Ben Abraham (musician)

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Ben Abraham
Origin Melbourne, Australia
Genres
Years active 2015–present
Labels Secretly Canadian
Website benabraham.com.au

Ben Abraham is an Australian folk singer and songwriter from Melbourne. Ben has collaborated with artists such as: Kesha, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Demi Lovato and Sara Bareilles. His song "Praying" by Kesha (which he co-wrote with Kesha and Ryan Lewis) [1] was a hit single worldwide.

Abraham's parents were both musicians who played together in the Indonesian pop group Pahama.[2] Abraham initially sought to become a screenwriter, and concurrently began songwriting while working in a hospital. In 2014, he self-released a debut album, Sirens, in Australia, which he described as "basically a roadmap of my awkward naïve insecure 20s".[3] In March 2016, the album was picked up for international distribution and reissued by Secretly Canadian.[4] The album includes the track "This Is On Me", which features American vocalist Sara Bareilles,[5] as well as appearances by fellow Australian Gotye.[6] In 2016 and 2017, Abraham also collaborated with such artists as Wafia, Ta-ku, and Wrabel on their respective singles "Heartburn", "Meet in the Middle", and "Bloodstain." Abraham's voice has been compared to Guy Garvey and Peter Gabriel.[7] CMJ's Eric Davidson calls Abraham's voice "delicate yet booming" and Sirens a "strong, electro-soul" record.[8] At the APRA Music Awards of 2018 he won the Overseas Recognition Award and was nominated for Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year.[9][10][11]

Discography[edit]

Collaborations[edit]

  • "Speak" from "Sirens" (self-released track, 2014, reissued Secretly Canadian, 2016 sung with Gotye)
  • "This Is On Me" from "Sirens" (self-released track, 2014, reissued Secretly Canadian, 2016, written and sung with Sara Bareilles)
  • "Love Somebody" and "Meet in the Middle" from "(m)edian" EP- Ta-ku x Wafia (tracks, co-wrote in 2016)
  • "Window Seat"- Wafia x Thompston (single, co-wrote in 2016)
  • "Heartburn"- Wafia (single, co-wrote in 2016)
  • "83 Days"- Wafia (single, co-wrote in 2017)
  • "Bloodstain"- Wrabel (single, wrote and co-produced in 2017)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kesha Previews First New Album in Five Years With Triumphant Song 'Praying'. Rolling Stone, 6 July 2017.
  2. ^ Ben Abraham at Allmusic
  3. ^ Ben Abraham's debut follows a long star-studded road. Sydney Morning Herald, 14 November 2014.
  4. ^ Review, Rolling Stone Australia.
  5. ^ Sirens review, Allmusic
  6. ^ World Cafe Next: Ben Abraham. NPR, 29 February 2016.
  7. ^ Review, Indie London
  8. ^ Davidson, Eric. "Last Night This Morning...Friday at CMJ 2015". CMJ. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "Full List of Winners". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). Retrieved 13 April 2018. 
  10. ^ "Overseas Recognition Award". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  11. ^ "Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.