The Spring Concert: An Inside Scoop on Abbie Roper
King’s Spring concert did not disappoint on Friday night as an in impressive lineup of singers and musicians brought the Brooklyn Bazar to life.
Artists like Rachel Freeman, Abbie Roper, Airbud, and others took over the stage with soulful originals and classic covers.
The Spring Concert was the first time Abbie Roper has been back on stage in NYC since being in Nashville last fall; allowing her to debut some of her new pieces she worked on while away.
Accompanying her was Jentry Herrin on drums, Patterson Tompkins on bass, and Will Verde, a high schooler from Brooklyn Tech on guitar.
Growing up in a musical family, Roper knew that music was the career path she wanted to embark on, which lead her to spending the 2018 fall semester at a music program in Nashville.
“I kind of came from a musical family. My parents met in high school and tried to start a rock band, so I’m just trying to live out their musical dream,” Roper said.
Roper began by learning piano and from there proceeded to learn guitar in the ninth grade as she began to learn more about music.
As she started her set, Roper yelled over the music, “If you don’t know this song, you live under a rock!”
The audience joined into the lyrics of “Shallow” as Roper’s voice moved through the audience.
Back in the ninth grade, Roper wrote her first song and has continued writing songs--pushing herself to write new songs during her four month music program in Nashville.
“I wrote a song a week,” Roper said. “We performed the song that week, then the very next day would debrief the show and literally point out every single thing that went wrong.”
Although, it was hard to watch back her shows and point out the flaws, she feels that they were crucial in teaching her how to be a successful musician.
“It was harsh but so good,” Roper said. “I feel like I discovered I can do this, and that I need to play electric for what I want to do.”
It is evident that Roper’s favorite genre of music is Indie rock as her Indie inspired songs poured out of the Brooklyn Bazar. Many of the listeners were captivated by Roper’s rich voice.
“I love her music,” said Draven Haefs. “She is a really unique sound that encompasses realms of folk and rock that pulls you into what she is doing, that’s what I felt.”
Roper ended her set with an original song, LILLIE$ leaving the audience roaring as she steps off the stage.
Although being back in regular classes leaves Roper itching to have space to play loud and experiment on different pieces of equipment, she is slowly re-acclimating to her regular class schedule. As she busies herself with homework and study guides she is still making time for her music with shows coming up on May second in Rockwood and June 1 in Williamsburg.
Roper is just starting her career with big goals to make music more than just a hobby.
“I would love to make money from my music but the main goal is to play in the Bowery Ballroom — the dream.”