Singer-songwriter Abby Christo first rose to prominence in 2015, finishing seventh on The X Factor in New Zealand. Shortly afterwards, she became one half of Mae Valley – who went on to sign a record deal with Sony Music.
In their time as a duo, Mae Valley achieved great success – scoring at #1 Country radio hit in Australia and pop-radio impact in New Zealand with ‘Brightside,’ achieving over 2 million streams of their music. Their debut EP also topped the New Zealand iTunes chart.
Mae Valley also opened for Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood’s stadium tour, while also performing at Kelsea Ballerini’s iHeartradio Kiwi showcase.
Despite this early success, Mae Valley surprised fans by splitting up in early 2017 - leaving Abby with the realisation she’d need to start over all again… with no guarantees about anything.
“The past two years have been crazy. I’ve travelled, I fell in love, I turned 21, I wrote so many songs about things that mean so much to me and things that don’t. My career changed. I lost a friendship and I lost support and opportunities that meant the world to me. Times got really hard. At times, I honestly felt like giving up and throwing my music career away for good,”says Christo.
However, eventually she found the inspiration to take control and start afresh as a solo artist.
“One night I drank a glass of my favourite red wine on the floor of my bedroom at midnight and told myself to get my shit together,” she said.
And that she did! Abby Christo got to work on establishing a musical direction and artistic identity all of her own – travelling regularly to Australia as part of that process.
The culmination of that hard work is Abby Christo’s debut single ‘Kiss Me Into Monday’ – released across the world via Sony Music’s global independent distribution powerhouse, The Orchard on April 26, 2019.
Written with hit songwriters Joseph De La Hoyde (Rachel Fahim, Nick de la Hoyde, Paulini) ‘Kiss Me Into Monday’ is a dreamy Pop-Country anthem which Christo describes as ‘the mood booster’
“I can’t wait to share all of my music with you,”said Christo recently on social media. And if ‘Kiss Me Into Monday’ is anything to go by, music fans will be lining up to hear more!