Many modern, well known artists have been discovered through social media, such as: Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Austin Mahone, Charlie Puth, and Tori Kelly, to name a few.
Although many aspiring singers still upload covers and original content to YouTube, TikTok is where the majority currently resides. The app has had over two billion downloads, and almost 800 million active users. So, it’s a no brainer why aspiring musicians would be uploading their original songs to TikTok.
Well, 21-year-old singer, Abigail Barlow, skyrocketed after one of her TikTok videos went viral.
Barlow has been uploading covers/music onto TikTok since October of 2015, when TikTok was still the “Musical.ly” app.
However, it wasn’t until earlier this year that Barlow received the recognition that she so rightfully deserves. On February 26th of this year, one of her TikToks went viral, amassing over 2 million views. The TikTok involved Barlow singing a snippet of an original song, called “Trust Issues”. TikTok users rushed to the comment section, begging for the full version of the song. One fan stated that Barlow is “carrying the future of the music industry” on her back.
Since the “Trust Issues” TikTok went viral, Barlow has been contacted by quite a few celebrities — one being the infamous Meghan Trainor. Barlow admitted that Trainor had asked her to write a song and perform a collaboration. According to Barlow, although the song is now complete, it’s up to Trainor as to when she will finally release it.
This year alone, Barlow has released 4 songs that are available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music: “James”, “Lonely In Love”, “Jet Black Hearts”, and “Heartbreak Hotel”. Although the lyrics for “Lonely In Love” are original, the instrumentals were sampled from Charlie Puth. Puth created an upbeat track and challenged his fans to get creative and write their own lyrics. So, Barlow got to work, and put her own lyrical twist onto the song.
“Heartbreak Hotel” is Barlow’s most recent release. Though the single has only been available for three days, it already has over 300,000 streams. It is also currently #19 on the iTunes song charts.
Barlow has since revealed that her EP, ‘Abigail’, will officially be released on August 14th. Although the track list has yet to be announced, Barlow has confirmed that the much anticipated “Trust Issues” will be on the EP.
Per one of her captions on TikTok, Barlow has written over 40 songs in total. Each song has a different hook, and contains lyrics that fans can easily relate to.
We’re looking forward to hearing more of Barlow’s music in the near future, and she truly is the next artist to watch.