This rainy day is perfect to listen to some mellow, but moving music from soul singer, Abiah (formerly known as Jeremiah). His sophomore album, “Life As a Ballad” is simply beautiful.
Abiah is not new to the music and the industry. Raised in Rochester, New York with 11 other siblings, he was writing songs at age 10 and had performed at Carnegie Hall by age 21. While studying opera at Syracuse University, he honed his craft as a background singer for artists George Michael, Chuck Mangione, Amel Larrieux and Yolanda Adams. Then in 2006, Abiah released his debut album ”Chasing Forever” (released as Jeremiah) which produced hits, ”Addicted to You” and “Love For Awhile” a duet with Shanice.
After his debut, he took a break. He continue din music as a backing singer and a vocal coach, but always planned on a second album. And Abiah returned in August 2012 with his follow-up album, “Life As a Ballad”. This album has several gems..”September”, “Doves”, Foolish Heart” and “Life As a Ballad”. It is soul, jazz and heartfelt.
Check out this awesome rendition of Prince’s “When Doves Cry”, and Robert Glasper, who happens to be his cousin, just seals the deal at the end of this performance. Check out Abiah’s “Life As A Ballad”.
And for good measure, here is “September”. Enjoy.