HISTORY Abbie began singing Jazz standards with The Galvanized Jazz Band in 2001 and has since cut her teeth as a vocalist with The Stan Rubin Orchestra, Vince Giordanos Nighthawks, The New Deal Orchestra and Herb Gardners Groundhog Band. Her singing style has been compared to Billie Holiday and Norah Jones.
Abbies interest in music started as a young child. She played flute classically throughout school and began singing in a cappella groups in 1992. As the musical director for the Boston University Treblemakers, Abbie released an a cappella CD in 1997 called Treble in The Waters. In 1998, Abbie began playing guitar and has been writing and performing original acoustic blues/folk songs since then, with independent recording efforts Tea and a Cookie, Southern Rain, and self-titled CD Abbie Gardner. Performing in coffee shops across the country led Abbie to develop the Open Mic Directory, a portion of her website that has been an invaluable resource to independent musicians nationwide since 1999. Abbie was recently named a finalist in the 2003 Hank Williams Songwriting Contest and a runner-up in the 2003 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, folk category, for her original songs The Game of War and One Love.
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