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Abi Ann was handpicked to open for Kelly Clarkson

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Abi Ann didn’t expect much to come out of this summer. That is, until Kelly Clarkson came calling.

The 18-year-old was handpicked by the Grammy Award winner to open for her summer tour.

“It was quite a surprise,” she says during a recent phone interview. “It’s been great and a fun time. I’ve learned so much.”

Now 18, country singer Abi Ann will begin college at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., after her tour.

Now 18, country singer Abi Ann will begin college at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., after her tour.

While Clarkson is an accomplished singer, Abi Ann is in the early stages of her career and would love to emulate Clarkson’s career.

And she’s got a great start. Abi Ann released her first EP, “17,” earlier this year.

“The songs were all assembled in summer 2014,” she says. “I wrote two of the five songs and it was pretty fun when we were choosing the songs.”

Abi Ann says it wasn’t about how many writing credits she could get on the album.

“It was about finding the songs that went together and made for a great album,” she says. “The album is representative of who I am as an artist.”

While the writing process varies for all songs, Abi Ann admits some of her best songs come from rage.

“Those songs are the types that are really fun,” she says.

Her current single, “Future Ex-Boyfriend,” wasn’t written by her, but she wanted the song.

“I heard it in a publishing meeting and I crossed my fingers that it was good,” she says. “This quickly became one of my favorite songs that I worked on.”

Abi Ann soon will be finished with touring and will begin her first year at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., where she will study entrepreneurship.

“I’ve always wanted to learn more about business,” she says. “I’ll be taking online courses as well as classes that will be compacted to seven weeks. The university is working with me to get my education done.”


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