THE FAIREST AND BEST (2013-2019)

Robert formed the "The Fairest and Best" (www.thefairestandbest.com) in Toronto in 2013 and the band performed throughout Toronto and Ontario until late 2019, which was when Robert moved to Australia. Robert formed and led the band, wrote most of the songs and shared lead-singing duties with the amazing vocalist Caitlin Holland. The lineup changed over the years but the core of the band consisted of Robert, Caitlin, together with guitarist/vocalist Darryl Wood, and bassist/vocalist Gerry Williams. Other valued members over the years included Brant Garratt, Marko Stojanovich, Jimmy Reilly (guitar), and NIgel Maynard, Tony Nesbit-Larking, and Justin Han (drums)

Combining the best of youth and experience, Robert's band The Fairest and Best delivered instantly memorable hooks, exhilarating four-part harmonies, and an amazingly varied 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" made quite an impact: 

1. Licensing: Three all-network sync licensing contracts (The Discovery Channel, Fox Sports and The NASCAR Network) plus 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!) 

2. Radio: added to the playlists of over 100 radio stations across North America.  

3. Awards: Two runners-up awards in the 2015 Dallas Songwriters Association Song Contest, semi-final in the 2016 "Song Of The Year" contest, and being added to the City of Toronto's "Music 311" playlist. 

Their follow-up single "It Could Be You" - a fundraiser about the plight of refugees was named runner-up in the 2018 "Songs for Social Change" Songwriting Competition, and also claimed 4th place overall in the 2016 Dallas Songwriters Association Song Contest. Their new single and video "Celebrity" dropped on Jan 1st 2018. 

"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) 

In its short existence the band established a reputation for wildly entertaining live shows. They showcased at Canadian Music Week, Indie Week, POP Overthrow, YYX LIVE and performed at several of Toronto's premier venues including The Horseshoe, Lee's Palace, The Silver Dollar, The Cadillac Lounge, and The Cameron House. The songs, which were written by Graham, garnered award recognition from the BILLBOARD WORLD SONG CONTEST, and the DALLAS SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION SONGWRITING CONTEST (among others), secured licensing deals in Australia and Italy, radio airplay in several countries, and were featured in the Canadian feature film"Clean Break", and the Australian feature film "From Parts Unknown" - Fight Like a Girl!" 

More info at www.thefairestandbest.com 

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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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