Abby Dobson is the 2016 Artist-in-Residence with the African American Policy Forum (AAPF). A Sonic Conceptualist Artist, Dobson’s sound is the alchemy of R&B/Soul, jazz, classic pop, gospel, and folk, forging a gem that erases musical boundaries. Abby has performed at venues such as S.O.B's, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Apollo Theater, Blue Note Jazz Club, Queens Museum, and The Tonight Show (Jay Leno). Her debut CD, "Sleeping Beauty: You Are the One You Have Been Waiting On” was released in 2010 to glowing reviews. Featured on Talib Kweli’s album “Gravitas” on “State of Grace”, Abby was also nominated for a 2014 BET Hip Hop Award for Best Impact Song. Abby received a Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor’s degree from Williams College in Political Science and History. Her interests have been deeply impacted by intersectionality discourse and critical race theory. An artist and independent scholar, Abby’s interests focus on the intersection of race and gender in the imagination, creation, and consumption of music. A sampling of recent presentations include: International James Baldwin Conference at American University of Paris (2016), Association for the Study of African American History and Life Conference (2013-2015); Anna Julia Cooper Project at Tulane University (2013); and National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) Conference (2013). Passionate about using music as a tool for empathy cultivation, Abby creates music to inspire audiences to reflect on the world in which we live and engage in action to promote transformative social change. Abby creates music to privilege black female voices and highlight the human condition. Inspired by AAPF’s social justice work, Abby composed and performs "Say Her Name" in tribute to the black women lost to state and non-state violence. Abby also volunteers with the National Organization for Women, NYC Chapter’s Activist Alliance serving as a member of its Intersectionality Committee. Abby is currently wrapping up recording for “Sister Outsider”, her highly anticipated follow up to her debut album, slated for release in 2016. www.abbydobsonsings.com
Singing My Story, Writing My Truth: Coming to Voice and Empowerment through Song - Music and the arts are like medicine in times of turmoil and war. Creating music based on one’s own story is a form of self-care. This workshop is geared to help facilitate the revelations, healing and joy that owning and sharing one’s story through creative expression and song can bring. In this playful workshop, we will create a brave space together through singing, songwriting, storytelling and active listening to explore, discover and recover our authentic voices powered by our own stories, knowledge, and dreams. We will explore embodied singing and songwriting to encourage us to sing and sound our truth(s). We will also free write and use our thoughts to create a sonic journal in a sister circle arranged to help each woman/girl create some of the very tools she needs to be restored, starting with her voice, her breath, her experiences and her intentions.