A local singer who found success with her first album a few years ago is back again with another single, and this time she’s found her groove as a bonafide songwriter.
Drumheller’s Abby Fooks released the single ‘Worth It’ earlier this month, the first recording released since her 2015 album My Kind of Fun, featuring the debut single ‘Breakaway’ which earned her considerable attention.
The new single, available from most digital music retailers, was a long work in progress but Fooks says it was worth it.
“I just started playing on my piano one night throwing out ideas. At the beginning that song was so much longer with more lyrics, but I worked with my dad to simplify it, and when we brought it out to Vancouver (to record) they really simplified it,” she says.
She recorded with producers Mike James and Jeff Dawson, who worked with her on her first album and wrote ‘Breakaway’ for her, and this new track was mastered in New York. It has a high production value and a chill, EDM feel to it that feels like a departure from her earlier work.
“I think for other people listening, it’s more catchy, more radio sounding. I love it.” she said.
Fooks took a break from recording after graduating from St. Anthony’s School and enrolling in the legal assistant diploma course at SAIT in Calgary, where she finishes her final year of study beginning this fall. While she’s finding success in the program, she admits, of course, that music is her real passion.
“It’s pretty boring,” she laughs. “A lot of typing. But I thought I should go to school and that way I have a plan B if music doesn’t work out. Music is very competitive.”
She plans to release more music toward the end of the year, with collaborations with a Calgary-based artist coming sooner. Her music is available on iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify.