Seventeen year old recovers from successful vocal surgery

REGION - Carbondale native Abby Millon, 17, has come a long way since she wrote her first song when she was in the sixth grade — a student Reflections contest entry called “I Can Make A Difference,” which she composed on her Mac computer. Abby had been playing guitar since she was seven years old and began taking lessons from Pastor Ken Platt, who was then serving as music minister at Beach Lake Free Methodist Church. By the time she was in junior high, Abby was writing her own songs, and in 2011 she recorded and released her first CD, “The Dive.” Her music career was starting to take off, but then she hit a very big bump in the road. Earlier this year, she learned that she would have to undergo vocal surgery, a very scary proposition for any teenage girl — but especially one whose life and future plans revolve around her powerful singing voice. Through that trying experience, Abby emerged following a successful surgery and recovery period with a new fire for writing and performing — and a feeling that this was her time to shine, to give everything she had to her music. That, in turn, led to the recording of her new EP, entitled “My Moment.” “I think we all go through life waiting to find our moment, the one where everything comes together and you feel completely whole, like you’re invincible and you finally know where you belong, where you feel at home,” Abby explained. “Our moment is made up of everything we’ve gone through, accomplished, seen, felt, and done. It’s a mix of living in the now and reminiscing in the past. It’s a piece in time that is unlike anything else, and I believe that everyone has one.” The new EP contains four of Abby’s original songs — “Dance Floor,” “Remember December,” “Back Around,” and “Summer Nights” — each of which has special meaning to her. “It’s basically a four-track pop/rock demo CD of me playing these songs with my full band,” she related, “and every one of the songs definitely tells about something specific and important that happened in my life over the past year.” This past Sunday night, Dec. 8, Abby celebrated the official release of the EP with a concert at the ballroom of the Hilton Scranton, where she and her band performed the four original songs on the disc as well as cover tunes like Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie” and Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.” “It’s wonderful to be able to share this moment of time with my family, friends and everyone who’s been supporting me,” she offered. “The release party was also the first time I’ve ever played live with the band behind me, which was a big thrill as well. They really bring my music to life.” Abby said she will be performing locally in support of the new EP, as she continues working to turn her “moment” into musical stardom. She recently played shows at the Corner Bistro and has also performed at Manhattan Manor. For more on her music and upcoming gigs, or to buy a copy of her EP, go online to or look for her Facebook page and follow her there. Abby is the daughter of Rich and Kelly Millon (the former Kelly Flannery of Carbondale), and she has a sister Emily and brother Jacob. The family resides in Honesdale. cutline Abby Millon with the cover of her new EP, "My Moment," at the Hilton Scranton ballroom where she performed the four original songs from the disc with her band on Sunday night. PHOTO BY TOM FLANNERY