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Brief Bio

A native of South Mississippi, Abbye West Pates is a singer-songwriter who has called Memphis, Tennessee her home for 15 years. She loves people and songs so it only makes sense that she'd feel most at home at a house concert or dark listening room somewhere, close enough for a conversation with the listeners. She's a little folk, a little country, and loves a good story. You're invited to come listen in. 

Abbye has emerged from these difficult pandemic years with new original music. One of her newest single releases, Better With Time (June 2022), resonates with so many of us as our friends move away and our Friday nights get lonelier. In another new release, To Be Well (July 2022), Abbye adapts the well-known words of Julian of Norwich into a hopeful prayer: "for all things to be well, and all things to be well, for all manner of things to be well." You're invited to sing it, too.

Listen on Listen to her music on Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music and everywhere you stream music.

Extended Bio

Abbye West Pates is a songwriter and storyteller based in Memphis, TN. Born and raised in south Mississippi and inspired by folk/Americana artists like Patty Griffin and Lori McKenna and authors like Wendell Berry, Abbye tells stories that locate you in a particular place with a particular people. She explores life's real struggles - addiction, grief, anxiety - reminding us of grace and faith and forgiveness in the midst of it all.  

Abbye's first studio album, Leaving the Shadows (2012), reflects on the small town that raised her and the city that's grown her up. Mr. Cooley,  a fan favorite from the album, looks back on her hometown and what she may have missed while Memphis Song highlights the choice to put down roots in a sometimes difficult place even when it seems easier to start over again.  

Her 2016 release, Miles of Green, shows us a growing songwriter as Abbye becomes more at home in her sound and vocal style. She continues to draw on her southern heritage, bringing us along on a trip through the Mississippi Delta on Take Me With You. Abbye likes to explore what one person is thinking and feeling as she does with the characters in Lonely Guy and Stairs, asking "Why did you choose that path? Am I really any different than you? How could things be different?"  

Only a slight meandering from her originals, Abbye released And With Us Sing in April 2020, is a 6-song collection of hymns, sharing a fresh take on beloved songs she grew up singing (and still does!) 

Abbye has now emerged from these difficult pandemic years with new original music. One of her newest single releases, Better With Time (June 2022), resonates with so many of us as our friends move away and our Friday nights get lonelier. In another new release, To Be Well (July 2022), Abbye adapts the well-known words of Julian of Norwich into a hopeful prayer: "for all things to be well, and all things to be well, for all manner of things to be well." You're invited to sing it, too.

Abbye lives with her husband and music-companion, Jeff, who accompanies her on percussion when he can. She's also a gardener, handwritten letter writer and pour over coffee drinker. Listen to her music on Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music and everywhere you stream music.

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