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 "This old soul is just what the doctor ordered when it comes to “love” music. Abernathy's album makes me hopeful in the midst of the current state of the world. His music not only gives me Marvin Gaye "What's Going On" vibes but also hope, for a better future and more understanding among us." (Dialogue)

"This old soul is just what the doctor ordered when it comes to “love” music. Abernathy's album makes me hopeful in the midst of the current state of the world. His music not only gives me Marvin Gaye "What's Going On" vibes but also hope, for a better future and more understanding among us." (Dialogue)

 "Reminiscent of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On,” Abernathy’s strong vocal lead and poignant lyricism demands us to take a look at the inequalities and prejudices that still exist." (Now A Days | Dialogue)

"Reminiscent of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On,” Abernathy’s strong vocal lead and poignant lyricism demands us to take a look at the inequalities and prejudices that still exist." (Now A Days | Dialogue)

 "Just take the soaring guitar solo on Prince’s Sign ‘O’ the Times slow-jam “Adore,” the organic acoustic soul of early ’70s singer-songwriters like Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack, and André 3000’s most earnest and lovelorn moments on his half Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, and the table is set!" (Monologue)

"Just take the soaring guitar solo on Prince’s Sign ‘O’ the Times slow-jam “Adore,” the organic acoustic soul of early ’70s singer-songwriters like Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack, and André 3000’s most earnest and lovelorn moments on his half Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, and the table is set!" (Monologue)

 "His dynamic range and bravado is a combination of soulful, gospeldelic change-ups and raw, uncut funk that pours out of his pores like a broken waterline. He has made quite an impression as a multi-talented musician, singer, songwriter and all-around entertainer. As both a pianist and a vocalist, Abernathy has blended the worlds of music and fighting against oppression to become an artist that respects the pay and paves the way for the future." 

"His dynamic range and bravado is a combination of soulful, gospeldelic change-ups and raw, uncut funk that pours out of his pores like a broken waterline. He has made quite an impression as a multi-talented musician, singer, songwriter and all-around entertainer. As both a pianist and a vocalist, Abernathy has blended the worlds of music and fighting against oppression to become an artist that respects the pay and paves the way for the future." 

 "We're well aware that the music biz is not a meritocracy, but it seems criminal that Ab and the Souljourners haven't blown up yet. Ab's a young-ish cat, so he'll pull the same crowd that buys Musiq and Dwele records, but his live act leaves a lot of his better-known peers in the dust. The band aggressive combination of gospel-inspired vocals, tight change-ups, and raw funk vamping can best be compared to D'Angelo's Voodoo tour of 2000. Like D'Angelo's Soultronics band, Ab's approach reveals diligent study in the Prince and James Brown schools of showmanship." 

"We're well aware that the music biz is not a meritocracy, but it seems criminal that Ab and the Souljourners haven't blown up yet. Ab's a young-ish cat, so he'll pull the same crowd that buys Musiq and Dwele records, but his live act leaves a lot of his better-known peers in the dust. The band aggressive combination of gospel-inspired vocals, tight change-ups, and raw funk vamping can best be compared to D'Angelo's Voodoo tour of 2000. Like D'Angelo's Soultronics band, Ab's approach reveals diligent study in the Prince and James Brown schools of showmanship." 

 "Abernathy's resplendent vocals strongly exemplify the ethos of a Prince and Bilal musical progeny."  

"Abernathy's resplendent vocals strongly exemplify the ethos of a Prince and Bilal musical progeny."  

