Abby Christo – Shouldn’t Be Doing This: New Song Of The Day

Aotearoa country music gem Abby Christo unveils heart-felt new single, Shouldn’t Be Doing This.

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Abby ChristoWith her debut single hitting over one million streams and having already performed alongside several country music legends, Aotearoa’s very own country darling Abby Christo is back with her dreamy new feel-good single and video, ‘Shouldn’t Be Doing This’.

Heartfelt, hook-laden and wrapped in rhythm guitars, ‘Shouldn’t Be Doing This’ truly is country music at its finest. Like breathing in warm country air, Abby’s sweet and emotive vocals bring the  songs’ story to life, as she delves into universal themes of whether to trust your head or your heart.

“The song is about falling for a cowboy who you know could break your heart,” says Abby. “But this particular cowboy is treating you right and seems to be an exception to the rule of all cowboy’s being bad-boys. It’s about that battle in your own head: “ I know I shouldn’t be doing this.. I could get hurt”. And then also having the opposite thought: “ I can make my own decisions, and I want to do this.. so I will.”

Supported by NZ On Air and co-written alongside Phil Barton, David Thomson, the vocals for the track were recorded in Sydney, where Abby is currently based, with production, mixing and mastering then taking place in Nashville.

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Also out is the gorgeous accompanying music video, in which Abby spent the entire day filming from sunrise to sunset in the middle of winter; all to catch the perfect moment of sun for the visuals.

“We drove 13 hours out of Sydney to a small (tiny) town called Silverton (also known for where Mad Max was filmed and there are wild donkeys!)” explains Abby. “We were quite literally chasing the sun for the perfect shot and would stand with coats on right up until it was time to shoot. We were lucky enough to randomly stumble across wild horses as we were driving to the second location. The song references horses riding away, so we made the most of it, got the drone out and got the most incredible shots of the horses.”

Abby ChristoHaving recently returned from her songwriting trip to Nashville, today’s single comes after her latest releases ‘Like Me Too’, and ‘Note To Self’; the latter of which reached #8 on the NZ Hot 20 Singles Chart and received widespread local media support including ZM, The Edge, RNZ and The Breeze. ‘Note To Self’ has already reached over 500k streams on Spotify alone and was added to more than 14 editorial playlists globally. This year Abby also performed at FIFA Woman’s World Cup in Auckland and CMC Rocks in Queensland alongside major US acts Morgan Wallen, Zac Brown Band, and Kip Moore.

A self-described ‘Heartbroken Optimist’, Taranaki-born Abby Christo first stepped into the spotlight in 2015, when she appeared on X- Factor NZ as part of duo Mae Valley.  They broke charts with their debut self-titled EP and played alongside global country megastars like Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini. In 2017, Abby spent 2 years finding her voice as a solo artist, penning her debut single ‘Kiss Me Into Monday’, which has had over 1.4 million streams. It was during the pandemic Abby wrote her debut solo EP SLOW DOWN GIRL – an EP that contains her most authentic music yet. She went on to sell out her first headline Sydney show in July 2022, celebrating the release of her EP. With over 4.5 million all-time streams to date and a brand new EP on the way, there’s more gorgeous music to come from this incredible artist. As Abby says, “we are getting on an emotional roller-coaster over the next year or so; this is just the start!”