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posted Friday, December 10, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 50
Abigail shines at Seattle holiday show
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Abigail shines at Seattle holiday show

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Abigail Zsiga has been making my 'Joy Rise' since she burst onto the American dance music scene over 10 years ago. When I'd heard that the dance floor diva - featured more than once at Seattle Pridefest - had gone acoustic, I was intrigued. When I heard that she was scheduled to appear at the Baltic Room on December 3 for a holiday showcase, I knew there was no way I would miss the opportunity to hear stripped-down versions of 'If It Don't Fit' and other hits from the extraordinarily talented vocalist. But I was wrong about the songs she planned to sing for the evening, and I wasn't sorry.

Abigail, always personable and stunningly beautiful, simply walked onto the stage and with the first few guitar chords, instantly connected with the audience. She performed the bulk of her acoustic album Home &again, a stunning collection of songs which express her deepest thoughts, feelings, and observations. She delivered songs from a breathtaking journey of love, loss, and triumph that surveyed a range of emotions and experiences.

We've all heard Abigail, but I'd never really heard her until Friday night. Sure, her strong - yet angelic - voice over the thumpa-thumpa music is a Gay dance dream; but hearing her vocals over the soft sound of an acoustic guitar sent chills through my body and formed tears in my eyes.

I was absolutely impressed with the depth of material on Home &again. Specific stand-out performances included the hauntingly beautiful 'Songbird' and the introspective 'Better With You' in which Abigail proclaims, 'I'm good on my own/but I'm better with you.'

There are two songs, however, that just melt me. In 'It's Not Me' she tells us a story of a relationship where one partner truly realizes that what the other partner needs they cannot be. It is beautiful and sad all at once. 'It's Not Me' is honest. 'Pity the Fool' is an affirmation. 'Pity the Fool' is one of the best breakup songs I've heard in a while. The song is deep, inspirational, and less 'you-go-girl' and more 'moving on.' She delivered the song beautifully onstage, and although she is not the best guitar player - which was cute - I felt I was witnessing something very special. And the audience got it. The room was silent as all eyes were onstage, and you could just feel the love coming from the audience. Fantastic.

Abigail performed a number of traditional Christmas songs, which was nice. She told the audience that she wasn't too keen on a lot of the 'new' Christmas material, so she stuck to more Christmas carols - which fit the format of the show perfectly.

After her set, Abigail took time to meet fans and sign autographs.

Abigail recently released her first hymnal album, Be Still My Soul, and continues to tour the Gay club and dance circuit as well as play acoustic engagements. For more information, including tour dates and where to buy her music, visit www.abigailzsiga.com.

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