AbiYah (Ah-bee-ya) Yisrael is a rising reggae artist currently working with an independent label, Chayah Studios, which she co-owns in Caste Bruce, Dominica. She also works closely with Ever Blazzing Production out of Germany. From the tender age of 6 she has been involved in music, taking part in various competitions and live shows; emerging as 3rd runner up in the Dominica Calypso Finals in February, 2021. In 2012, while using the moniker “Nicole Christian,” she released a gospel album called “Speak To Me.” That same year AbiYah was enrolled at the University of the West Indies – Cavehill Campus – where she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. There, her perspective on religion, life and history shifted causing her to pull back from gospel music for approximately 6 years.
AbiYah has now re-emerged as a new artist singing what she refers to as “Truth Music.” Her music is heavily influenced by the songs of Nasio Fountaine, Jah9, Marcia Griffiths, Denis Brown, Lucky Dube, Aretha Franklin, Yolanda Adams, among many others. AbiYah identifies herself as an African, a daughter of the nation of Israel and her music reflects those views.
Clear as the crystal waters of Dominica, AbiYah delivers vintage sounds of Afro-Caribbean roots meshed with a spiritual lyrical adroitness. This is heard through her new and prior releases such as: “Africa Time” (2021) on the Reconciliation Riddim produced by Lavoro Duro of South Africa, “Great And Mighty” (2021), “Eat Clean Live Clean” (2021), “Protect Me” (2021), “Love In My Heart” (2020) on the Empathy Riddim, again produced by Lavoro Duro, “Bloodshed In The City” (2020), “Calabash Running Over” (2020), “Herb Tree” (2020) and “Corona Virus (Plan-demic)” (2020). “Calabash Running Over” and “Herb Tree” are on the ‘Prayer Riddim’ and ‘I Great Riddim’ respectively, both were produced by Francis Kaumba from Ever Blazzing Production. AbiYah is destined to take on the great commission of enlightening others through her music so they become aware of themselves and identity.