Austin, Texas recording artist / songwriter Ariel Abshire is currently recording her fourth studio album, a decidedly edgier pop record that marks a departure from her earlier work. While Ariel’s music has evolved into a modern pop sound, she honed her craft by singing classic hardcore country as a child at Austin honky-tonks and dance halls with Texas Music Hall of Famer Alvin Crow. For years, Austin’s legendary Broken Spoke was Ariel’s second home where her talents were nurtured by the likes of Pinetop Perkins, Clifford Antone, and countless other Austin greats.
Ariel’s debut, self-penned indie-pop album “Exclamation Love” was immediately snatched up by San Diego label, Darla Records (My Morning Jacket, Robin Guthrie) and released when she was just a teenager. The record made several top ten lists and received critical acclaim from such A-list sources as The Boston Globe, The Austin Chronicle, Exclaim! and Some Velvet Blog. And the live act that followed earned her a spot on The Austin Chronicles Top Ten Female Vocalists list of 2009. She has subsequently released two more well-received albums of original music, “Still So New” and 2015’s “Unresolved.”
Ariel has been an official SXSW showcasing act four times and currently performs solo or with a band in venues across Texas. Along with her personal projects, Ariel’s voice can be heard singing the theme song on the soundtrack of a Robert Rodriguez feature film and as a guest singer on Matt Pond PA’s EP “Spring Fools” (Altitude Records). Additionally, Ariel has also sold the publishing rights to several of her original songs (FirstCom Music) and had placements on such shows as “Dancing With the Stars” and “Extra.”