ABISHA is a 25-year-old singer-songwriter from Devon, England. Not too long ago, she released a luscious pop tune, entitled, “One Night”, via Spindle Music.
ABISHA – “One Night” single
“‘One Night’ was one of those songs that just needed to be written. I had so much emotion inside me and I needed so badly to release it. It’s an apology, reminiscence, and closure in the form of a song. As soon as I got to the studio, the words poured out because it was so fresh within me. Toby Scott nailed the production instantly and encapsulated the message perfectly.” – ABISHA
‘One Night’ contains a relatable narrative, sophisticated vocals, and tuneful melodies. Also, the likable tune possesses vibrant instrumentation flavored with an alternative-pop ‘n’ R&B aroma. Furthermore, “One Night” sets the tone for a new chapter in ABISHA’s story and follows on the heels of her debut EP, entitled, “Scorpio”.
“Growing up Black and gay in a place that’s largely white and where I didn’t know of anyone else who was queer, I had this feeling of being different for most of my life. There wasn’t anyone around for me to identify with, and there weren’t even many popular queer artists back then. So for a long time I wanted so badly to be what I thought was normal. Now that I’m discovering who I am as an artist, I’m also discovering who I am as a person. And I’ve finally gotten to a place where I’m happy to stand out and express myself every way I can.” – ABISHA confessed
ABISHA embodies a quiet self-possession in each song she shares with the world. Her confidence follows from overcoming profound insecurity, a journey closely tied to coming of age as a gay person of color in her homeland of Devon. Imbued with both raw sensitivity and understated power, ABISHA’s music intimately documents her transformation through the years. Also, it speaks to the urgency of representation, and the radical beauty of self-acceptance.
“In dance class, you’re in front of a mirror the whole time, and I was always so aware that I didn’t look like the other girls. They were all mostly petite and blonde and blue-eyed, and I was this chubby mixed-race kid with big, curly hair. And I used to cry because I desperately wanted hair like theirs. I was never bullied or anything for being different, but I had this very strong feeling that I didn’t fit in.” – ABISHA
ABISHA was the only mixed-race student in school and throughout her childhood. Her mother is an English woman from Devon and her father is of Jamaican descent. ABISHA studied dance for much of her childhood but felt a deep unease at dance school. But once she’d settled in London, she began to find the sense of belonging that had eluded her back home.
“For the first time in my life, I was surrounded by people who looked like me, and it felt amazing to not be the odd one out anymore.”
ABISHA is finally finding comfort in her own skin after exploring the world beyond Devon. Now, she’s opening up about the racism she’s faced and insecurities she’s dealt with due to her race and her sexuality. Also, she knows that there’s a lot left to improve on and grow from.
“Over the past year or so I’ve thought a lot more about what I want to convey with my music. And so much of that is about empowering people through sharing my experiences. I think it’s so important for artists to be open because it helps other people to feel comfortable with themselves. Especially people who come from a place like I did, where they don’t have anyone they can relate to or talk to. I’d love for my music to get through to people and help them understand that how they feel is completely okay, and they don’t ever have to hide who they truly are.” – ABISHA
“One Night” single
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