Abi Hercules

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Let me complete your song with a strong top line/vocal, create lyrics like no other, or write you a complete song. I look forward to collaborating. Oh, the joys of the internet and music...

I write songs for other artists, TV (notably Disney), film, special events, children & young people and myself. I've been writing songs for 20 years and have arranged, produced, played (Piano, mandolin, guitar, flute) and recorded 2 albums and countless tracks of my songs. My forte? Hooky songs.

As a lyricist, I've an ability to inhabit the mind of the protagonist, speak the unspoken, draw in the listener. Some of my lyrics are darkly humorous, some light, poignant, funny. Whatever serves the song. As a singer, I grew up listening to the blues, old soul, jazz, early harmony groups - I am no belty, tricksy diva but if it's a rich, gutsy, rocky, indy English voice you are after... Or perhaps a lighter, folkier feel?

+ Ownership/Publishing
- 50% Topline (melody/lyrics/full song)
- 25% Hooks/ Choruses or Co-writes
+ Buyouts/work for hire - contact for pricing
+ Commercial release upon approval
+ 1 free revision (a handful of small changes) included per song. After first revision, additional revisions can be made at a rate of $25/hour - additional funds released prior to additions.
+ Complete songwriting - contact for pricing
I'll send you an mp3 demo. On approval I'll send dry .wav stems.
So, have a listen, give me a shout. Let's get making music, people!

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

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32 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Kate L.
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    Abi was really professional and wrote great lyrics that coveted the message I was trying to say in the song. Looking forward to working more with Abi in the future!

  2. Review by Trey Vittetoe
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    I've worked with Abi several times now, she's a total pro. Mad song skills, and superb to work with! I would be happy to work with her anytime!

  3. Review by Trey Vittetoe
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    Abi is such a super talented song writer. This was the second time that we worked together, and I cannot say enough good about her. So talented and absolutely professional - a complete pleasure to work with. This song we just did is massive. Keep it up Abi!

  4. Review by Rosie Evans
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    Abi is a talented songwriter. She is very professional and such a pleasure to work with!

  5. Review by Trey Vittetoe
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    First time working with Abi, and she wrote such an amazing song! She was clear with instructions on what she wanted and professional in every way. It was a complete pleasure working with her!

  6. Review by Kimera Morrell
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    Abi is super talented, professional, and excellent communicator! I highly recommend collaborating with this amazing writer :)

  7. Review by Marcin Z.
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    Abi did a great job re-writing our lyrics. First, she listened very carefully, got into the mood of the song, very patient with a few iterations and re-writes. Great commitment - Abi finished the work despite going through difficult personal developments. Plus, great "free" advice on the key change for the last chorus section - something you get from an experienced musician/producer that takes your song to the next level!

  8. Review by Erick U.
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    Definitely reaching out to Abi for any future projects. Great quality.

  9. Review by Erick U.
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    Great to work with! Amazing voice.

  10. Review by Hong P.
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    She is very cooperative and helpful.
    Great job!!!!

  11. Review by Hong P.
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    She tried her best for me. And her voice fits in my project perfectly.
    The BEST!!!!

  12. Review by Hong P.
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    She is the best and perfect for my project.
    Two thumbs up!!!

  13. Review by Hong P.
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    She is very easy to work with and she tried best efforts for my job.
    BEST!!!

  14. Review by Keian B.
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    Repeat work with Abi - an all-round fantastic singer, flautist and musician - will work with again

  15. Review by Chris Adams
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    So many things I can say about Abi! She is super kind, funny and really a hard worker. She came into my life with this amazing song back in November of 2017 and she was relentless to get it done. We went back to the drawing board a few times and finally came out with perfection! I really enjoyed her positive energy and willingness to listen as we were getting this done. I highly recommend her for her vocal ability and amazing penmanship in writing. Thank you for making a difference, Abi.

  16. Review by Dylan B.
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    A highly professional singer, very easy to get along with and open to ideas. She said she really wanted to serve the song and make it the best it could be and that was just what I need. Abi has a fantastic voice. Highly recommended.

  17. Review by Davide P.
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    I asked Abi to help me in a revision of my lyrics and she was really helpful and professional! I really advice to work with her!

  18. Review by Lee
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    Very pleased with Abi's flute contribution to my song. She created beautiful parts that fit the vibe of the song wonderfully, and the quality of her recordings is excellent. She was very professional and generously provided me with extra takes to work with. Happy to work with her again!

  19. Review by Mini F.
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    An amazing singer and very easy to work with!

  20. Review by Luke S.
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    Abi is the utter professional. Her voice is amazing and her turnaround time for getting the work done is super fast and perfect at the same time.
    I will be working with her again soon and encourage you to do the same.

  21. Review by Keian B.
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    Abi is a fantastic singer/songwriter with a very creative mind. In my recent project with her, she performed on the flute and created many optional ad libs and fills for me to play with. Most importantly, she worked very hard to ensure I was happy with all the parts that she worked on and was very patient with my tweaking. I highly recommend her.

  22. Review by Linda K.
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    Abi did a beautiful job creating just the right sound for my song about child predators (not an easy subject). She created a finished product that needed some tweaking to get song timed correcty. She was able to accomplish everything to perfection. She has a lovely tone to her voice and is very talented. I highly recommend Abi for your project.

  23. Review by Hakan Mavruk
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    Abi is an incredible songwriter who gave me creative freedom to do my thing. I really enjoyed working with her.

  24. Review by Arthur Pingrey
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    Abi is such a terrific talent. I love working with her.

