Robert Graham

Growing up both in British Columbia and Western Australia, from an early age Robert Graham divided his time equally between honing his skills as a piano player and attempting to learn every song on the radio! He continues the journey in Toronto as a professional musical journeyman, creator and collaborator.

 

Together with his songwriting and performing, Graham maintains a career as a Music Director, pianist, accompanist, vocalist, and vocal/repertoire coach and has worked on numerous Theatre productions acrsos Canada and Australia - most recently "Seeking Refuge" at the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival.

His collaborations have included several multi-genre bands and ensembles - touring the UK with Canadian roots supergroup "Tanglefoot" (Winner - Best Vocal Group - 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards) and performing with Australia's "Los Chasquis" (Perth, Australia) 

His debut album, "STORM IN A TEACUP", produced by CHRIS BROWN (Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, Kate Fenner, DJ Logic) was a wickedly eclectic album of multi-genre gems, described as "ingenious, sophisticated pop music with more twists and turns then your average Agatha Christie thriller."

Follow up singles followed, with a new EP - this time with his new band The Fairest and Best - released in the fall of 2015 (www.fairestandbest.com). The new EP has already been added to the playlist of over 100 radio stations across North America and 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 Robert has ever watched! A song from the EP was also added to the City of Toronto's "Music 311" playlist.

"It Could Be You" - a song written to highlight the plight of refugees worldwide placed 4th overall in the 2016 Dallas Songwriters Association Song Contest.

Graham's pop, rock, and soul music has already garnered him award recognition from the BILLBOARD WORLD SONG CONTEST, THE DALLAS SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION SONGWRITING CONTEST, THE "SONG OF THE YEAR' CONTEST, THE IRL MIDEM FRANCE CONTEST, and THE EVENTIDE SONGWRITING CONTEST. His songs have also elicited licensing deals in Australia and Italy, been included on several compilation CDs, and appeared in two feature films - including the Canadian film "Clean Break". 

Guest appearances on the "Storm in a Teacup" include NYC heavyweights TEDDY KUMPEL (Joe Jackson, Rickie Lee Jones, Feist, Trent Reznor), ANTON FIER (Herbie Hancock), ROB JOST (Tony Scherr Trio, Ursa Minor), and TONY SCHERR (Bill Frisell, Norah Jones), with cameos from ERIC SCHENKMAN (Spin Doctors) and FORD PIER (DOA, the Rheostatics), not to mention Kingston Ontario's own Andy Love, Dan Charbonneau, Alec Barken, and Eli and John Abrams of the fabulous ABRAMS BROTHERS.

He has shared the stage with such diverse acts as the Chilina Kennedy, Ma-Anne Dionisio, David Wilcox, Natalie McMaster, KellyLee Evans, Beverley Mahood, Mark Cassius, Jay Davis, Gabi Epstein, LeahyEt Tu Bruce, Chris Birkett, Shooglenifty, and the Cowboy Junkies.

Robert Graham has lived in British Columbia, Perth Australia and now lives in Toronto, Ontario.

The Fairest and Best

Combining the best of youth and experience, this six piece band from Toronto Canada delivers instantly memorable hooks, exhilarating four-part harmonies, and an eclectic mix of musical genres – from pure delicious pop, to heart wrenching ballads and driving rock – all wrapped in arrangements packed with genuine emotion. 

Their debut EP "When I Feel like This" features three gems from the catalogue of award-winning songwriter and frontman Robert Graham  (www.robertgraham.org) – with a wonderous cameo from the stunning young Canadian songbird Caitlin Holland. The EP has already  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. A follow-up single "It Could Be You" a song written to highlight the plight of refugees - worldwide placed 4th overall in the 2016 Dallas Songwriters Association Song Contest.

The Fairest and Best are real "music lovers" band -  you'll find it ALL here and it's ALL ORGINAL!  Pop, rock, soul, jazz, Latin, country, blues, reggae, new wave, and even power ballads! There songs are multi-genre, highly eclectic, but all performed with heart, humour, hooks, and harmony. But don't take their word for 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)

"Ingenious, sophisticated pop music with more twists and turns than the average Agatha Christie thriller..." (BBC Tees)

"It sounded like Huey Lewis and the News were having sex with Supertramp while Steely Dan watched (smoking a cigarette)......"

.....a trippy, eclectic collection of pop, rock and blues – with hints of jazz  and soul – accompanied by some stand-out musicians and vocalists....... a big range of emotional and musical expression ....  combines the whimsical poignancy of Beatles storytelling with the dark social commentary of The Police’s “Synchronicity II”.....(Life With More Cowbell)

As well as Graham and Holland the band features drummer Nigel Maynard (Mr Handsome 2), guitarists Darryl Wood (Mr Expressive), Brant Garratt (The Young Buck), and bassist Gerry Williams (the Respectable One).

In its short existence the band is already establishing a reputation for wildly entertaining, humorous, and thought provoking live shows at several of Toronto's premier venues including The Horseshoe, Lee's Palace, The Cameron House, and The Silver Dollar  The songs, which are written by Graham, have already garnered  award recognition from the BILLBOARD WORLD SONG CONTEST, and the DALLAS SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION SONGWRITING CONTEST. Several songs have secured licensing deals in Australia and Italy, secured radio airplay in several countries, and were featured in the Canadian feature film"Clean Break", as well as the Australian feature film "From Parts Unknown" - Fight Like a Girl!"

With showcases at Indie Week Canada, Canadian Music Week, and The International Pop Overthow Festival already under their belt, The Fairest and Best are ready to burrow into your both your heart and your eardrums – and stay there!

For more information - and to meet the band members please click on "MY BAND  - THE FAIREST AND BEST."

Here's a video of us rehearsing our upcoming single "Celebrity" - featuring our drummer Nigel dazzling on a tiny stripped-down kit - followed by a recent live performance of the same song (for the full effect). More live videos follow:

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Upcoming Shows

  • Aug 9
    The Cadillac Lounge,  Toronto
     
  • Aug 20
    Pearson Airport,  Toronto
     
  • Aug 27
    Wolfe Island Grill,  Wolfe Island
     

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