Our “EMERGING SIGNED ARTIST” for the month of July is The Abrams! We personally have seen The Abrams perform several times. The most recent was at the Country Music Association of Ontario Fresh Faces showcase in Ottawa. A few years ago they came to our home town of St. Catharines. They give 120% in their performance each and every time they take the stage.
It’s hard for John and James Abrams to recall a time where they weren’t creating and playing music together. As fourth-generation musicians, The Abrams have taken the “family business” to a whole new level with their signing to Warner Music Canada. Believe it or not, they started performing at the age of 9 & 11 ! We love the fact that they are so down to earth, humble and appreciative of their fans. The Abrams have had numerous nominations and awards in their journey so far. They were nominated in 2017 for three awards at the CMAO for Rising Star, Group or Duo of the Year, and Roots Artist or Group of the Year – of which they won the Roots Artist or Group of the Year. This year at the CMAO awards, they were nominated for a second time and won the Roots Artist or Group of the Year!
Going back into their teens, the brothers made their mark at many high profile U.S. bluegrass festivals, and in 2005 they became the youngest Canadians to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. In 2005, the group was named Emerging Artist of the Year at the Canadian Bluegrass Music Awards . In 2006, they received the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin. Their efforts to help support their local hometown community of Kingston, Ontario, is a great example of them giving back, all the love and support they have received at home, out on the road and on their musical journey. It doesn’t stop there - they are very supportive of other musicians trying to make their way in the country music world. Simply put, “They are good people “!
The Abrams have worked with some amazing producers over their career so far – Gavin Brown, Matt Rovey & Chris Brown to name a few. “Working with Gavin Brown has really been about taking all the country, bluegrass and gospel music we grew up playing, and honing it into a sound that’s distinctly us,” notes John Abrams. “Country music is where we feel most comfortable as artists, and on this EP, we’re embracing it differently than we have in the past.” Not only has their performance grown, they have found their feet as songwriters as well. As James Abrams explains, “Over the past two years, John and I have started writing together more than we ever have. It’s been really exciting for me because, as a fiddle player, melodies are flowing through my mind all the time. The emotional qualities of those melodies will suggest a framework for a song, and in a lot of cases, John will then start to flesh it out with some lyrics and we’ll both develop it from there. It’s almost become like building a house; we’ll each bring our own materials and construct it together.” They have performed with acts such as John Hammond, Feist, Dean Brody, River Town Saints, The Dixie Chicks, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Luke Combs.
Make sure you check out their latest release “Better Late Than Never” and their latest video for “Sounds Good To Me” – about the simpler things in life. It was filmed in Hamilton, Ontario. They are out on tour so check their facebook and www.theabramsmusic.com to see when they are in your area. We are thrilled that The Abrams are Canadian and are very proud of how much they have accomplished so young & we just can’t get enough of our brothers from Kingston!
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