Member of the Month: Abrina
Honoring women and recognizing their dopeness is what The Wimpact does year round. With March being Women’s History Month, though, this time is a special reminder to honor and empower women in music for deliberately creating their stamp in the music industry. 25-year-old R&B and pop feminist recording artist, Abrina, is one of the amazing women in the industry who leads by example.
Our Wimpact’s March member of the month is highly respected for proudly walking in downtown Los Angeles’ Women’s March and for never giving up when the odds were against her. Abrina is an independent Los Angeles based singer, songwriter who was born and raised in sunny San Diego. This California girl made her dreams come true and she is looking forward to more opportunities to fulfill her desire to uplift and strengthen the next generation of young women.
Through her tumultuous experience in the industry, she has had the privilege of working with other strong women that have helped her along the way, while also having to prove herself to male counterparts. She was candid about the reality she has faced in the music industry and why she stands as a feminist:
“I identify as a feminist because I have been around men who thought a woman shouldn’t be in a higher position than them when it comes to work and business. I have had experiences in my life where I felt ruled out or subjected as easier to take advantage of or weaker because I was a woman. I have seen men be lenient on other men and hard on women and, most importantly, I hate double standards. I hate when men can get away with everything, but a woman gets called out for everything. So as you can see I have a pretty long list. I learned I have so much strength as a woman and have been lucky enough to be around very strong women who have inspired me, so I just want to do the same for other young women around me.”
With a little amount of sleep due to a late night studio session, nothing stopped Abrina from waking up with purpose to march for women.
“There’s real issues we’re fighting for and I knew that me being an artist, and me being all about female empowerment, who was I to not go out there and march. Of course, I just needed to. It’s all about what I am and what I’m trying to be.”
Through her unfortunate encounters and tough lessons with industry drama and politics, she has gotten inspiration for her unflinchingly fierce music. Her girl boss anthem “It Ain’t Nothin’” speaks volumes and showcases how she refuses to back down. It became a radio hit in her hometown.
“My most powerful tool is my music, so definitely I want to continue through the music - putting out little messages here and there about achieving your dreams and pushing and staying positive and never letting anything stop you and all about getting it and making it happen for yourself,” Abrina emphasized.
Creating top music and utilizing her platform redefined her goals. She wants to become more active in helping others because she is made of empathy and compassion. Abrina said, “It’s hard being a young female… We really need to raise strong, intelligent women who are really going to make changes in the future, so I just want to do more. “
Before her patience and determination began to pay off (leading to collaborations with top producers and creators), music had already been a huge part of her life. It runs deep in her Mexican-American bloodline. In her tender years, she took over the stage in dance and junior theatre and performed at family gatherings thanks to her grandfather’s push.
“For Christmas we had a little band play, so he got up and was on the congas,” Abrina said with pure joy in her voice. “You can just see it in his face. He was like the happiest person ever.”
Safe to say, Abrina followed in her abuelo’s footsteps, and naturally her passion for the arts developed and built her career. Her Latin culture is something she learned to incorporate in the beginning of her career.
“From being in the industry and having the opportunity to go to different countries like the Philippines or Latin America and I see that as something that I could add to the world,” Abrina explained. “I want to share part of my culture. People always ask me, ‘Oh, what are you?’ And when they find out that I’m Mexican, they’re taken back ‘like, what.. really?’ I feel like there’s parts of the world where they could really learn and know more about my culture, so I want to share it more with the world. That’s one thing that’s really important to me way more now than it was before.”
At 21-years-old, she left her hometown and moved to Los Angeles. Since then she has accomplished a lot, even with her humble beginnings working in retail. What set off her tour in the Philippines was when her hit song with Baby Bash, “FallBack”, went Top 10.
Her advice to women and those starting out in the industry:
“Make a plan. Have a clear vision. Understand there’s going to be haters. There’s going to be people that have bad intentions. Build thick skin. Stay true to yourself. It’s not necessarily the most talented that make it; it’s the most driven, and that’s in any industry. Just know it’s not easy. Not everybody just hits it big overnight and just gets picked up by a big label like Usher. It’s an organic hustle. It’s literally everyday, just staying on top of it. Never stop. Never let anybody tell you you can’t do something. Always believe in yourself and continue always believing in yourself. Learn from your mistakes. Stay persistent.”
She is gracious, talented and a joy to be around. Her music will bring out the girl boss in you. Some of the girl bosses that inspired her are Selena, Beyonce, TLC and definitely Shakira. Even though she has been compared to “the baddest” JLo, she wants to be in her own lane. The Wimpact applauds her positive influence.
How do you feel about being member of the month for Women’s History Month?
“I feel very honored. Thank you. I am just glad that I someway, some how inspire other women and empower other women. And it’s hard - it’s not easy doing what I do, and just being an artist, and just being out there and having the odds against you and just pursuing what makes me the most happy and what makes me, me. So I’m just glad that through my music and through my hustle, I can at the same time empower other women, so it’s great. It’s amazing.”
Her music is available on iTunes and Spotify. Stay tuned for her second EP and a pre-summer mixtape, in addition to a single with Jonn Hart.