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 classical piano player and attempting to learn every pop/rock 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, vocalist, vocal/repertoire coach, and choir director, and has worked on numerous Theatre productions across Canada and Australia.

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) performing with Western Australia's "Los Chasquis", legendary WA Aboriginal band "YABU", as well as the West Australian Opera Company, and The Perth Symphonic Chorus.

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!   

His 2022 album “The Line” has been similarly well received, earning him two semi-finalist positions in the 2023 UK Songwriting Contest and one in the 2022 Dallas Songwriters Association Song Contest. 

"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 in 2018. In 2019 Robert was awarded a Toronto Artscape Foundation Launchpad Bursary and a year earlier the Douglas Cowling Memorial Bursary for Liturgical Music.

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". 

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 Lucky Oceans, 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

Mar3

This is my third collaboration with the Heart Place Rest Lounge. The first was a wonderful experience unique for each person who came. Doors open from 2.30pm, Please arrive to be rested and ready for a 3pm start. Tickets sell fast and spaces are limited. Venue is Heart Place Upstairs above the Hinata Cafe at the Fremantle Fibonaci Centre. "An hour of soothing and meditative piano music being performed live. Music designed to relax, calm, regenerate and inspire contemplation. All in the Heart Place Rest Lounge an air-conditioned studio featuring comfy bean bags, rugs and mats for your comfort. What you do in the hour is up to you. The possibilities are endless: meditate, rest, read, yoga, dream, write, draw or paint, pray, create, or simply sit and let the beautiful music wash over and through you, as you let the power of the live music revive you. You control exactly how you spend these 60 minutes of bliss." There is a shared agreement of holding a quiet and gentle space. Refreshments & tea offered after and you are welcome to stay for a community chat. Heart Place supporting you to place rest in the heart of your day. Heart Place is a Community non-profit : Their Vision is of a compassionate world where we are responsive to the suffering of ourselves and others. Their Mission is to provide educational, healing and community-based activities and practices that promote compassion, connection, community. Together they build the Capacities and Competencies for individual - collective healing, and wellbeing. Rest is vital for healing & wellbeing, at Heart Place they are offering a number of ways to deepen our capacity for rest from our Mindful Rest Workshops & weekly classes to our Rest Lounge: a collective space for exploration of rest and all its benefits. All our events are in partnership with Act-Belong-Commit. Tickets available at www.heartplace.org.au

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