Abigail Butcher: Hardworking Creative
I’ve been following Abigail’s journey on social media for a while and I’m so excited for you to read her interview today!
Tell us in one sentence what you do and why you do it.
I write music about the beauty of life that reflects what Jesus is teaching me in each season to bring joy, comfort, and peace to other people who might be going through the same things.
What does it mean to you to be a “hardworking creative?”
To combine a gift of creativity for something raw, unique, and honest with discipline, persistence, and passion to achieve the goal you set out for.
When, how, and why did you start making music?
I started learning instruments from as far back as I can remember and started intentionally songwriting in middle school. I took a few guitar lessons, but ending up teaching myself from YouTube and hours of practice in my bedroom. My mom taught me piano, I taught myself ukulele, and I took a few violin lessons as well. The start of my music began with intimate moments with me, Jesus, and my guitar in my bedroom writing about understanding the process of life, emotions, and relationships — many questions, tears, and heartbreak written on pages and sung into a melody that has brought me healing and peace. Music makes me feel something that nothing else does. It helps me passionately express what is weighing on my heart.
Do you ever feel like it’s hard to be young in the music industry, and if so, how do you combat that?
Absolutely. People constantly assume my ability because of my age. They also assume my maturity when they do not even know who I am and how I grew up. It is also difficult because I am in such a vital growing season of life and can easily be taken advantage of because of innocence. I have to remind myself why I do what I do and that the number of years I have been on earth does not determine my ability and gift in music. My favorite verse when I am struggling with this is 1 Timothy 4:12, which says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”
What was something that surprised you with the process of recording your music—something about the process that you didn’t expect, whether good or bad?
I recorded my first song in the fall of 2018. The most exciting part was the newness of it all — being in a studio, singing harmonies on my own song, and having the power to do whatever I wanted with it. I think the hardest part was explaining to my producer, Zach Berry, my vision for “Rewind” in words. With all the instruments and character in the song, I wanted it to be perfect and have my own unique sound, and that was harder than I thought to work through. But overall, the process felt so natural and confirmed that this is what I want to do.
What advice do you have for young creatives who want to do something with their work but just can’t seem to get off the ground?
Just write. Write again. And write more. Even if you think it’s terrible, write what is on your heart and your struggles, sweetest moments, and about people you love, because you will be thankful you did and your story is one of the biggest things that inspires you. Get out of your comfort zone and don’t be afraid to do something you wouldn’t normally do — like singing at a open mic at a coffee shop, showing people your art, or asking people to promote your work somewhere. Asking never hurts. Also, be disciplined and persistent. That is one of my biggest struggles but I have found it to be my greatest friend.
Do you currently or have you ever had a job besides music? If so, has it hurt or helped your music and how?
I work at a coffee shop, clean houses, lead worship, and babysit. I did a lot of little things. Because I am so young and not well known right now, it has been a good thing because it helps me financially so I can keep recording my music.
What does a typical day in your life look like right now?
Wake up, spend time in God’s word (the best inspiration), and get online to do school. I am a senior in high school and homeschooled. I currently dual enroll so most of my studies are online. Then I usually spend time writing music or spending time with friends at coffee shops and going on adventures. I also invest a lot of time daily in my ministries. I lead worship at my church on Wednesdays and sometimes Sundays and have a girls’ bible study on Tuesdays. I love people so much and take any chance I can get to be in the presence of my favorite humans. They encourage me, inspire me, keep me going, and make me a better woman.
Who are some of your favorite musicians? Do they influence your sound?
Allen Stone, Lauren Daigle, Tori Kelly, Stephen Day, Hollyn, and Ben Rector. Yes, they absolutely influence my soulful, jazzy sound.
What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you regarding your music career?
It’s so hard to pick one but these resonate with me the most — discipline will be your delight. Be honest and real. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.
What’s coming next for you?
I am currently working on a EP and songwriting like crazy. New music is coming and tons of content! These are special days for me and even sweeter to come.
Hey fellow hardworking creatives, what’s one thing you’re taking with you this week from Abigail’s advice?