As the R&B beat of her music captivates your mood, you can hear the soft, sultry vocals of blossoming musician, Abrieel bringing dynamic to each track.  On April 2nd, 1997, Abrieel graced the Earth in Oakland, California until she moved to Sacramento, where she was raised. Abrieel’s passion and love for music has been with her since she was in her mother’s womb. While pregnant, Abrieel’s mother would listen to relaxing music.

 

Aside from her musical personality, Abrieel is a gentle, positive soul, with a bright personality, who is destined to light a path of her own and leave behind a legendary title. However, the most positive people have their darkest moments. Abrieel has openly disclosed that she battles with Depression and Anxiety. Every day, 350 million people suffer with Depression.

 

Depression, along with other mental illnesses has become a taboo topic in the United States, while some people continue to be insensitive to these illnesses and undermining the severity of them. However, as the prevalence of depression increases in communities across the country, thousands are taking pride in raising awareness to challenge the outdated views, life-limiting stigma, and discrimination that is still attached to mental illnesses today.

 

With an objective to bring originality back to music, along with including messages that the audience can apply to their lives, there is no doubt Abrieel will document her significant growth and journey and mold it into a masterpiece to share with the world.  After achieving a milestone of receiving her own Pandora station, and with her upcoming project Soul II Soul releasing soon, Abrieel is shining immensely down her path to success.

 

“You can either be great or you can get left behind. Don’t waste your life time trying to figure out where you want to go & who you’re going to be.”

 

Q: What is your current occupation?

A: Singer-Songwriter

 

 

Q: When were you born?

A: My birthday just passed, I was born April 2nd, 1997.

 

 

Q: Where were you born/Where do you currently reside?

A: I was born in Oakland California & raised in Sacramento California. I currently live in Las Vegas NV.

 

 

Q: Has music always been a part of your life?

A: Music has been a part of my life since I was in the womb. My mother listened to lots of relaxing music when she was pregnant with me. I remember being 6 years old & annoying my family with live concerts in the living room. I participated in my first school talent show when I was in the 3rd grade. Me and my 3 best friends at the time were so in love with the cheetah girls that we put together our own choreography and cheetah outfits. As I continued growing up my voice got better, my work ethics got stronger & I just could not let go of music.

 

 

Q: Are there any moments in your childhood that resonate with your career today?

A: I started writing music at a very youthful age and because of that it prepared me for my future. I take my writing serious. There’s always room for improvement so I try to study different words to use. I want my word play to be better. I never thought I would be where I am today. It’s like one day I’m homeless writing songs on the bus in my mom’s contact book & the next day I’m writing a single for Gerald Levert’s Daughter Camryn. I believed in myself. I loved music & writing so much that I got better. Now I’m being blessed with these amazing opportunities.

 

 

 

Q: What has been the most challenging part about your music career?

A: The most challenging part about my music career would trying to get my music heard across the world. You can’t expect handouts in this industry. Everything you want you to have to go hard for. So, I am working on being more consistent with my music. Now that I have Pandora a lot of people will hear my music. I’m connecting with people from different cities. we support each other’s movements & art. It gets hard though but support is really where it’s at. Knowing the right people will get you far. People with good energy that want to see you win.

 

 

Q: What is something, different, you wish to bring to this generation of music?

A: I wish to bring originality & realness back. Messages that people can take & really apply to their life. I grew up listening to all kinds of music that had meaning so as an artist I would try to be different as much as possible. I want to be myself because everyone is trying so hard to be the same.

 

 

Q: Do you have any personal/career goals that relate to ending the disparity in the diversity of the music industry?

A: The only goal I have that relates to this is just staying independent but still being recognized by brighter platforms like Music Choice, MTV & REVOLT. 

 

Q: If you could describe your personality in three words, what would they be?

A: Creative, Free Spirited, Real

 

 

Q: What can you tell us about your recent release, Overtime?

A: A lot of people don’t know this but I chose to release Overtime on Valentine’s Day this year because I released my single ALL IN on Valentine’s Day last year & I wanted Overtime to be like a part two. ALL IN will also be featured on the project.

 

 

 

Q: What was the creative process behind this song?

A: The creative process for Overtime is the same creative process I always use. I get my concepts from the things I go through & the things I see going on around me. At the time, I was seeing someone & I wrote the song to remind myself what I want from the person I’m with. I just look around & see people settling for whatever now. No one wants real love anymore but I know for a fact it’s still possible to have a bond with someone that is unbreakable.

