Abigail Neilson - This Is Me Leaving, Release date - 13/11/2020
Updated: Jul 2, 2022
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For Seattle based Country/Pop artist Abigail Neilson, the heart and soul of music is rooted in its ability to connect with others on a deeper level, and coincidentally, she has a lot to get off her chest. Thematically, her honest and captivating ballads cover the spectrum of human emotion -- everything from the joy of falling in love, to the agony of heartbreak and the strength of female empowerment.
Coming from a family that encouraged creativity, Abigail is no stranger to music, and has been writing and performing her own material since the age of 13. Her May 2020 single, “Ruby” landed on coveted playlists such as Spotify’s “Breakout Country” “Fresh Finds: Country” and “New Music Nashville”
“This Is Me Leaving” was self-written by Abigail Neilson. The track was produced in Nashville, Tennessee by Robbie Artress who has worked with artists such as Chris Stapleton, Ben Folds, and Randy Rogers Band. Instrumental tracking was done by brothers Gideon and Gabe Klein, as well as Ellen Angelico, who have all played with artists such as Tenille Townes, Delta Rae and Lauren Jenkins. Grant Mickelson was also a part of the instrumental tracking and has played with artists such as Taylor Swift, George Strait, and Kenny Chesney.
“This Is Me Leaving” is an upbeat, uplifting, empowering track. Country pop with a rock edge, it makes me think Avril Lavigne with a Country twist. A gentle piano introduction with Abigail’s exquisite vocals lead to the rocked up chorus full of guitar as the beat kicks in. The verses are softer which brings light and shade to the track perfectly. The verses telling the story of why she shouldn’t hold on to someone who no longer wants her, the chorus is the celebration of that realisation and the empowerment that it brings.
Of the track, Abigail says:
“This Is Me Leaving” is a song that exemplifies the feeling of freedom and independence you feel after letting go of a person who caused you so much heartache. The feeling of knowing you’ve been waiting on someone who doesn’t want you anymore sinks in, and the decision of holding on for longer or letting go must be made, and you choose to let go. The chorus hits, echoing the words, “finally facing the feeling, of letting go of you,” which is a very painful thing to confront yourself with, but instead of dreading this feeling, it’s embraced. This song gives the listener a hard-hitting sense of freedom and independence after a long time spent waiting.
“This Is Me Leaving” is another stunning track from this upcoming artist which continues to showcase her talent for songwriting and music. I thoroughly expect it to follow previous tracks and appear on a number of playlists, it deserves no less. I will definitely be adding it to my playlists, that’s for sure and I recommend you do so too.
“This Is Me Leaving” is available to preorder/presave now here:
And in general release from 13th November. An accompanying video will also be released on 13th November.
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