Fresh from his recent debut at the House Of Blues on Sunset Strip, Def Soul Classics recording artist Abraham 'A.B.' McDonald, whose debut single "Miracle" jumps to #34-bullet on the Urban AC chart, is gearing up for his biggest role ever - opening this summer's all-star Budweiser Superfest Tour. A.B. joins an A-list of contemporary R&B's greatest stylists: Anthony Hamilton, Kem, Jaheim, and Raheem Devaughn. The one-month, 18-city Budweiser Superfest Tour opens August 5th at the Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre at Tower City in Cleveland, and plays through September 5th at Superpages Amphitheater in Dallas. (Please see complete itinerary below.)
"Miracle" is the lead track from A.B.'s debut album, set for September 14th release. "Miracle" was produced by the successful production team of Sam Watters, Louis Biancaniello (Whitney Houston, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis, and Jessica Simpson, to name a few), Diane Warren, JR Rotem, Paula Gallitano and others. The video for "Miracle" was directed by CliftonBell, who has worked on clips for Trey Songz, Rev Run, and A.B.'s tour mate Raheem Devaughn. Stay tuned for news of the video's premiere in the daysahead.
A.B. shot to the stratosphere with his victory on the first annual Oprah Show Karaoke Challenge last November 2009, which re-airs on July 15th (check local listings). Judges for the Challenge included producer David Foster, songwriter Diane Warren, and Antonio "L.A." Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group, who personally signed A.B. to the label. Diane Warren is among the songwriters and producers working with A.B. at the legendary Record Plant in his hometown of L.A., along with such heavyweights as Watters and long-time partner Louis Biancaniello, JR Rotem, Paula Gallitano, and others.
A.B.'s win on the first Karaoke Challenge (show to re-air July 15th), which led to live performances on three Oprah shows, was the culmination of a life-long journey to share his musical artistry with the world. It all began when he won the ACT-SO talent contest at age 13 with his version of Oleta Adam's "Get Here." Years later, the same song won him Oprah's first prize of $250,000 plus the Def Jam contract. The singer andhis mom have moved into a new home in Hawthorne, and he has seen his dreams take legs "in Jesus' Cadillac." A.B. is also driving a new car - and proudly showed Oprah his "No Phone Zone" certificate on his latest visit, much to her delight.
BUDWEISER SUPERFEST TOUR starring Abraham McDonald, Anthony Hamilton, Kem, Jaheim, Raheem Devaughn
5 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre at Tower City
6 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
7 New York, NY Jones Beach Amphitheater
8 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless
13 Oakland, CA Sleep Train at Concorde
14-15 Los Angeles CA Gibson Amphitheater
19 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena Waterfront Theatre
20 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
21-22 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex
25 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Amphitheater
26 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
27 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion
28 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
29 Philadelphia PA Susquehanna Amphitheater
2 Memphis, TN FedEx Forum NA
3 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
4 Houston, TX Toyota Center
5 Dallas, TX Superpages Amphitheater