 

 

Q: What is the message behind this song?

A: I find it very important for everyone to be with someone they can really vibe with. This song was a self-worth anthem. If no one’s putting in overtime, do they really deserve you?

 

 

 

Q: Can you tell us what it was like working with Yung Incredible on your track, Pull Up?

A: Yung Incredible is family. We were supposed to create a long time ago but last year we finally made it happen. I bought a bus ticket to California just for us to get this record done & we didn’t even plan this. We came up with the concept overnight, just vibing & once we found the perfect beat, a hit was made.

 

 

Q: Do you plan to release any projects in 2017?

A: My project Soul II Soul will finally be releasing this year. It’s been a lengthy process because I couldn’t pick what kind of project I wanted to do. One day I would wake up thinking Album, the next day Mixtape. Instead of rushing and doing an Album I felt a 2nd EP would be still amazing & the fans will still be grateful. There’s one single on my EP called “On My Mind” featuring Jazz Lazer that I’m really excited about because it’s a dancehall record & I can already hear it on all the radio stations.

 

 “You can’t expect handouts…Everything you want you have to go hard for.”

 

 

Q: What was it like to reach the accomplishment of having your own Pandora station?

A: Finally having my own Pandora Station is a dream come true. I know it’s not a big deal for a lot of people but I work very hard & I’m finding a sound that fits only me. When you submit to Pandora they place you in a box with other artist that share the same music style. People submit everyday & get denied so that was a huge move for me.

 

 

Q: What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

A: For me Women’s History Month is about celebrating women’s rights. We celebrate being girl bosses and being women who are powerful & outspoken. We live in a world that discredits a woman’s full potential.

When women speak, their mind are automatically bitches to men & society & it shouldn’t be that way. So, like Kehlani said ” If I gotta be a bitch, Ima be a bad one ” We must stand up for ourselves. Women run the world.

 

 

Q: How do you show off your Black Girl Magic?

A: I show off my Black girl magic by walking with confidence. In my opinion, confidence is one of the sexiest traits to have. I am educated. I am full of ambition & light. I know where I’m going & I know what I want. I inspire others by spreading lots of love whenever I can.

 

 

Q: When you’re not working, what do you love to do?

A: I really love photography, I model sometimes and shoot with my friends. I love to paint as well or meditate when I can. Music takes up most of my time it really is my life but when I’m not creating I try to do anything that makes my soul happy.

 

 

Q: How do you remain focused and accomplish all your tasks at hand?

A: Staying focused is something that I really struggle with. A lot of people don’t know this because I don’t share it often, but I battle with Depression & Anxiety. There are times that I don’t want to create anymore or be social. For me to be the friend that is always positive and spreading love I still get down sometimes & have no idea why. I find myself constantly having to remind myself to do things that keep me productive & inspired or I won’t feel like myself. This doesn’t happen often but when it does it is very hard to control. I also keep a whiteboard/calendar in my room to stay organized. My mom who is my manager also keeps me very focused. She handles all of my music business so that things aren’t too overwhelming for me.

 

 

Q: What is your definition of self-love and how do you express it?

A: Self – love is being happy with who you are & everything that you do. Self – love isn’t something you are born with either I believe it’s something you must find as you go through life. Once you find Self – love you can love someone else. The only way I express it is by being myself. No one else is like me & because of that I’m winning in so many ways. I love all my flaws. I love that I’m not perfect. If you can carry yourself being aware of these things you will understand Self-love.

 

 

 

Q: Where do you see your personal/career life 5-10 years from now?

A: 5-10 years from now I see myself still making music but most likely having a family of my own with at least one Grammy in my living room. I want to have an exceptional performance resume. I want to be where I see a lot of my Idols. Comfortable, Stable, Happy & still inspiring.

 

 

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in 2017?

A: In 2017, I hope to see the world more. Connect with more people who are like me. I want to perform in different cities and have conversations with my fans because I consider them as family. I’m super shy & I want to break that, I love people but I don’t want to be afraid of people’s opinions forever.

 

 

 

Q: Is there anything you would like your supporters to know?

A: I want my supporters to know that life is all about choices. You can either be great or you can get left behind. Don’t waste your life time trying to figure out where you want to go & who you’re going to be. Chase your dreams & always be yourself. Don’t let the world try to change you because if you do it will break you down. Life is about growth and finding your Purpose. We may not have the answers to everything we battle with every day but in the long run it will all make sense and be worth it. Trust your timing and remember to never force or rush something you want to last forever.

 

 

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