When singer-songwriter-guitarist Leah Abramson developed tendonitis in her wrist three years ago, she didn’t despair. Unable to write songs on guitar, Abramson borrowed an 8-track and started recording a cappella vocal pieces under the name The Abramson Singers.
Now healed and playing her guitar again, Leah released the resulting self-titled album on Toronto’s White Whale Records in February 2010, and formed a band under the same moniker with some of Vancouver’s brightest young musicians and singers (members of Dan Mangan’s band, Headwater, Fond of Tigers).
A self-described “choir nerd,” Leah, took part in every school choir available to her growing up and then some. She confesses that, when she recorded her debut album Bedroom/City in 2006 under the name L. Abramson, doing the harmony overdubs was her favourite part. What’s more, in addition to performing with Dyad, Octoberman and – for a period – The Crooked Jades, Leah has been an in-demand harmony vocalist for acts like Bob Wiseman, Montag, Headwater, Eamon McGrath and The Mohawk Lodge.
The Abramson Singers album has received rave reviews from all over the globe, most notably in the UK, where Leah subsequently toured in 2011 with Lau, Roddy Woomble (Idlewild), and Kathryn Williams.
The Abramson Singers were also selected out of hundreds of applicants for the 2011 Banff Centre Indie Band Residency, where they worked with producers Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire) and Tony Berg (Jakob Dylan), and are now working on material for a new album with Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, The New Pornographers) to be released in spring 2012.
Along with her work as a singer-songwriter, Leah teaches songwriting to university students and women in a federal prison.
“…it would be accurate indeed to describe her music as arresting. Words like original, interesting and innovative also come to mind.” — Penguin Eggs, 2010
“…the real attention here is on the tracks with a handful of instruments. Mostly mellow, melancholic and beautiful, my favourites include Fools Gold augmented by a little keyboard and Dan Gaucher’s understated, brushed drums; Truckers Prayer with rounded electric guitar and Tyson Naylor’s accordeon, and a reprise of her lovely Call It Something Else from the last Jades album.” — Ian Anderson, fRoots, 2010