Christina Aguilera’s ‘Stripped’ and quickly found her own voice. While studying History at Birmingham University from 2012-2016, Abi spent her evenings performing on the city's live circuit and won an OpenMic UK award for ‘Best Original Song’ before moving to London in 2017. Abi wrote the majority of her debut EP whilst working in marketing at a major record label.
‘The Only Way I Learn’ EP, featuring the full-band version of ‘Ivy’, was recorded by Philip Marsden at Black Frog Studios not far from where Abi grew up in Thame, Oxfordshire. Abi and her band have performed London shows at the Spice of Life, Camden Assembly, The Bedford in Balham, and headlined Notting Hill Arts Club. In May 2019, a one-shot live church video of the EP title track ‘The Only Way I Learn’ amassed over 1,000 views in its first day of publication. In January 2020 following the EP release, Abi and her band played a sold-out show at Camden Chapel, London.
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