As a passionate songwriter and artist, Abbey Gardner is quickly capturing the attention of the Australian music industry. Having listened to a wide range of music, Abbey's own music style is always evolving, but could be best described as alternative indie pop.
Abbey began learning piano at five years of age, and soon found her talent and passion for songwriting and performing. She took up the guitar at the age of twelve, which is when Abbey's love of writing contemporary songs thrived.
Although young, Abbey has gained vast experience performing in live venues throughout Sydney. She has performed at many charity and corporate events, and festivals such as the Sydney Country Music Festival, and also performs her own show at the Sydney Royal Easter Show each year. She has sung the National Anthem for the NRL in Newcastle stadium to an audience of over 15 000 and performed her original music to a full house at the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House.
With a large repertoire of original songs, Abbey has become a multi- award winning songwriter. At only 12 years of age, Abbey won her first national songwriting contest, winning "Pop/Rock Song of the Year" in Songsalive Australia's 2012 national songwriting awards. In years to follow, Abbey continued her success in national songwriting competitions, including placing in The Australian Children's Music Foundation, Tamworth Songwriters Association, and Music Oz awards.
As Abbey has continued writing and performing, her songs have taken on a depth of maturity way beyond her years. In 2016, Abbey was named "Songwriter of the Year" in the Songsalive Australia national songwriting awards, where she also took out "Pop Song of the Year", "Rock Song of the Year" and "Youth Songwriter of the Year".
In June 2016, Abbey was carefully selected through the department of Education and Training's "Youthrock" event, as the youth ambassador for JAM 4 AWARENESS - a project aimed at raising awareness of social issues to young people, using music as a medium to communicate a variety of messages such as bullying, cyber-bullying and mental health. This program has conducted live performances to over half a million people in schools and large scale community events, receiving close to a million site visits. It is supported by; NSW Police Force, NSW Rugby League, and many other government and non-government organisations. It is also supported by some of Australia's highest profile artists, including the late Gurrumul Yunupingu, Delta Goodrem, Missy Higgins, Ian Moss, Guy Sebastian, Diesel, Vanessa Amorosi, Grinspoon, Blue King Brown, Longreef, Jeff Lang, Hillsong United, Melissa Bester, Dead Abigails, and many more.
To finish off 2016, Abbey was named Youth Artist of the Year at the 2016 Australian Independent Music Awards, and was a nominee for songwriter of the year.
Abbey is proudly supported by a number of sponsors including; Ample Property Solutions, Vantage Partners, Carlingford Music Centre & Pearce Custom Guitars.
Look out for Abbey's recently released debut EP "Shadows After 3".