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Houston, Texas – Abbey Hirvela, a prolific 16-year old singer/songwriter from Montogomery, near the Houston area, is pleased to announce the August 26, 2014 digital release date of “The Start.” The album features seven original tracks, most of which feature Abbey as the primary writer, as well as the production and writing talents of Shane Stevens (who has written for Lady Antebellum, Jesse McCartney, Sara Evans and more). My New Release, an artist administrative service company, has signed on to spearhead distribution and pre-sale promotions which includes an instant download of the song “Gypsy Girl.”

Penning her experiences as a young woman who lives for God, music and natural outdoor experiences like skiing and hiking, Abbey began putting words to music at the age of 12.
To date, her credits include solo originals and works devised from instruction by regional Texas favorites Kyle Hutton, Shellee Coley, Walt Wilkins, Jason Eady, Courtney Patton and Drew Womack during extensive songwriting camps. To round out her arsenal of mentors, Abbey counts the likes of Nashville regulars such as Stevens, Susan Gibson, Clay Mills, Bonnie Baker, Melissa Bollea, Liz Rose and Texas-based Chris Chimene, and Jude Dyllan as co-writers and supporters.

Charismatic and expressive as a live performer, Abbey has connected with audiences at several noted Houston venues including Dosey Doe and Main Street Crossing, as well as Bernhardt Winery for the “Real Life Real Music Festival.” Abbey was pleased to receive high praise from the legendary Ray Wylie Hubbard during a recent appearance at the RLRM Festival as well as others in the regional scene who have lauded her efforts:

“Before I went on stage at Kyle Hutton’s Real Life Real Music Festival, I heard one of his songwriting students, Abbey Hirvela, sing; she was in the poet’s saddle and riding that horse like she owned it. She was good! I probably ruined her by showing her how to make an E chord without the 3rd though.” — Ray Wylie Hubbard

“Most people don’t figure out who they are until their later years, if ever. Abbey Hirvela has figured it out early, she is a songwriter and “The Start” makes that loud and clear. In the sea of up-and-coming singer/songwriters, Abbey emerges as an artist and doesn’t just go thru the motions; she gives us a glimpse into who, and what’s, inside.”
Kyle Hutton, Songwriter & Host/Creator of “Real Life Real Music” Radio Program

“In the crowded sea of young singer songwriters, the opportunity to be noticed is beyond difficult but, you can’t help but notice Abbey Hirvela! She captures your attention with great vocals and writing that is fresh, fun and pleasing. Add to that personality that says ‘come on in and sit awhile,’ and that’s what you do… you just can’t help it.”
Steve Said, Dosey Doe

“Abbey is blessed with the gift of high level songwriting. I met her when she was 14 and she was already writing songs better than most adults. Rarely do I meet songwriters with her ability of creating such rich songs with structure, engaging storytelling, and relatable concepts. She also has this positive, fun glow about her that makes everyone want to work with her and root for her to win.” — Jake McKim, Birch Street Music

More acclaim is bound to follow as this young artist debuts with “The Start,” as it is proving to be just the beginning for Abbey Hirvela.


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