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Vocalist Abby Burke: Who are we?

Dr. Abby Burke - Vocal Artist

“Dr.” Abby was born and raised in Cambridge, MA. Formal training began with a series of “Living Room Jazz Listening Sessions” with her Uncle, saxophonists Al Steverson . It was his desire to teach her ears to “truly hear what was going on.” It was years later when she realized how invaluable those lessons would become.
After high school she was accepted to several of the nation’s finest conservatories including Julliard, Manhattan and Boston Conservatory. She ended up at Boston Conservatory as a Musical Theater Major, where she studied voice with world-renowned Baritone, Robert Honeysucker.

During her time in Boston, Abby began singing and performing with a variety of groups in the greater New England area. As with the music world, ultimately she began to work as a performer several nights a week. After a successful stint with a Disco Show band called Darker Side, Abby traveled to Nashville TN. In the pre-General Jackson Showboat days Abby was featured at Nashville’s Opryland USA in the “1982 Showboat Show and 1983 Sing TN.” After leaving Nashville, Dr. Abby traveled to Connecticut where she was the lead vocalist with the 11 piece big band “Bill Hinds’ Top Brass”. It was here that she employed all of the skills learned from her youth. It was in Connecticut that she met and fell in love with her life and soul mate, saxophonist Glenn Burke. In 1990 they married and in 1998 they relocated to Nashville TN. It was at this time Dr. Abby found the Nashville Jazz Scene by way of the Nashville Jazz Workshop. In the months that followed, Dr. Abby quickly became a respected member of the jazz/music community and a NJW faculty member.

Throughout her life, Dr. Abby has been afforded the opportunity to perform with/and learn from some of the music world’s greats. From the Metropolitan Opera’s Diva Leontyne Price; to the funktified rhythms of Donald Byrd and the Black Birds to the angst filled grace of a love song with Phoebe Snow back to the sultry smoothness of 70’s great Englebert Humperdink, and the more recent, spirit driven Praise & Worship of Psalmist Pastor Danny Chambers, in her own performances, Abby Burke embraces them all.

Dr. Abby has played traditional Jazz and Blues at venues in the greater Nashville/Southeast area along with several areas throughout the North East. She is also an expert in the art of Cabaret Theater and a respected “Spiritual Song” clinician. She has been afforded the opportunity to perform and record with the Nashville Symphony, guest artist with the Columbus OH, Charlotte NC, Tucson AZ and Paducah KY symphonies. In 2011, Dr. Abby along with her husband Pastor Glenn formed the blues group “Abby Burke and The Soul Catchers.”

Abby Burke & Friends

Abby Burke, with her dynamic voice, commanding stage presence, statuesque appearance and an infectious joy for what she does, along with her "Friends" invites you to hear music that will shake your soul. From the sensuous musical sounds of R & B to hard-hitting retro Funk, AB & Friends have become a force on the Nashville music scene. AB & Friends is a five to six piece group comprised of seasoned veterans of the Nashville music scene, who spin their own take on the band’s music.

Known throughout the south east as the band that can do anything, they live by the motto: "You ask...and we WILL make it happen!"



Abby Burke and The Soul Catchers are on a mission to spread LIGHT throughout this world by using “Praise Filled Blues”..yes Blues! Love for their mission comes through in every power packed performance! From the joyous simplicity of "Satisfied" to the deep down wail of "Sweet Honey from the Rock," Abby Burke and THE SOUL CATCHERS is ready to catch...catch Your Soul! THE SOUL CATCHERS is a partnership between The Burke's and some of Nashville's finest players which resulted in a premier spirit filled and blues driven band. Our name reflects our goal of capturing your emotions and passions. Our visions and stories are shared through our music and performances. Take a journey with us as we lay it down for you. Performing original compositions and some select cover songs and the availability to travel anywhere, we can provide world class entertainment for any type of engagement.