Welcome to my website!
My name is Robert Graham - I am a Toronto based Canadian/Australian pianist and singer/songwriter. I am also a Music Director, accompanist (vocal, instrumental and dance), pianist, Choir Director, vocal/repertoire coach, entertainer, and educator. My biggest musical passion is my band "The Fairest and Best"! So let's start there:
My song "When I Feel Like This (performed by my band The Fairest and Best" ) has been added to the City of Toronto's "Music 311" playlist - which means when you call the city about your garbage not being picked up - you will be soothed by the band. It will make you feel better!
Speaking of my band - we released our new single and video "It Could Be You" earlier this year. All proceeds from the sale of the song go to the International Red Cross for their work with refugees worldwide. The song placed 4th overall in the 2016 Dallas Songwriters Association Song Contest - you can read the review by clicking the "reviews' tab above. I was also pleased to hear that the video was featured at a Multicultural Conversations Project forum held on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia. You can see it here:
Our first EP - "When I Feel Like This" - a sophomore release to my solo debut "Storm in a Teacup". The EP has already has elicited three all - network sync licensing contracts (The Discovery Channel, Fox Sports and The NASCAR Network) as well as contracts from thirteen individual shows - including I Am Cait, The Real World, Bad Girls Club, Total Divas and three Kardashian shows - none of which the band has ever watched! It has also been added to the playlists of over 100 radio stations across North America and two songs garnered runner up placements (in two categories) of the 2015 Dallas Songwriters Association Song Contest as well as a semifinal placement in the 2016 "Song Of The Year" contest. You can hear it by clicking clicking on "Have a Listen" (to the right) or you can download it here:
Here's the first video from the EP - "One Little Sign"
We like to say we are the most eclectic band in Canada!
THE FAIREST AND BEST are a real "music lovers" band - delving into ALL ORIGINAL pop/rock/soul/jazz/blues/country/Latin/reggae/and even power ballads!
Or as a couple of recent reviwers put it:
"I have no idea what genre this is, it's just good......something I won't be able to get out of my head for days." (KAMP Radio)
"It sounded like Huey Lewis and the News were having sex with Supertramp while Steely Dan watched (smoking a cigarette) "Nelson Sobral)
We recently finished as runners-up in the "Alive and Kicking Band showcase held at "Revival" in Toronto.
Here's a video of us rehearsing our soon-t0-be released video "Celebrity" - featuring our drummer Nigel dazzling on a tiny stripped-down kit followed by a live version!
Here's what we look like (serious shot)
And again (goofy shot)
BUT ENOUGH ABOUT THE BAND......
There are several other things to explore here so here is a general roadmap for you!
You can buy my songs (bless you!) and other merchandise at the STORE tab above.
If you want to just listen my songs you can by clicking on the HAVE A LISTEN! sidebar on the right.
Please also check out my bio, reviews, radio interviews, news, photos, links, and blog tabs while you are here! (see top of the page)
STORM IN A TEACUP - THE ALBUM
My debut album "STORM IN A TEACUP", was well received by critics and punters alike - you can find out more about it at the tab above called "My debut album - "Storm in a Teacup".
2. MY THEATRE CAREER
If you want to learn more about my career in the Theatre as an Music Director, vocal/repertoire coach, pianist, dance accompanist and accompanist or my work as a choir director - please click on the relevant tabs on the top of the page. My general resume is available at the RESUME tab and my Theatre specific resume is available at the MUSIC DIRECTOR tab.
3. THE ENTERTAINER
As well as being a songwriter I also know thousands of other people's songs - from Beethoven to ZZ Top! If you are interested in hiring me to perform please check out the ENTERTAINER tag above. There is video there of me performing a medley of just a few of the songs in my extensive song list - plus a video of what I can do as a solo pianist without vocals. A sample song list is also provided.
I am happy to report that after a long battle my friend Jose Figueroa has been granted his freedom (and has also been granted permanent residency) after being forced into sanctuary over two years ago! Thanks to The Immigration Minister John McCallum for granting Jose this freedom to be re-united with his family. We are still fighting for Jose to officially clear his name of any terrorism charges
A recent song I wrote called "YOU ARE WELCOME HERE" is available to download! All proceeds from the download go to the "We are Jose" campaign - to raise funds to help pay for the legal defence of Jose - a Salvadoran refugee facing deportation from Canada for his non-violent opposition to the right-wing military dictatorship in EL Salvador in the 1980s. He had been forced into sanctuary in a Langley church in an effort to avoid deportation. This is a cause very dear to my heart and I would love your support.
You can download the song here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertgraham3
A video for the song - made by Jose himself can be seen here:
Thanks so much for visiting my site - please stick around and explore - and leave your name on my mailing list!