CountryCommon Featured Artist – Abbey Cone

Country soul singer Abbey Cone has a Texas birth certificate, and a Nashville, Tennessee home address.

The 18 year old artist writes her own songs, plays guitar, and “dabbles” in the saxophone.

Cone counts Aretha Franklin, Patsy Cline and Justin Timberlake among her most impactful influences, but first found her voice in her car seat in her dad’s truck. She would sing along to “Roly Poly” by Bob Wills.

At 8 years old, the sweet girl with the big voice started taking guitar lessons, and by 9 years old was performing at the Grapevine Opry.

When she turned 12 years old, the Lone Star State native informed her mom that she wanted to go to Nashville.

She started co-writing the same year. After her freshman year of high school, Abbey started online school and began to travel to Nashville one week per month. When she was 16 she began to live in Nashville half-time.

Cone signed a publishing deal with SNG Music at 16, and is currently in her second year with the developing company. She says she likes that, “the company is new, there are few writers, which makes it very hands-on and like a family.”

She made the ultimate commitment and moved to Music City full time at 17 years old.

Cone shared her plans with CountryCommon saying, “I want to be an artist first and foremost, but songwriting is a must for my sanity.”

As for reality singing competitions, the artist shared with us, “I tried out for The Voice. I wouldn’t do it again, because at the end of the day all of it is for TV and I’m not going to pretend I have a hard life just to make America feel obligated to vote for me because my life pretty much rocks and stuff.”

Read the full interview here.