 

SHORT BIO


Aaron Abernathy is a rising pianist/singer with a style rooted in gospel and the organic, acoustic soul of the early 70s. Frequent collaborator of hip-hop artist Black Milk, Abernathy has created a stir with his latest solo album, Dialogue. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Abernathy comes from a long-line of historical pioneers including Civil Rights leader Rev. Ralph David Abernathy. He was a student of the same high school music program as the late R&B great Gerald Levert, and later joined the ranks of artists like Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack as a graduate from the prestigious music program at Howard University, where he sharpened his vocal abilities and musicianship while majoring in jazz piano. He has acted as musical director for global touring acts Black Milk and Slum Village and collaborated with Grammy-nominated artists including Jack White, The Foreign Exchange, and Eric Roberson. He has also staked his claim as a great solo artist with the release of his solo album Monologue in the fall of 2016, which was met with critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, Bandcamp DailyEchoes Magazine (UK), Soultracks, and Saint Heron. In 2017 he continued the conversation with his sophomore effort, Dialogue, which won praise from EssenceBandcamp DailySoultracksOkayplayer, and Soulbounce.

 

MUSIC


 

HIGHLIGHTED VISUALS


Aaron Abernathy | Favorite Girl Video

Director: Tia M. Goodson | Editor: Kendall Givens

Aaron Abernathy w/ live band Nat Turner @ Tropicalia

Washington, DC | Between The Sheets

Aaron Abernathy w/ live band Nat Turner @ Kaserne

Basel, Switzerland | Call On Me

Aaron Abernathy @ Daikanyama Loop

Tokyo, Japan | I See You

Aaron Abernathy w/ live band Nat Turner @ DC Funk Parade 2016

 Washington, DC | Stop Fakin'

Aaron Abernathy w/ live band Nat Turner @ Fasching

Stockholm, Sweden | Can I Be Your Lover

 

