Texas-born vocalist and songwriter Abby Anderson was already a seasoned professional when her songs "Let Him Wait" and "This Feeling" made her a country artist to watch. Growing up in a large family, Anderson started playing piano when she was five, and was performing in Nashville at the age of 15. When she was 17, a patriotic song Anderson wrote, "Let Freedom Ring," gained national exposure thanks to an appearance with radio host Glenn Beck. That same year, Anderson moved to Nashville and released her debut EP He Loves Me. In 2017, she earned her big break when she signed with Black River Entertainment; her first single for the label, "This Feeling," was a savvy mixture of pop and country influences that showed off her passionate but personal vocals. The song became an online hit, and the follow-up, "Let Him Wait," a song urging women to wait for the right man, fared even better.
A native of Southlake, Texas, Anderson grew up with five sisters and one brother. Her parents encouraged the children to get involved in music, and she started piano lessons at the age of five. Anderson was something of a tomboy growing up, doing many of the household chores usually reserved for boys, and in middle school, she was the first female in the school's history to play on the football team. Anderson broke into performing when she was in her early teens, and appeared at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium (the one-time home of the Grand Ol' Opry) when she was 15 years old. Before long, she was appearing on bills with such stars as Charley Pride, Lee Greenwood, Peter Cetera, and Peter Frampton. Anderson first received national attention for her work in 2014, when the 17-year-old wrote an adaptation of "My Country 'Tis of Thee" titled "Let Freedom Ring." A recording of her performing the song was posted online, and it came to the attention of conservative radio host Glenn Beck, who played the track on his show and brought Anderson in for a live appearance on the broadcast.
That same year, Anderson left school and relocated to Nashville, eager to move her career to the next level. June 2014 saw the release of a six-song EP, He Loves Me, and Anderson began making the rounds of Music City night spots, performing wherever she could and supporting herself by working as a nanny. In 2017, Anderson landed a recording and publishing deal with Black River Entertainment, with the label surprising her with the contracts while she was performing as part of a charity event at the Ryman Auditorium. In September 2017, she dropped her first song for Black River, "This Feeling," which she co-wrote with Jesse Frasure and Jimmy Robbins. The song clicked with listeners, and was played more than 980,000 times on major streaming services. Her second Black River release fared even better; "Make Him Wait," which Anderson wrote with Tom Douglas and Josh Kerr, made an impact at country radio and racked up over 1,100,000 streams. ~ Mark Deming