Abbey Gardner is a vibrant and talented singer/songwriter and musician. Having listened to a wide range of music,Abbey's 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 quickly 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. Other venues include, Newtown Social Club, Newcastle stadium and The Sydney Opera House.
Abbey has written a large repertoire of original songs - and after gaining experience in live performance and recording, she began entering major songwriting competitions.
The results speak for themselves, with numerous successes - the first, winning pop/rock song of the year in Songsalive Australia's 2012 national songwriting competition. Since then, she has had winning success with 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", "Youth Songwriter of the Year" and the "Parramatta Prize" (a live final for entrants from greater western Sydney).
Her accolades continued in April this year, when Abbey took to the stage at the YOUTHROCK 2016 finals, coming in 2nd place with her vibrant solo performance - a large feat as the only soloist competing against 40 young bands in the largest unsigned band competition in NSW. She skilfully used a loop pedal to build rhythm and layer harmony along with her energy and strong stage presence ensuring Abbey’s performance was riveting from beginning to end.
In June 2016, Abbey was selected as a youth ambassador to represent JAM4AWARENESS - a project aimed at raising awareness of social issues to young people, using music as a medium to communicate. This project is supported by the Australian Rugby League, NSW Police, and some of Australia's highest profile artists, including Delta Goodrem. Diesel, Ian Moss and Missy Higgins.
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's love of performing and sharing her music with others keeps her motivated to continue writing. Look out for her recently released debut EP "Shadows After 3".