Donna Block
Jul 10 · 5 min read

Raised with mid-western charm in Clinton, Indiana, Abbi Scott has always had a passion for music. Growing up on traditional country and classic rock legends, Scott has cultivated her own unique southern-rock sound over the years.

How has growing up in Clinton, in the Midwest, influenced the music you write and perform?

Growing up in such a small town, it really influenced the music I write. I chose to write about things that were truly happening around me, whether it be first hand experiences or things that my close friends were experiencing. I truly embraced growing up in a rural environment and wrote a lot of my early music about that.

Which artists did you grow up listening to?

Growing up I listened to Martina McBride, The Dixie Chicks, Theory of a Deadman, Motley Crue and Miranda Lambert. (I loved the mixes of rock & country from my parents!)

How has your family supported your music career?

My family has gone above and beyond for my musical dreams — they’ve supported me every single step of the way. I physically couldn’t do this without them.

You’ve said the stage is home to you. When did you start performing?

I started performing at the age of seven. I competed in my first County Fair talent show and won first place! I’ve always felt like the stage is where I belong.

What instruments do you play?

I play the guitar and I’m in the works of learning the Mandolin and Harmonica!

Favorite place to write?

My favorite places to write usually consist of a calm, serene environment with very little distractions. But usually just somewhere with a very “vibey environment.” I love writing in my living room where I have my guitars hanging on the wall!

What did you study at Lipscomb University?

I studied Broadcasting and Journalism.

When did you begin working with your mentor Julian Raymond at Lipscomb?

I began working with Julian Raymond in the fall semester of 2018 — and this was my very last semester of college ever!

You’ve opened for Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell, and others — where is your dream venue?

My dream venue would have to be RedRocks Amphitheater out in Colorado because I have such a love for Colorado…and I’ve hiked RedRocks and it was beautiful.

How would you describe Southern Rock?

I would describe Southern Rock as country music with heavy guitar licks and lots of funk — with maybe a little soul and lots of Electric Guitar! Southern Rock is all about being real and staying true to who you are.

Who’s on your Southern Rock summer playlist?

My southern rock summer playlist has Whiskey Myers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Charlie Daniels Band, Brothers Osborne and A Thousand Horses on it!

What drew you to the Clare Dunn-Drew Ramsey song “Voodoo”?

I was extremely drawn to this song because of the kickass attitude and the gritty, muddy sound the song had to it. I loved the lyrics and the whole mindset behind this song.

What was it like working with producer Sal Oliveri on your new single?

Working with Sal Oliveri was incredible. Finally, I had a producer listen to me and capture my sound as an artist. This is the sound I had been going for my whole life and Sal has captured it. Working with Sal was a dream come true.

Any summer road trips planned with the Jeep?

I’m a travel junkie, so any chance to get to the beach I will take it! Hopefully traveling back down to Charleston, South Carolina again soon!

What interested you in becoming a licensed esthetician?

I’ve always wanted to help people feel beautiful about themselves and make them feel more confident and comfortable in their own skin. I thought Esthetics would be perfect for this.

When you aren’t writing or performing, what do you like to do?

I love being outdoors any chance I get. I love to go for drives with my little puppy, Teensie. I also like to watch movies and hangout with my friends.

Lastly, what do you wish you’d be asked in an interview?

I’ve always wanted to be asked, “If there’s one thing you want to be known for on this earth, before you leave it someday, what would it be?” I want the world to know that I always treated others the way that I always wanted to be treated. I tried to always be in a positive mood and that I always strived to make others happy. I want to change the world with my music and I want to always bring joy to people with the power of music.

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