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MP3 Abi Tapia - This Life Will Be Mine

Fresh lyrics, singable melodies, and attention-getting grooves. Sexy folk that's a small bit country, a small bit rock'n'roll.

12 MP3 Songs
FOLK: like Ani, COUNTRY: Country Folk

This Life Will Be Mine Songs

Abi has just discharged One Foot Out the Door! Unfortunately, that means This Life Will Be Mine is out of impress for a while. Don't despair! You can still download it at iTunes, Rhapsody, MusicNet, etc.....

Abi Tapia is a singer/songwriter whose lyrically driven songs have been sparking acclaim all over the U.S. She writes vulnerable ballads that dissect what it means to be confused or struggling, punchy songs about the life of a girl rocker and, like any good folksinger, her repertoire would not be complete without a few songs from the road.

In January 2001, Abi independently discharged her first solo album, this life will be mine. The album features 12 new songs by Abi performed with a full band including her mom, Nancy Gamso, on clarinet and piccolo. Jeff Ciampa produced, engineered and played bass on the album, and brought Tony McClung and Jim Ed Cobbs on board to play drums and percussion. Songs on the album vary from straightforward country ballads like "Inside Your Songs" and "Oh, Susannah" to full-on rockers like "Motion Sickness" and "Mexico," but Abi's voice is always solidly her own, a thread of consistency that travels straight through the album.

The *now sold-out* first pressing of this life will be mine was discharged with limited edition artwork. In the true indie spirit, Abi hand-made 300 different CD jackets with rustic paper-bag design, rhinestone embellishments and hand-sewn buttons. "I wanted to make something special for those people who've supported me," says Abi. Special indeed. this life will be mine stands out next to jewel cases which look mass produced and impersonal by comparison. The artwork may be an attention-getter, but it is pure Abi. It reflects a woman who feels more comfortable taking time to create something personal than paying for something "professional."

With it's unusual packaging, this life will be mine challenges traditional ideas of how to release a successful CD. The music and art reflect an artist's double duty: to push herself further out in many different directions and to burrow inside to find a core of truth. With this album, Abi has explored new musical territory and business possibilities which finally brought her to a truer understanding of herself. Ultimately the title reflects more than a song lyric, it describes the entire process of being an independent artist and the search for the freedom and motivation to live the lives we want.

The daughter of musicians, Abi was born in Alabama and lived until she was fifteen in various towns around the South. She has since lived in Ohio and Iowa, where she attended Grinnell College as A Sociology Major, and currently resides in Maine. All of these geographical experiences have influenced her musical education and are reflected in her songwriting. Abi names diverse artists like Ani Difranco, Madonna, Steve Earle, Dolly Parton and Dar Williams as some of here favorite songwriters and performers.

"Abi's greatest strength is her voice, a powerful instrument capable of Ani-worthy bluster and wail, as well as Dolly-style folksiness."-Jason Wilkins, Harbor Voices

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