  25. Review by Arthur Pingrey
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    Abi is such an amazing talent, and so professional. A joy to work with.

  26. Review by Arthur Pingrey
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    Abi is a terrific collaborator and a real talent. I truly enjoyed working with her and look forward to many projects in the future. Couldn't recommend her more.

  27. Review by Dali
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    I have worked with Abi on many projects, live and in studio, always amazed by her talent. Her powerful, always spot-on vocals are done in no time, backing vocals and harmonies are literally the best possible ones you can dream of. Not to mention her songwriting skills and a massive catalogue of compositions. Thanks Abi!

  28. Review by charlie ryder
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    Really happy with the wonderful rhymes and beautiful arrangements that Abi performed so beautifully. A very kind and creative person with a great soulful voice. Would highly recommend Abi as she has done an amazing job for me.

  29. Review by Keian B.
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    Abi is a fantastic singer/songwriter with a very creative mind. In my recent project with her, she performed on the flute and created many optional ad libs and fills for me to play with. Most importantly, she worked very hard to ensure I was happy with all the parts that she worked on and was very patient with my tweaking. I can not recommend her enough.

  30. Review by Vanessa Widdup
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    Abi is a wonderful songwriter you'll be humming her tunes after you hear them ! She's very adaptable and a very special creative force to be involved with ! She writes prolifically and her lyrics span a range of heartfelt to humorous. A great talent to have on board on any songwriting project.

  31. Review by Rebecca Carrington
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    Abi is a very talented singer/songwriter who I had the pleasure of working with some years ago on her album "cycling in stilettos." I love her songs and have played them endlessly over time. She is an inspiration to many and I recommend her music to others who have not yet heard her. A fabulous artist.

  32. Review by Georgia Slowe
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    Abi is a wonderfully talented singer and song writer. I really enjoyed working with her and I can't wait to do so again. She wrote and performed the title song for my film and was nominated for several awards.

Interview with Abi Hercules

  1. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  2. A: To date, writing and performing (and sometimes recording) complete songs but as I am new to Soundbetter, that's going to change...

  3. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  4. A: Simple home studio - Roland Keys, Rode NT1000 mic, Logic X Pro

  5. Q: What's your typical work process?

  6. A: Topline: If you have some strong ideas for your track, that's great. I would find out from you what you would like to say to the listener, how you would like them to feel and I would use your input to shape the song you would like to create. Of course, your track is the foundation to the story we tell... Songwriting: If I write a song from scratch, it most commonly starts with a lyrical idea, developed in my mind over days, often whilst cycling. Mostly, I say what I want to say then I sit at the piano to write the music. Both lyrics and music are then developed together - the top line melody is honed once the song format is nailed. If it's a groove song, I may pull up a loop, lay down a bass line and then write to that. Song commissions: To help with lyrical content, I have a list of questions which I would like you to answer, which will inform the story we tell. Needless to say, Skype calls make the world a much smaller place!

  7. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  8. A: Honesty, guts, strong story-telling, imagery, weight, character, an English accent!

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: Listening

  11. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  12. A: Currently, pop

  13. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  14. A: Leave space

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

  16. A: Strong storytelling, hooky tunes

  17. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  18. A: An actress by trade I started writing songs on the road in 2000 and then when I stopped touring as an actress, I started performing and recording my own music. You don't have to wait for the phone to ring to write songs! I formed a band (The Easy Tigers) who supported me. My experience as an actress definitely colours my songwriting and my ability to inhabit the protagonist.

  19. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  20. A: Piano, Mandolin (spare strings!), a recorder, TC Helicon Voicelive Touch

  21. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  22. A: What is your hope for the finished track? Do you have a deadline? What attracted you to my profile? Why do you feel I may be the right collaborator for your project?

  23. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  24. A: Sharing my passion and enjoying the collaborative journey.

  25. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  26. A: I will listen and work with you, I may question, challenge even but the end result will be something of which we are proud.

  27. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  28. A: Arthur Pingrey

  29. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  30. A: Browse around and chat to a few providers before making a decision. No question is too daft and you can't ask too many; ensure you get a good feel for the potential working relationship before committing.

  31. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  32. A: Currently, I am working up some new tunes of mine in the hope of finding a publisher, some sync or even an artist to re-record them.

  33. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  34. A: I have self-produced two albums of my songs. The first was a live record but the second was more complex - several studios, many sessions, overdubs, backing vocals. I found my band, arranged the songs (including BVs and a horn section), ran the sessions whilst playing and singing, mixed the tracks with my engineer, oversaw the artwork...and off it went to the printers! I realise there are no grammy nominations in there but I guess what I am saying is I am hardworking, committed and have a positive energy.

  35. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  36. A: Peter Gabriel, Nial Rodgers, Vince Clarke - Masters in the field of sound

  37. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  38. A: Apart from all my early influences (anyone from Ella, Nina Simone, Otis Redding to Kate Bush, Yazoo, Peter Gabriel) I am enjoying Christine & The Queens, Joan As Police Woman, recent Paulo Nutini, Melody Gardot.

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Terms Of Service

I retain 50% of writers share on songs I write, unless we negotiate otherwise. 1 free revision (a handful of small changes) included. Typical turnaround 7 days depending on complexity of project.

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    Hello everyone,

    I am currently co-producing a song I have written for a new spin-off show from Alex & Co (Disney Italia) called 'Penny on M.A.R.S'. The song 'Never Doubt I Love' will be featured in Episode 1, aired next year. https://youtu.be/9wKgi2FrPgM