Get To Know The Artist: Abby Dallas: The ReggaeRockstar
August 19, 2021
In this blog, I am taking a different approach concerning the previous ones. In the previous blogs, I have talked about different music genres, styles, and elements. But in this one, I plan to introduce myself, so you guys can get to know me. I hope you guys will be with me until the end.
The reader, “But I wanted to ask the questions.” Me, “OK, let’s go then.”
Who are you? Where are you from?
My name is Abby Dallas, and I am a Reggae artist, although I sing Dancehall and Hiphop albums. I am originally from Kingston, but my family shifted to Portmore. I completed my schooling at the Bridge Port High School. From a young age, I loved singing, and I understood its influence.
My environment, family, and friends played a crucial role in it. However, my Church and the events organized and sponsored by the School and Jamaica Cultural Development Commission were the main motivators.
What was your childhood like?
I and my family listened to different music styles, and gospel music was our go-to choice. Gospel music has a touch of heart and soul to it, which influenced me to my deepest core.
My mother was a standup person, and I still look up to her every day. She’s amazing, and always has a smile on her face, even when she’s struggling to provide for us, her family.
How did you join the music industry?
It’s an interesting question, here’s how. I always knew that music would be my calling, and my career graph has proven me right. After completing my schooling, I attended the Edna Manley College of Performing and Visual Arts on a scholarship. Here is where I learned how to improve my skills, and technical expertise, and it launched me towards this industry.
What was your experience on stage for the first time? Were you nervous?
I sang Saw, and yes, I was nervous. But my jitters went away when I started singing. I think it is a common thing among artists, and I still get nervous before performing a song.
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Do you write your songs? What are some of your songs?
Yes, I do write these songs, for my singles and albums. I have also written songs while I partnered up with other artists as well. Here are some of your songs:
- From My Heart
- Your Love
- He’s Not Just Into You
- Houses Mouse
- Destined for Love
- 12 Months of Summer
- Poppy Show
- Ride It
- No Woman No Cry
- Black is the Color of My Skin
- Rude Boy Loving
- Wuk me Good
- Bad For You
- This Feeling
- Side Man
- Caribbean Wine
- One and Only
- Bam Bam
- Over You
- Bratta Loving
- As Long As you Stay
Some of these are Reggae music songs & some belong to other genres.
What are your achievements?
Well, I received acclaim from both fans and critics (thanks to them all), and these are some titles I have been awarded with:
- Most Outstanding Soloist (2005)
- Best Female Pop Singer (2005)
- Most Outstanding Junior Vocalist (2005)
What are your goals for the future? What do you have to say to your audience?
My audience has showered me with praises and respect, and I am forever grateful to it. I tried many genres and then decided to stick with Reggae, Dancehall, Jazz, R&B, and HipHop, though I might venture out soon. If I do, you will be the first one to know.
Also, I plan to expand my vocal abilities as there’s no limit to learning. I have already released some singles, and am planning to create more albums and tour the country, and abroad, and perform in live locations, once the situation settles down.
How would you define your music?
It’s quite tough for me to accurately describe it, I don’t think any artist can do that. But I can say that it comes from the soul, and I am to make it as colorful and vibrant as it can be.
Also, I think my song will appeal to people throughout the world, irrespective of their location, situation, etc. My audience has discussed that these songs have given them an outlet and appealed to their soul, and I am proud to hear that. I think it’s a successful contribution to World music on my behalf.
Do you know how the audience reacts to your music?
I try to come up with socially relevant lyrics and describe a particular situation accurately. I think this resonates with my audience very well. I received praises for songs like He’s Just Not Into You, Black is the Color of My Skin, and Poppy Show, among others. These songs became popular among the community because of the lyrics and the way they carried themselves out.
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My team makes the possible arrangement to make the album stand out, which is another reason behind the success. The arrangements, video editing, etc., are a tough nut to crack without the right expertise, and my team is a blessing in disguise in this regard.
Are you proud of your journey so far?
Yes, I am. It’s not easy to get through the competition within the industry, as it is filled with many super talented artists. My family, team, friends, and listeners are my rock, and with their assistance, I can go further, I believe.
What type of music do you listen to now?
I don’t have a specific type, but Bob Marley has the best set of songs for me. I think Survival is my soul song and the Rebirth of Kirk Franklin coming in the second position.
What do you think of the Upcoming Artists?
I think this group has the best assortment of artists discussing and experimenting with new styles and trends. The overall positivity has helped me grow in my career too, and I wish to work with them in the future.
It is a glimpse into my thoughts and life; see you next time, bye.