PHOTOS


 Barcelona, Spain | Jamboree Jazz Club | Apr. 2018

Barcelona, Spain | Jamboree Jazz Club | Apr. 2018

 Zaragoza, Spain | Rock & Blues | Apr. 2018

Zaragoza, Spain | Rock & Blues | Apr. 2018

 Washington DC | Rock N Roll Hotel | Apr. 2018

Washington DC | Rock N Roll Hotel | Apr. 2018

 New Orleans | Ace Hotel | Jan. 2018

New Orleans | Ace Hotel | Jan. 2018

 Madrid | Sala Clamores | Dec. 2017

Madrid | Sala Clamores | Dec. 2017

 Washington DC | Art Smithsonian | Aug. 2017

Washington DC | Art Smithsonian | Aug. 2017

 Washington DC | Tropicalia | May 2017

Washington DC | Tropicalia | May 2017

 Washington DC | Funk Parade | May 2017

Washington DC | Funk Parade | May 2017

  Tokyo, Japan | Daikanyama Loop |  Apr. 2017

 Tokyo, Japan | Daikanyama Loop |  Apr. 2017

 Washington DC | Sofar Sounds | Oct. 2016

Washington DC | Sofar Sounds | Oct. 2016

 Pittsburgh International JazzLive Festival | June 2016

Pittsburgh International JazzLive Festival | June 2016

 Pittsburgh, PA | Jan. 2015

Pittsburgh, PA | Jan. 2015

 New York City | The Studio @ Webster Hall | Oct. 2014

New York City | The Studio @ Webster Hall | Oct. 2014

The IS Studios | Detroit, MI | Jan.  2014

 Brooklyn NY | Brooklyn Museum | Feb. 2018

Brooklyn NY | Brooklyn Museum | Feb. 2018

 Washington DC | Sirius Satellite Radio studio recording | Nov. 2017

Washington DC | Sirius Satellite Radio studio recording | Nov. 2017

 Washington DC | Sirius Satellite Radio studio recording | Nov. 2017

Washington DC | Sirius Satellite Radio studio recording | Nov. 2017

 Washington DC | Sirius Satellite Radio studio recording | Apr. 2017

Washington DC | Sirius Satellite Radio studio recording | Apr. 2017

 Tokyo, Japan | Daikanyama Loop |  Apr. 2017

Tokyo, Japan | Daikanyama Loop |  Apr. 2017

 Alexandria, VA | Bias Studios | Apr. 2017

Alexandria, VA | Bias Studios | Apr. 2017

 Pittsburgh International JazzLive Festival | June 2016 

Pittsburgh International JazzLive Festival | June 2016 

 New York City | The Studio @ Webster Hall | Oct. 2014

New York City | The Studio @ Webster Hall | Oct. 2014

 New York City | The Studio @ Webster Hall | Oct. 2014

New York City | The Studio @ Webster Hall | Oct. 2014

 Madrid, Spain | Cafe Central | Apr. 2018

Madrid, Spain | Cafe Central | Apr. 2018

 Madrid, Spain | Cafe Central | Apr. 2018

Madrid, Spain | Cafe Central | Apr. 2018

 Washington DC | Rock N Roll Hotel | Apr. 2018

Washington DC | Rock N Roll Hotel | Apr. 2018

 Atlanta | ATL Village Market | Feb. 2018

Atlanta | ATL Village Market | Feb. 2018

 Madrid | Sala Clamores | Dec. 2017

Madrid | Sala Clamores | Dec. 2017

 Washington DC | Art Smithsonian | Aug. 2017

Washington DC | Art Smithsonian | Aug. 2017

 Washington DC | John F. Kennedy Center | Jan 2017

Washington DC | John F. Kennedy Center | Jan 2017

 Tokyo, Japan | Daikanyama Loop |  Apr. 2017

Tokyo, Japan | Daikanyama Loop |  Apr. 2017

 Nantes, France | The Rebellion Tour | Mar. 2017

Nantes, France | The Rebellion Tour | Mar. 2017

 London, UK | London Jazz Cafe' | Dec. 2016

London, UK | London Jazz Cafe' | Dec. 2016

Kea Dupree Photography | Sep. 2016

  Cleveland, OH | Take 5 Rhythm & Jazz | Sep. 2015

 Cleveland, OH | Take 5 Rhythm & Jazz | Sep. 2015

High Note | Washington DC | June 2013


PRESS & INDUSTRY BUZZ


"Where Abernathy is an indisputable musical genius is in his arrangements, composition, production, and keywork at levels that continue to astound, particularly on cuts like “Human Actions Matter (Leviticus)” or the single, “Children of the City.” Harmony, counterpoints, call and response, the trademarks of tension and dynamism are never on better display than they are on Dialogue, itself a rather large statement given the creative heights of 2016’s Monologue. The swing between these two towering releases carries Abernathy from strength to strength in less than a year. That he does so with absolute respect for his audience, without dumbing down language, without topical condescension, or even the usual self-righteousness that accompanies “woke” music all places Dialogue and its artist in a class by itself. " (Dialogue)

- Soultracks.com


"Now A Days | Human Actions Matter (Leviticus)"

"This old soul is just what the doctor ordered when it comes to “love” music. Abernathy's album makes me hopeful in the midst of the current state of the world. His music not only gives me Marvin Gaye "What's Going On" vibes but also hope, for a better future and more understanding among us." (Dialogue)

 - Essence.com | Best Songs of 2017


"Aaron Abernathy’s Dialogue aims to represent his people and make sure that their story is being told in the right and just way. Fueled by sound bites of his grand uncle Ralph David Abernathy, the late Civil Rights activist and friend to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., narrates this musical journey, leading us through dark alleyways and out into lighted, green pastures." (Dialogue)

- OkayPlayer.com


"A spiritual heir to Marvin Gaye's What's Going On, Dialogue finds Abernathy looking at the world around him, and searching deep inside AND out for answers to the daily horrors that seem to have taken over the zeitgeist. A true soul record that trades as much in heart as it does universal truth and meaning..." 

"One of the most relevant and powerful albums to date of this new American landscape" (Dialogue)

- ChunkyGlasses.com


"Throughout the album, Abernathy uses tracks like "Now A Days," "Children of the City," "Forecast," "Generation" and "Am I Good Enough to Love" to touch on a variety of topics like economics, politics, gentrification, emasculation and spirituality. But his commendable composition and production skills create a landscape where each song flows seamlessly into the next – a feat made even more impressive by his creative decision to fuse each track with sound-bite quotes from black cultural leaders delivering some hard truths."

