Abby Brown
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Abby Brown

Chicago, Illinois, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Solo Folk Acoustic


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"Watch Local Musician Abby Brown Perform At Midway Cafe"

Jamaica Plain resident and recent Berklee grad, Abby Brown, released her first EP record at The Midway Cafe on
Thursday night.
Watch Brown perform "Angeline" off her new record "Go All In" in the video above. Digital and physical copies of her
album can be bought at
To know more about Brown, check out the profile here. - Laura Herrera,

"JP Musician Geared Up for EP Release Tonight"

The day of the her show, Abby Brown described her pre­performance routine: packing up,
setting up, thinking she'd forgotten everything, remembering she had everything, freaking out
and then getting excited.
Tonight there is an added bonus.
After four years of writing and recording, Brown, a Jamiaca Plain resident and recent Berklee graduate is set to release her first
EP record “Go All In.” The Midway Café will host Brown’s EP release performance at 8:30 p.m. on July 25.
“The most exciting part I think is going to be tonight. Hopefully it will be tonight… unless something goes horribly wrong. In
that case tonight will be the biggest challenge,” Brown joked.
In reality, Brown said her biggest challenge was the entire writing process. At first, Brown said she was writing “safe” songs
that other people wanted to hear or that avoided gender­specific pronouns.
“I didn’t really feel ready. I think I needed a couple of years to grow and gain some confidence,” she said.
Today, her new record includes deep and honest love songs about women (“Angelina” ) and taking a risk in relationships
Brown, who was raised in Iowa before moving to Boston to study songwriting and guitar at Berklee College of Music, also
attributed her open songwriting partially to Jamaica Plain where “being queer is the norm.”
Recently, Brown was featured as “Almost Famous” on, a popular website on queer women culture. She was
the first Massachusetts artist to be featured and the piece was made sweeter since Brown is a regular Autostraddle reader.
“I submitted my stuff to [Autostraddle] and I figured I would never hear back,” Brown said. “[After being contacted] I was like
',I’m going to pick myself off the floor now.’ ”
What comes after the July 25 record release is unknown. Brown said she has considered everything from moving to Los
Angeles, New York City or finding any alternative way she can tour with her music.
But regardless of the plan, Brown is sure of one thing after releasing the album:
“I’m looking forward to writing again. I’ve spent so much time recording and I haven’t just sat and written in a while.
To hear Abby Brown's music or buy the digital or physical CD visit her website. CDs will also be available at the show for $8.
Update: Watch Abby Brown perform "Angeline" at The Midway Cafe for her EP record release performance - Laura Herrera,

"Almost Famous: Abby Brown"

"A folk singer-songwriter and recent Berklee grad whose music is gonna melt your heart."
- Crystal, Autostraddle

"Abby Brown -- Go All In"

"This is gut-punching stuff that makes you feel feelings -- a rare accomplishment for anyone, let alone for someone's first album." - Rachel Cholst, Adobe and Teardrops


"Go All In" - EP
Released July 2013

-Featured on Women of Substance Radio

"Two Girls, One Theorem" - theme song for online web series, released spring 2013



Growing up in Iowa, Abby Brown spent most of her free time writing songs in her parent's basement after discovering a cheap guitar in storage when she was 12. She worked part-time jobs during high school to build a make-shift studio, and recorded and released a CD of 10 songs when she was 16. At the age of 18, Abby moved to Boston, MA to attend Berklee College of Music, where she studied songwriting and guitar performance. She graduated in 2013.

Taking inspiration from the songwriting greats such as Joni Mitchell, Simon and Garfunkel, and Jim Croce, as well as current folk icons Brandi Carlile, and Ray LaMontagne, Abby pens songs of substance and self-reflection that resonate with her audience.

Her music has been featured on Wellesley College Radio (WZLY), Homoground, Women of Substance Radio, and Autostraddle. Past performance venues have included The Red Room at Cafe 939, Harvard Square, Faneuil Hall, and the prestigous Berklee Performance Center (BPC).

Her six-song EP, Go All In, is her first official release.

Abby currently resides in Chicago, IL where she is writing a new record. 

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