Name: Abiah (translation: God is my Father)
Represents: Rochester, New York
Style: Art Soul – a unique blend of jazz, soul, gospel, classical and world music.
Influences: Anita Baker, Oleta Adams, Rachelle Ferrell, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughn
Musical Pedigree: Mother was pianist for opera singer William Warfield; cousin of Robert Glasper; Voice major at Syracuse University
Linked In: Backed George Michael, Yolanda Adams, Michael Bolton and Chuck Mangione on various tours, connected with Gordon Chambers and a young John Stephens (John Legend) upon moving to New York City.
Latest Release: Life as a Ballad
Label: MadohMusic/Nia Music Distribution
Inside the Music: A songwriter since 9, Life as a Ballad is Abiah’s statement of progression; driven by content, this album reflects life as most of us live it, not the champagne-inspired imaginings of today’s radio. Built on the collaborative chemistry with Marvin Sewell, Keith Witty and Ulysses Owens, Jr., along with his cousin Glasper, Ballad was recorded in one day as the braintrust aligned to forge in a new direction.
Lead Single: “September” is based on heartbreaks; a rendering of when things go wrong in a relationship, but searches the traces of happiness before things went awry.
Available: November 13th on iTunes and at the following supporters of the Indie Soul movement: Moods Music (Atlanta), Dusty Groove (Chicago), BK Music (Richmond, California), Dimensions (Baltimore), Kemp Mills (Washington, DC), Mr. Mike’s (Harrisburg, PA) and Serious Sounds (Houston).
Social Vibe: website – www.abiahmusic.com Facebook – Facebook.com/abiahmusic Twitter – @abiahmusic
Abiah – “September”