"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that."
- Martin Luther King , Jr.
Early on in life Graham's family emigrated to Canada and he was raised and educated in British Columbia where he grew up on a small farm in the Fraser Valley, near Vancouver. In his formative years, he was influenced by the likes of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jackson Browne, Nat King Cole, and Sam Cooke.
Graham started taking classical piano lessons at the age of six for some ten years and later studied with a jazz pianist in Vancouver learning the ropes of stride piano. He attended music school in Vancouver prior to recording his first album. Graham now lives in South London where he has performed at his church and at community concerts. For him, it seems like he has come full-circle back to the city of his birth – London.
His first independent album titled One World, released in 1986, was a pop album produced by Paul Hyde of "The Payolas" fame. He then released a second album of country songs in 1998 titled "Lookin' For Love.", which went on to independently sell over 10,000 copies. Since 2015 he has been working on his new E.P. “ I Believe “ which is due for release in June 2016. Produced by Derek Nash and recorded in London, it has a contemporary jazz/soul feel, consisting of six original songs including the title track.
His highly distinctive sound, which has really blossomed with the “ I Believe “ E.P., has been created with the help of Graham's own jazz-inspired piano, gospel singers, and an eclectic blend of jazz, blues, country and soul music. Graham has been working with some of London's top musicians who play on the E.P. including: Derek Nash on saxophone, Geoff Gascoyne on bass, Darby Todd on drums, Neil Angilley on keyboards and Al Cherry on guitar. Songs on the E.P. range from the autobiographical “ I Miss You “ to the classic jazz/blues ballad “ Today “. And from the potential dance floor hit “ Impossible To Dance “ to the inspirational “ We Are All God's Children “.
Graham writes songs that speak to his own life experiences and that come from the heart. Perhaps that is why his lyrics worked so well with the gospel choir in the studio. His songs are somehow instantly relateable to people from all walks of life. Graham himself has had a diverse work/life experience as a counselor, restaurant waiter, tour guide, teacher and entertainer but he has always kept his focus on being able to nurture his music so that one day it could be enjoyed by a global audience. As a singer and songwriter, Graham has an undeniable ability to make music that has the potential to bridge cultural and geographical boundaries alike. His songs are at once emotional, uplifting and full of hope.
"Graham Bleasdale’s I BELIEVE is a delight to listen to. His well crafted songs, pertinent to these times, are conveyed with soulfulness and wonderfully merge the sound of pop, soul, gospel and jazz. I found the song "Impossible To Dance" impossible to forget!"
Ken Burton - Musician and BBC Presenter
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“A gifted singer-songwriter . . . writes songs with inspirational, positive messages.”
Norman Darwen – Blues in Britain magazine