‘Ab­bie’ ready to re­lease al­bum

South Waikato News - - Community Cookbook -

It takes a special per­son to ad­mit they draw in­spi­ra­tion from watch­ing Whit­ney Hous­ton mu­sic videos but for Abbey Harker-fer­gu­son it’s proved to be time well in­vested.

The for­mer Toko­roa woman moved to Auck­land a few years ago to pur­sue a ca­reer in mu­sic and re­cently re­leased her de­but sin­gle, Mil­lion, with the al­bum, Lost/found, due for re­lease on June 30.

‘‘I have had a love for strong fe­male vo­cals. I re­call watch­ing recorded video tapes of Whit­ney and be­ing in awe of this magical lady.

‘‘Growing up I lis­tened to many dif­fer­ent types of mu­sic and found that I had a soft spot for blues, soul and the gen­uine way in which th­ese songs man­aged to cre­ate and share a mo­ment.’’

The de­but sin­gle, Mil­lion, re­leased on June 10. Peo­ple will re­mem­ber the singer’s voice as a fi­nal­ist in Maori Tele­vi­sion’s Ho­mai Te Pakipaki about four years ago.

But the days of singing karaoke are over.

The 28-year-old has re­fined her sound which com­bines soul­ful mu­sic with elec­tronic pop beats.

And for the pur­poses of her mu­si­cal ca­reer, she goes by the sin­gle name, Ab­bie.

The love song Mil­lion is a snap­shot of the al­bum which will in­clude some ‘‘soul­ful, beau­ti­ful Ma¯ ori sound­tracks’’ likely to stand out as a fea­ture of the col­lec­tion.

Harker-fer­gu­son says she’s not Ma¯ ori — her fam­ily ties are with Por­tu­gal — but she’s en­joyed learned more about Ma¯ ori cul­ture since mov­ing to Auck­land and work­ing with the Manukau Ur­ban Maori Author­ity.

‘‘I think that the Ma¯ ori lan­guage is beau­ti­ful and would love to hear more of this on the ra­dio. I hope that when peo­ple hear th­ese [Ma¯ori] songs on the new al­bum, they will un­der­stand that they came from a good place.

‘‘Sit­ting down to write a song in Ma¯ ori and ac­tu­ally man­ag­ing to do so was a real achieve­ment for me. Some­thing that I am very proud of.’’

Harker-fer­gu­son says she wrote around 40 songs for the new record and is al­ready plan­ning a sec­ond al­bum.

‘‘Over the next year I’m go­ing to aim to write a cou­ple of songs per week. I hope to have 100 songs writ­ten by this time next year.

Abbey Harker-fer­gu­son (Ab­bie) is about to re­lease her de­but al­bum.

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