- Soulbounce.com


"Just take the soaring guitar solo on Prince’s Sign ‘O’ the Times slow-jam “Adore,” the organic acoustic soul of early ’70s singer-songwriters like Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack, and André 3000’s most earnest and lovelorn moments on his half Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, and the table is set!" (Monologue)

- Pitchfork.com


"His dynamic range and bravado is a combination of soulful, gospeldelic change-ups and raw, uncut funk that pours out of his pores like a broken waterline. He has made quite an impression as a multi-talented musician, singer, songwriter and all-around entertainer. As both a pianist and a vocalist, Abernathy has blended the worlds of music and fighting against oppression to become an artist that respects the pay and paves the way for the future." 

- OkayPlayer.com


"Eclectic Soul-man Aaron Abernathy has a new album that's going to ink his real name onto the artist map" (Monologue)

- Echoes Magazine (London, UK)


We're well aware that the music biz is not a meritocracy, but it seems criminal that Ab and the Souljourners haven't blown up yet. Ab's a young-ish cat, so he'll pull the same crowd that buys Musiq and Dwele records, but his live act leaves a lot of his better-known peers in the dust. The band aggressive combination of gospel-inspired vocals, tight change-ups, and raw funk vamping can best be compared to D'Angelo's Voodoo tour of 2000. Like D'Angelo's Soultronics band, Ab's approach reveals diligent study in the Prince and James Brown schools of showmanship. 

- The Washington Post


Abernathy's resplendent vocals strongly exemplify the ethos of a Prince and Bilal musical progeny.  

- Saint Heron.com

Abernathy's layering of vocal textures and the accompanying melodies and instrumental touches is nothing short of mesmerizing.

- Soulbounce.com



CO - BILLS


- Patti Labelle

- Chick Corea

- Dwele

- Black Milk

- Eric Roberson

- Snarky Puppy

- Kindred

- Slum Village

- Big Daddy Kane

- Doug E. Fresh

- Zo! 

- Julia Dexter

- Jaguar Wright

My name is Marsha, I am the melodic half of the group Floetry. I just wanted to reach out and let you know that I enjoy your work. Your arrangements are beautiful, your voice is soothing and your writing is very personal, elements which are missing in art these days. I am happy to hear up and coming artists such as yourself bringing back the true element of musicianship. Looking forward to hearing much more from you in the near future 

- Marsha Ambrosius 


Also, now officially earning his strips and joining the Nu Soul alliance of musicians in Ohio (already inducted are artist Conya Doss, Myron, Navasha Daya of Fertile Ground, Frank McComb, Lyfe, and John Legend) is the crew AB and the Souljourners. Talking about setting the tone for the evening.....D’Angelo, Kem, and PJ Morton...You now have company from this extraordinary brotha' and his crew....Please look out for this crew at a show near you..... 

- Cleveland Ohio Excursion Series Review of Dwele & Ab show. 

 

More Press....

Pitchfork.com // http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/22447-monologue/

Waxpoetics Japan // https://www.waxpoetics.jp/interview/aaronabernathy/

PittNews.com // http://pittnews.com/article/108928/arts-and-entertainment/music/full-swing-jazzlive-weekend-overcomes-heat-humidity-bumping-performances/

Blavity.com // https://blavity.com/grandnephew-of-civil-rights-leader-creates-politically-charged-song-you-need-to-hear/

Cleveland.com // http://www.cleveland.com/shaker-heights/index.ssf/2014/09/shaker_heights_native_prepares.html

Washington City Paper // http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/music/2014/08/13/listen-to-abs-new-ep-45-series-vol-iii-about-last-summer/

Washington City Paper // http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/music/2014/07/30/ab-gets-erotic-on-his-new-track-a-quarter-after-morning/

Soulbounce.com // http://www.soulbounce.com/soul/2014/09/aaron-ab-abernathy-tells-all-about-last-summer/

Soulbounce.com // http://www.soulbounce.com/soul/2013/11/ab_and_14kt_return_with_cosmic_fire/

 

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