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ABIAH's new album reflects years steeped in a love and admiration of Nina Simone. Each song, an homage to a legacy that birthed torch songs and introduced us to an awareness at our core. As the fourth full-length from the Ghanaian-American
singer/songwriter, ABIAH sings NINA, builds off the captivating unapologetic cool of his Billboard Top 100 Album BOTTLES and emerges as ABIAH's most defining and expansive work so far. There has never been a Nina Simone Tribute album of this magnitude and honor. And while each album marks a departure from the next, ABIAH sings NINA finds the inimitable singer again showing the extraordinary depth of his artistry.

Recorded at Brooklyn's Atomic Sound Studios, the 9 track album includes some of his favorite Nina Simone songs including Don't Smoke in Bed, See-line Woman and Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair. There is also a Nina-inspired original song, I'm Just Like You, written after the death of Trayvon Martin.

ABIAH recently recorded with Grammy & Oscar Award winning artists Common and Robert Glasper on their new collaborative album August Greene as well as recorded and vocal produced projects for Netflix...Baz Luhrmann's The Get Up and What Happened Miss Simone. Festival & venue appearances include: Taichung Jazz Festival, St. Anna Arezza Jazz Festival, Suono di Popoli Jazz Festival, D.C. Jazz Festival, Blue Note (New York & Tokyo), Joe's Pub, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall, Regatta Bar, Jazz@lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Banlieuse Blues Festival, Bimhuis, the Apollo Theater, Tampere Jazz Happening, San Sebastien Jazz Festival, Son d'Hiver Jazz Festival and many others.


He is more than capable of mimicking the High Priestess of Soul’s inflections and tone because the two naturally sound alike. But rather than lean into this similarity, he attempts to make her words and his experience as an artist merge.
— Ebony Magazine
A brave heart and musical moxie
— DownBeat Mag
One of the greatest pleasures I have found during my career is the discovery of a fresh, mesmerizing male balladeer...
— Jazz Times: Reinventing Music
More than just covers, the singer’s versions play like new arrivals at the core of Nina’s message, giving her compositions new life.
— OkayAfrica
One thing that becomes apparent from the opening line of “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” is that Abiah and Simone occupy similar vocal territory.
— Soul tracks
Abiah has a distinct singing personality
— San Diego: American Glorious Voices
It must simply move your soul
— Soul Train
Abiah’s lilting croon and his sophisticated subtlety will reward ones willing to pursue this lavish Life
— Soul Tracks
Life As a Ballad firmly plants Abiah in the esteemed company of the emerging male vocalists...
— Next Bop: Best Non-Jazz Album





Blue Note (NY, Tokyo), Apollo Theater, City Winery, San Sebastien International Jazz Festival, Suono di Popoli Jazz Festival, Taichung International Jazz Festival, St. Anna Arezza Jazz Festival, D.C. Jazz Festival, Kennedy Center


ABIAH Sings NINA (2018)


Madoh Music Group (USA)
Inpartmaint/AGATE (Japan)

Bottles (2015)

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Madoh Music Group/BBQ (Japan)
Jingo (Taiwan)
Plaza Royal (Europe/Hong Kong)
Madoh Music (USA)

Life As A Ballad (2012)


Madoh Music Group/eOne (USA)
BBQ (Japan)
Jingo Records (Taiwan)

Chasing Forever (2005)

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Universal Republic (Worldwide)