Ben Abraham to Play Nashville’s Mercy Lounge in Support of Debut Album

ben abraham sirensAustralian artist Ben Abraham’s debut album, Sirens, is out today on Secretly Canadian. Download the album here and stream it here. The album is receiving early critical acclaim: NPR’s World Café calls it “distinctly human and direct” while Beats 1’s Zane Lowe praises its “beautiful songs.”

To celebrate the release, Abraham will tour the U.S. this spring with labelmate Damien Jurado, kicking off May 12 in Seattle. Further dates include May 18 at Los Angeles’ Troubadour, May 26 in Nashville, June 1 at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg, June 5 in Philadephia and more. Tickets to the shows will be available this Friday, February 26 on

Abraham recorded and produced Sirens in Melbourne with the help of friends and longtime collaborators Jono Steer and Leigh Fisher. The album also features a collaboration with Sara Bareilles, with whom Abraham connected online and struck up a friendship several years ago, on “This Is On Me” as well as additional production from Gotye’s Wally De Backer on “Speak.” The official video for album track “You And Me” recently debuted, watch it:

Abraham brought his live show, which Tone Deaf calls “disarming” and “truly stunning,” to the U.S. for the first time at last year’s CMJ. Abraham backs up his voice with only guitar and harmonium, in the vein of “Cat Stevens, if Donny Hathaway and Cat had a baby and he hung out with Sufjan Stevens and Feist,” Abraham says.

Since he began writing songs while working in a Melbourne hospital, Abraham has written and recorded an album while collaborating on other projects with Ta-ku, Wafia, Gotye and more. The son of Indonesian folk-pop stars, he has risen to prominence in his hometown of Melbourne and throughout Australia through his much-lauded live performances, where his voice and talent have consistently blown audiences away.

with Damien Jurado

May 12                                                        Seattle, WA                                         Neptune Theatre
May 13                                                      Spokane, WA                                                The Bartlett
May 14                                                     Vancouver, BC                               The Biltmore Cabaret
May 15                                                       Portland, OR                                         Doug Fir Lounge
May 17                                                   San Francisco, CA                                   The Independent
May 18                                                    Los Angeles, CA                                              Troubadour
May 20                                                      San Diego, CA                                                  Cashbah
May 21                                                        Phoenix, AZ                                                   Valley Bar
May 23                                                         Austin, TX                                                    The Parish
May 24                                                         Dallas, TX                                                    Club Dada
May 26                                                       Nashville, TN                                            Mercy Lounge
May 27                                                     Indianapolis, IN                                                  The HI-FI
May 28                                                         Chicago, IL                                                   Lincoln Hall
May 29                                                        Ferndale, MI                                       The Loving Touch
May 30                                                        Toronto, ON                                               The Garrison
June 1                                                        Brooklyn, NY                          Music Hall of Williamsburg
June 2                                                     Northampton, MA                              Iron Horse Music Hall
June 3                                                       Cambridge, MA                                               The Sinclair
June 4                                                         Hamden, CT             The Ballroom at The Outer Space
June 5                                                      Philadelphia, PA                                     Johnny Brenda’s
June 7                                                      Washington, DC                                 Rock and Roll Hotel
June 8                                                        Pittsburgh, PA                                                 Club Café
June 9                                                       Cleveland, OH                                  Beachland Ballroom
June 10                                                     Cincinnati, OH                                   Woodward Theater
June 11                                                       Madison, WI                                      High Noon Saloon
June 12                                                    Minneapolis, MN                                             7th St Entry
June 13                                                   Kansas City, MO                                               Riot Room
June 15                                               Colorado Springs, CO                                The Black Sheep
June 16                                                       Denver, CO                                          Marquis Theater
June 17                                                  Salt Lake City, UT                                     The State Room
June 18                                                          Boise, ID                                                       Neurolux


  1. Sirens
    2. Time
    3. I Belong To You
    4. She
    5. You And Me
    6. Collide
    7. To Love Someone
    8. Home
    9. This Is On Me (feat. Sara Bareilles)
    10. Speak
    11. Somebody’s Mother
    12. Songbird
    13. A Quiet Prayer


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