Abbey Killin (Lead Vocalist):
Abbey Killlin is a singer/songwriter raised in a tiny town called Brookville, Ohio. She has been writing songs since she was five years old. She now lives in Carrollton, TX. She loves to write music that's relatable and has a unique story behind it. Her writing style is Pop R&B and a little jazz. She is thrilled to be working with Kyle Herridge, who together write and compose their music. When writing her songs, Abbey's goal is to share emotional intellect through her and other's experiences. She looks forward to collaborating with other songwriters, musicians and singers in the future.
Abbey has a history in musical theatre working her way up from ensemble to lead roles such as Cinderella in Into the Woods and Sandy in Grease. She grew and developed to a different style that is original to her; pop R&B, & jazz. She auditioned for musical theatre for college, but she wasn't sure if she wanted to put all of her eggs in one basket, as she was curious about film/tv as well as other creative avenues like writing. She decided to go to Collin College on Spring Creek and received The Wendy Brantley Memorial Scholarship for The Most Promising Incoming Theatre Student. There, she met Kyle and started developing songs she had written and ones that she created through her college experiences.
The move from Ohio to Texas was difficult but her new experiences in Texas helped her grow as a writer. What sets Abbey apart are the stories she tells in her music and the emotions that she conveys to the listener.
Abbey is a prolific songwriter and along with The Afternoon (which represents all of the creatives she works with), they create emotional pieces of music.
Kyle Herridge (Piano):
Kyle Herridge is a pianist, composer, and local teacher for music theory and piano. He studied music at The University of Texas at Dallas and is currently pursuing his teaching certificate in music. He has performed across Texas in groups specializing in dance, rock, R&B, and cover songs. The songwriting duo between Kyle and Abbey Killin has been active since early 2013. His personal works have blends of rock, pop, jazz, and alternative which consistently finds their way into The Afternoon's music. He has written, recorded, and produced his own albums and songs with past artists. His current endeavors involve venturing into the world of EDM and creating variations on old musical standards
Josh Rudes (Bass):
Josh Rudes was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, where he got his musical start in elementary school on cello. Eventually taking up trombone and electric bass a few years later, he began to receive numerous accolades for those instruments. A move to Plano, Texas and finishing high school at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts shaped his musical path immensely. He became an accomplished jazz bassist and singer, receiving multiple DownBeat Jazz Awards. He was the accepted into the Jazz Studies program at University of North Texas, where he is going into his junior year. Josh now gigs frequently around the DFW area (and beyond!) and has begun his own projects blending the jazz and singer-songwriter genres. His musical palate and versatility has grown a lot, and is excited to be involved as part of Abbey & The Afternoon!
Trenton Barnes (Brass):
Born in Oklahoma City, Trenton Barnes is an instrumentalist and composer studying jazz trombone at the University of North Texas. In addition to trombone, he is also an accomplished vocalist, tubist, trumpeter, and harmonicist. Trenton enjoys performing a variety of styles, including jazz, country, and pop. He currently holds positions in several UNT ensembles as a trombonist and a vocalist, in addition to the position of lead trombonist in the Crosswinds Big Band. Trenton regularly performs around the Dallas area and has performed with the Metropolitan Winds, The Celebration Orchestra, The Frank Obregon Quartet, Aesthetic Trombone Quartet, The Foo McBubba Big Band, and the Texas Dixieland Band. He has also recorded professionally of vocals, trombone, and trumpet. As a composer, Trenton’s originals and arrangements have been performed numerous times in various groups. He is currently looking forward to upcoming performances with the Crosswinds, Metropolitan Winds, Aesthetic Trombone Quartet, and Abbey & The Afternoon.