ROBert Graham - Biography

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 Perth 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 across Canada and Australia - most recently the "Broadway Concert Series" featuring several of Canada's premier musical theatre performers at the Meridian Arts Centre in Toronto.

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, and a new EP - this time with his Toronto-based band The Fairest and Best (www.fairestandbest.com). "When I Feel Like This" was 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 and in 2019 Robert was awarded a Toronto Artscape Foundation Launchpad Bursary and a year earlier the Douglas Cowling Memorial Bursary for Liturgical Music. 

"It Could Be You" - a song written to highlight the plight of refugees worldwide was runner up in the 2018 "Songs for Social Change Songwriting Competition" and placed 4th overall in the 2016 Dallas Songwriters Association Song Contest. A new single - "Celebrity" was released on January 1st 2018.

Graham's pop, rock, and soul music has already garnered him award recognition from the BILLBOARD WORLD SONG CONTEST, THE UK SONGWRITING 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". In 2018 he was awarded the inaugural Douglas C Cowling Bursary in Liturgical Music.

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, George Masswohl, LeahyEt Tu Bruce, Chris Birkett, Shooglenifty, and the Cowboy Junkies.

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

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upcoming Events

Previous events

Feb1

"Welcome Back" Concert - featuring Robert and Scarlett Graham with special guests "The Alfalfa Males"!

Ecoburbia, 16 Livingtone Street, Beaconsfield

I am thrilled about this show for so many reasons: thrilled to be doing my first show back in my new (old) home of Fremantle. Thrilled to be performing with my daughter Scarlett. Thrilled to be performing at my sister's venue "Ecoburbia". And thrilled to being sharing the stage with my brother-in-law's band "The Alfalfa Males"! What could be better than that?

Nov3

The Fairest and Best LIVE!

C'est what?, 67 Front St. East, Toronto, ON

Come and see us - you won't regret it!

no cover

Oct6

"The Recaps" present "The Way We Were" - Great Female Artists of the 70's"

C'est what?, 67 Front St. East, Toronto, ON

"The Recaps" return - featuring myself and Barb Scheffler!

 

 

Oct5

Solo show

Ace's Place, Guildwood Parkway, Guildwood

It will be great to be back performing at Aces's Place!

Sep28

Putting the "Fun" back into "Fundraiser"!

Malvern Emmanuel United Church, 25 Sewells Road, Scarborough, ON

Come and check the band out and a bunch of other great acts!

Sep10

"The Recaps" present "The Way We Were" - Great Female Artists of the 70's"

Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth Ave, Toronto

Excited to announce a brand new duo - myself and Barb Scheffler are "The Recaps" and this is our first show!

 

 

Sep8

The Fairest and Best at C'est What

C'est what?, 67 Front St. East, Toronto, ON

Another fun and musical night at C'est What....

Sep7

Broadway Concert Series

Lyric Theatre, 5040 Yonge Street North York, Toronto

The Broadway Concert Series continues - featuring the amazing music of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon - with myself on piano! Featured performers include David Silveste, George Masswohl, Jeff Madden, Ma-Anne Dionisio, and Cailin Stadynk!

 

Aug12

Music Theatre Creation Lab

Randolph Academy of the Performing Arts, 730 Bathurst Street, Toronto

I am back working in the Randolph Kids Program doing our "Write-Your-Own-Musical" series! 

Jun2

Resa's Pieces Singers 2019 Gala

Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue, 100 Elder Street, Toronto

Another wonderful Gala featuring my fantastic Resa's Pieces Singers........a  great mix of choral music on show!

 

 

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