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LONG BIO


Aaron Abernathy, is a multi-talented entertainer - musician, singer, songwriter, and producer. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Abernathy comes from a long-line of historical pioneers including Civil Rights Leader, Rev. Ralph David Abernathy and student of the same high school music program as the late R&B great Gerald Levert. 

He 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.  With outstanding talents as both a pianist and a vocalist, he has acted as musical director for global touring acts Black Milk and Slum Village and collaborated with Grammy-nominated artists including Jack WhiteThe Foreign Exchange, and Eric Roberson.

His professional music pursuits began on the historical steps of Howard University, where he formed the band Ab and The Souljourners and developed a buzz on the local DC music scene with the release of his self-produced debut album Lyrically Inclined 1.3: The Odyssey. After graduating from Howard, they embarked on a US Tour. The band's talent and showmanship style caught the eye of several artists, most notable Eric Roberson, Marsha Ambrosius, and Slum Village. Eric Roberson featured Abernathy in his NYC based showcases and on his 2009 single "Howard Girls." Slum Village hired Abernathy to be their musical director from 2005-2010, revamping their performances from the traditional DJ and Emcee format to live band hip-hop experience. He also was featured on the single "Dance" from their 2010 album Villa Manifesto.

In 2009, Abernathy transitioned his musical director talents to underground hip-hop heavyweight Black Milk. In addition to touring the US, Europe, and Australia with Black Milk, he has been featured on his last four albums: Tronic, A.O.T.Y., No Poison No Paradise, and If There's A Hell Below. Songs include: Reppin' For You, Oh Girl, Parallels, and Leave The Bones Behind. In 2012, Abernathy's band "Nat Turner" became Black Milk's backing band and he helped establish his live shows as one of the best in hip hop!  

In the Spring of 2015, Abernathy and his band Nat Turner opened up for Black Milk on his "Play Like Hell European Tour" to rave reviews from European audiences. Ab's aggressive combination of gospel-inspired vocals, tight change-ups, and raw funk vamps has been compared to D'angelo's Voodoo tour. Ab's performance on stage reveals his diligent study in the Prince and James Brown schools of showmanship. Abernathy co-produced his band Nat Turner's collaborative effort with Black Milk titled "The Rebellion Sessions" and has toured most of 2016 for the Rebellion Tour with Black Milk, to support the album. In addition, this summer he co-headlined the 2016 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival with Chick Corea. 


SHORT BIO


Aaron Abernathy, professionally known as Ab, is a multi-talented musician -- singer, songwriter, producer, and entertainer.  Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Ab 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.  With outstanding talents as both a pianist and a vocalist, 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.


HIGHLIGHTED VISUALS


Aaron "Ab" Abernathy & Nat Turner -

"You Used To Love Me"Bohemian Caverns | Washington DC

Aaron "Ab" Abernathy & Nat Turner -

"Call On Me" | Kaserne | Basel, Switzerland

Aaron "Ab" Abernathy & Nat Turner -

"Stop Fakin" | Rocking Chair | Vevey, Switzerland

Aaron "Ab" Abernathy & Nat Turner -

"Can I Be Your Lover"Fasching | Stockholm, Sweden


Previous PErformances



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PRESS & INDUSTRY BUZZ


"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


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 and the Souljourner'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

- 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/

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

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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