I will be launching my band new band "THE FAIREST AND BEST" at the Central (603 Markham Street Toronto) on Monday May 13th at 7pm. Very excited! More detail can be found by clicking the GIGS tab above. See you there!
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, pianist, vocal/repertoire coach, entertainer, and educator.
There are several things to explore here so here is a general roadmap for you in three easy steps!
1. MY SONGS
If you are interested in learning more about my original music please read on. Also:
You can hear my songs by clicking on the HAVE A LISTEN! sidebar on the right.
You can download my songs by clicking on the DOWNLOAD MY MUSIC tab above.
You can buy my songs and other merchandise at the STORE tab above.
You can see video of my songs at the VIDEO tab above.
Please also check out my bio, reviews, radio interviews, news, photos, links, and blog tabs while you are here! (see above)
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 please click on the relevant tabs above. 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 in your establishment 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 list of songs is also provided.
I am pleased to announce another concert in support of Jose Figueroa and the "We Are Jose" campaign. For those of you who don't know I have been actively involved in the campaign to lift the shameful deportation order on Salvadoran refugee Jose Figueroa. This man faces being ripped away from his wife and young family unless money can be raised for his legal representation. The concert will be held at The Lower Ossington Theatre in Toronto on May 24th at 7:30 pm. More details at the "GIGS section of this website. More details about Jose can be found at www.wearejose.com
Prominent San Francisco based Music Licensing Company DEFACTO MUSIC INC has asked for my complete catalogue of songs. They have place thousands of tracks in over 175 shows in the last five years. Here's hoping that can place some of mine soon!
I am excited to report that two of my songs from my 2009 album "Storm in a Teacup" have been picked up to be part of a new Canadian movie called "Clean Break". "Reaching You" and "Set it Free (Afro-Astro Mix)" were chosen to be part of the film which will be released in earlier 2013. More details here:
BELIEVE IN LOVE!
My new single "BELIEVE IN LOVE" is ready for download! Soon after it's release the song was named as one of three Canadian songs of the day for the CBC Content Factory/Syndication music service for CBC Radio One stations across the country.
""Believe in Love" was also chosen to be on the "SOUNDS LIKE CAFE" CD compilation volume 36 and 37 which will be distributed to 1200 cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, bookstores, and wineries throughout Australia. These compilations also include artists such as the Trews, Paul Kelly and Sarah Blasko. It also placed second overall in the Love Song category of the the 2012 DALLAS SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION SONG CONTEST, and successfully garnered a FACTOR demo grant, a Federal government grant to cover the costs of recording the mastering the song. It also reached the top 5% in the 2012 SONG OF THE YEAR contest.
IT'S ALL YOURS!
If you would like a FREE download of "Believe in Love" or any of my songs please click the "HEAR AND DOWNLOAD MY MUSIC" link above.
If you are one of the rare and lovely people who still believe artists should be paid for what they do you can support my music and pay 99c for the new single here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertgraham2. If you want to buy the whole album please click on the STORE tab above or click here: http://www.robertgraham.org/store.
Please note that if you choose to download my songs you will not get to see the photo of me and my twin brother Mark earning equal third place in the "Great Sunshine Coast Talent Contest" ( a recorder duet!) in 1981 which can only be found in the hardcopy artwork (just saying....)
T-shirts are also available now! (see below)
Thanks for your support!
ROBERT GRAHAM - SINGER/SONGWRITER
In 2009 I released my debut album "STORM IN A TEACUP".
The album was produced by CHRIS BROWN (Bourbon Tabernacle Choir) and features some of the finest musicians in North America including ERIC SCHENKMAN (Spin Doctors), TEDDY KUMPEL (Rickie Lee Jones, Feist, Trent Reznor), ANTON FIER (Herbie Hancock, the Lounge Lizards), TONY SCHERR (Bill Frisell, Norah Jones), FORD PIER (DOA, the Rheostatics), not to mention and Eli and John Abrams of the fabulous ABRAMS BROTHERS. A complete list of the wonderful musicians who played on it can be seen in the "BIO" section of this site.
Since it's release "Storm in a Teacup" has been recognized in a some notable (and also slightly bizarre) ways:
- 2010 BILLBOARD WORLD SONG CONTEST (Honorable Mention)
- 2011 DALLAS SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION SONGWRITING CONTEST (semi finalist)
- IRL MIDEM FRANCE 2011 Contest (finalist)
- iSTARS TALENT CONTEST 2011 (runner up)
- Inclusion in the soon-to-be-released Australian feature film "From Parts Unknown - Fight Like a Girl" (trailer here: http://youtu.be/q3sNlHVDTHY
- In-store radio licensing deal for the territory of Italy through Machiavelli Music
- Inclusion in the Post Media National Playlist
- Inclusion in the Songwriter's Association Canada (SAC) CBC Radio 3 Member's Playlist
- Selection in the libraries of various Music Licensing Companies including Crucial Music (CSI, Weeds)
- Radio airplay in various countries and radio features and interviews on the CBC, ABC, BBC, and NPR
- Inclusion in the DIVERSITY MUSIC GROUP After Dark Compilation CD
- Inclusion in the UE3 Artist Sampler CD Austin Spring 2012
- Extensive press and blog coverage (see "Press")
More details about all of this can be found in the NEWS of this website. .
I continue to write and have a whole bunch of new songs which I am playing live in the Toronto area, both with my band "THE FAIREST AND BEST" and solo. Please check out the GIGS tab above to see where I am performing next. Details about the boys in the band are available at the BLOG tab above.
KEEP IN TOUCH!
Take some time to browse awhile, and DO leave your email address on my list (see the top right hand corner of this page). If you click on the Facebook and Youtube icons above there is more to see. ("Likes" are appreciated too!)
The new "Storm in a Teacup" T-Shirts are here! Show your support for independent music with these cool retro looking tees (as modeled by Cleandra Cousins). They come in men and women's styles and all different sizes - and they can be yours for only $15 (or $25 with a copy of the CD) Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want one!
Thanks a lot for visiting my site! Please stay and explore and don't forget to leave you email address and stay in touch!
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