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!

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Credits

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Languages

  • English

38 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Idan Altman
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    thanks abi! pleasure working with you :)

  2. Review by LUXXURY
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    Abi was so pro on every level - amazing songwriting, vocals, great communication, reliable turnarounds with feedback and edits...another dream client! Ready to do it again when you are :)

  3. Review by Patrick Wörner
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    Great time working with Abi & her team - awesome songwriting and vocal performance...very professional!
    The communication was always very friendly and they provided me with everything I needed in a clean and organized fashion. Would gladly do more work again in the future.

  4. Review by Trey Vittetoe
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    It's always such a pleasure to work with Abi. She's a total pro to work with, and such an amazing songwriter. I can't get this recent song she wrote out of my head, so beautiful and emotional. Thank you Abi for allowing me to be a part of your project!

  5. Review by Trey Vittetoe
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    Abi is such a professional musician and an amazing song writer! She never fails to deliver incredible songs. I love working with her!

  6. Review by Idan Altman
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    I had a wonderful time working with Abi, she's a real pro. very clear and has a great ear for detail. Highly recommended!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

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

  11. 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!

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

  13. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interview with Abi Hercules

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

  2. 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.

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

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

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

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

  12. A: Arthur Pingrey

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

  14. 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.

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

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

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

  18. 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?

  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 was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  22. 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.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: Strong storytelling, hooky tunes

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

  26. A: Leave space

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

  28. A: Currently, pop

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: Listening

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

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

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

  34. 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!

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

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

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

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

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Never Doubt I Love (for Disney)

I was the Songwriter (music & lyrics) in this production

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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Gear Highlights
  • Logic Pro X
  • Rode NT1000
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