I’ve been doing awesome! A lot of great things are happening and I’m super excited about all of it!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Battle Scars”?
Of course! My latest single “Battle Scars” was actually inspired by my best friend. She has gone through a lot, but she never ceases to try her hardest to get through it all and come out of the other side stronger because of what she’s gone through. The song is dedicated to not just her, but any person who has gone through mental health issues, been bullied, overcame an addiction, etc. It means a lot to me, because for a long time I struggled with self esteem issues, anorexia, and depression. I didn’t believe anything good could possibly come out of the hardships I went through, but in fact, going through everything I did let me grow in so many ways, and gave me the ability to relate to other people going through similar issues.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I think I might! I’m not sure quite yet, as I’ve been super busy with college, but I have talked to a few dance teams and videographers, so it’s fair to say it could definitely happen!
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote the lyrics to ‘Battle Scars” last December actually. I was sitting in my family’s truck in Florida, and I decided to write a song different from the rest of my music. It was actually relatively tricky, as my normal music style is very different. But I really enjoyed writing it. As for recording, I loved it. I have a great producer, and it’s always so much fun to work with her (Brenna Swanger of the band She’s a Spy.)
Having travelled around most of the world – how does all these different cultures have influence your music as a whole?
I can’t say traveling has influenced my music very much, but it has definitely changed me as a person. I’ve met Syrian refugees, I’ve met women in the sex trade, I’ve helped out in third world countries, and I’ve seen a lot of things. One thing that traveling definitely instilled in me was the need to help people. Which is probably why my music is all recovery and mental heath related. I’ve seen how people are never really what we believe them to be. For example, before I left for Europe, I got instructed by many people to “be wary of Syrians,” of course, me being me, I thought that was rather racist, and did the exact opposite; and I’m glad I did. When my family was on a train out of Hamburg, Germany, we met a very kind Syrian man who was fleeing from Syria. He showed us photos of his family, and even bought us all candy bars! I learned from the experiences I’ve had to never judge a book by it’s cover, and that everyone deserves happiness.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along? Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Yes! I am actually in the final process off finishing my album, “Blackbird.” I can’t tell you when it will be out yet, but I can promise you can expect new material by the end of 2018!
What life struggles will you get to explore on this new album?
So far the album has been a lot of work, not only because of the work load, but because the marital I will be releasing is super personal, and a lot of the songs are based off my own experiences. As with any singer, it can be scary to give the world a part of yourself, even in music.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes! I plan on taking an overseas vacation in January! Either to the Bahamas, Mexico, or the United Kingdom.
What else is happening next in Abbie Bennett’s world?
On top of music and school, I am currently planning a huge holiday gala to raise money for suicide awareness and prevention!