Person of Interest & FemFocused Interviews

FemFocused: Philadelphia Musician Abby Hoffer

Philadelphia-based indie singer Abby Hoffer releases her debut single “Come Back” today

Here it is folks – the final FemFocused interview of 2019! Please welcome songwriter Abby Hoffer, who finds herself declaring “it’s too late to come back now,” as she sings about a failed past relationship and her newfound independence in her debut single. Accompanied by soft drums and delicate string instruments and synth sounds, Hoffer cuts her heart wide open and puts it on display for her listeners to find solace within. Abby Hoffer has been writing and covering songs in her bedroom since high school, using her vocal training to her advantage.

This past summer, Hoffer teamed up with Jake Naroden to record her songs and start taking her music career to the next level. Now, only a few months later, Hoffer is playing shows and has recorded her debut single, “Come Back,” accompanied by an acoustic, stripped down music video.

Welcome to Positive Publicity, tell us a bit about yourself!

My name is Abby, and I’m 20 years old (which is very weird to put into words). I’m a junior studying interior design and sustainability at Drexel University. I’m currently the president of the Drexel TrebleMakers, the university’s one and only all-female a cappella group. I’ve been playing guitar since I was 14 and started writing music at about the same time. I’ve loved singing since I was little and have always wanted to share my voice with the world. 

Congratulations on your debut single “Come Back” and your music video! What was the process like creating and filming a music video? 

It was a lot of filming, hoping I was done, and then filming again. I’ve been singing “Come Back” since I wrote it about a year ago, and it hasn’t changed much since the original recording, so it wasn’t too hard to film over and over. Just arduous. I will say though, it was pretty cool seeing it all come together in the end.

Describe your songwriting style and process for us.

Songwriting is a cathartic process for me. I love complaining about my problems to my friends, but eventually, after the billionth time I’ve cried over a friend or a boy, I know people get sick of hearing about it. At least if I put it in a song, my feelings serve some kind of purpose. And for all those people out there who are sick of listening to me talk about myself, they have the option to ignore the lyrics and just listen to the music.

Can you give us some insight on some of the struggles and triumphs of being a female musician?

As a female, I feel like I’m expected to be able to sing super high, and that just isn’t really my thing. When I’ve trained with coaches in the past, their main goal was always strengthening my upper range – which is important, don’t get me wrong. But they tend to neglect my lower range, and I’m convinced that if I had worked on it all along, I would probably be able to sing lower than I can. It’s just interesting how I’ve been made to feel like I’m not as good as everyone else because I don’t like to belt. There’s nothing wrong with husky low notes!

Who are your musical influences?

Fleetwood Mac, Ed Sheeran, James Bay, and Seafret.

Where can we follow you?

Follow me on Instagram @abbyhoffermusic and Facebook and be sure to stream “Come Back” on Spotify and Apple Music!

Thanks Abby! And stay tuned for more FemFocused goodness coming to you in 2020 😉

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