Voice: Abby Vestnys

Senior Abby Vestnys has had a lifelong passion for singing. From meeting celebrities to traveling to various locations, Vestnys shares all that she has experienced and where her passion has taken her.

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Rachel Gauer and Will Hite

Senior Abby Vestnys knew she loved to sing, but she never thought that her vocal abilities would present her with some extraordinary opportunities. Her voice has allowed her to travel to various states to lead worship and conferences, and even audition for a major network television show. The way she sees it, song and music have always been a natural part of her life.

“I have been singing since I was born.  My dad almost got a record label, but he chose family over music. Our house is full of music all the time. And since he’s a pastor, I grew up leading worship at our church. I’ve always just been singing everywhere, all the time. And then, about a year or two ago, my dad and I got to audition for The Voice. They wanted us to be more competitive in our relationship so we declined the offer. Ever since that we’ve been traveling to different churches and leading worship and singing,” said Vestnys.

Photo from Abby Vestnys

As amazing as it was for Vestnys to have the opportunity to be nationally recognized, she and her father have always felt that the ties they have with their family and local community were more important than any they could make on a global scale. Rather than be competitive, they focus on the opposite: being there for one another.

“My dad and I never really fight, we get along really well. We kind of read each other’s minds, like, we’ll just be singing a song and all of a sudden, we’ll just be switching the harmonies back and forth. It’s kind of like tag: we throw [the harmony] back and forth without even having to say anything,” said Vestnys.

Vestnys draws heavily on this familial connection in her singing, as the bond she shares with her dad drives her passion for music.

“I would say my dad is my biggest inspiration. I’m around him all the time and he has kind of taught me everything I know,” said Vestnys.

Despite all she has learned from her father, surprisingly enough, music was not one of them. Yet, Vestnys and her father still had parallel music-upbringings that both included a lack of conventional musical training.

“I’ve actually never had singing lessons or anything like that so I actually know nothing about musical notes or anything. I’m sure anyone in the Casa Choir could surpass my knowledge of actual music. But it’s funny because my dad never learned piano or guitar through lessons, he just learned from his dad. My dad would cheat and just play by ear because he just has that [musical] ear. I’m kind of the same way where I’m not classically trained and I just play by ear,” said Vestnys. 

Though Vestnys is not traditionally trained,  she truly enjoys music as a whole, both because of its simplicity and its ability to transform and join people together.

“I think one of the main things I love about music is you can connect to people in other areas where you normally would have no common interest or common ground at all,” said Vestnys. “Music can have a large impact on anyone, whether that’s in a happy way or you can relate to someone who’s going through a hard time. It’s just easy to relate to people through singing.”

While Vestnys sings mostly through her church, she finds a great deal of meaning through the places and people that her music allows her to communicate with.

“Me and my dad got to go to San Quentin and sing a conference there held by Bob Gough, who is an author. He invited Lauren Daigle who sings the song ‘You Say’―she’s really cool. My dad and I got to sing with her at San Quentin. We got to hear all the inmates’ stories, and just see how our music impacted the inmates in whatever problems they were dealing with. It was really, really cool.”

Though Vestnys has found great success, she notes she likely will not continue singing as a career. In fact, Vestnys plans to study education and is looking at Linfield University and several other colleges to attend next fall. Vestnys explains how her dynamic with her dad will change once she officially moves away from home. 

“Next year when I go to college our dynamic will definitely change because I won’t be able to sing with my dad as much. But I think it’ll always be something that we get to share, it just won’t be as frequent,” said Vestnys.