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Mindi Abair

Born on tour into a musical family, Mindi Abair was playing piano by the age of five. Within three years, she was playing saxophone and writing songs. She made her way through Berklee performing all kinds of music from jazz to rock and R&B. Upon moving back to Los Angeles, Abair started her own band. She also took on session work with artists as diverse as the Gap Band, Adam Sandler, Mandy Moore, John Tesh, Teena Marie, and the Backstreet Boys. During this time, she worked on creating her own sound and released her debut disc in 1999. The Backstreet Boys connection really paid off for her, and her website and CD (entitled Love) took off. The year 2000 saw the release of the follow-up, Always and Never the Same, and shortly thereafter, Abair signed with GRP Records. A sophomore effort, It Just Happens That Way, was issued in 2003. "Lucy's," "Save the Last Dance," and the album's title track went on to impact Top Ten radio. A year later, Abair returned with Come as You Are, her second set produced with her writing partner Matthew Hager. In 2006, Abair released Life Less Ordinary, which featured guest vocals from Lalah Hathaway and Keb' Mo', and also performed at the Governor's Ball, the official Oscars afterparty. The following year, she appeared on guitarist Peter White's (with whom she had performed frequently) Christmas album, but 2008 saw a return to her solo material (and an introduction to Abair as a singer) with Stars. In 2010, Abair delivered the soul-jazz-inspired In Hi-Fi Stereo, which once again featured a mix of instrumental jazz with a few Abair vocal numbers. Abair returned in 2014 with her seventh studio album, Wild Heart, which featured guest spots from Keb' Mo', Joe Perry, Booker T. Jones, and Gregg Allman. It debuted at number one on the jazz album chart, and received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. In March of 2015, she recorded a live album, Mindi Abair & the Boneshakers: Live in Seattle. Her backing band is actually an all-star, standalone touring and recording unit that includes former Was (Not Was) members Randy Jacobs on guitar and vocalist Sweet Pea Atkinson. The album was released the following September by Concord. ~ Gary Hill
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Stations Featuring
Mindi Abair

    Smooth Jazz

    Smooth Jazz
    4 songs

Albums by
Mindi Abair

Top Songs by
Mindi Abair

  1.   Song
  2.   Lucy's
  3.   Come As You Are
  4.   Smile
  5.   Flirt
  6.   Ordinary Love
  7.   Haute Sauce
  8.   Get Right
  9.   It's a Man's Man's Man's World
  10.   I Wonder
  11.   Any Way You Wanna
  12.   Save the Last Dance
  13.   Gingerbread Man
  14.   As Good as It Gets
  15.   Salt and Lime
  16.   Be Beautiful
  17.   On and On
  18.   Stars
  19.   Shine
  20.   The Shakedown
  21.   Save Tonight
  22.   Wild Heart
  23.   I Can't Lose
  24.   Amazing Game
  25.   Out of the Blue
  26.   It Must Be Love
  27.   Every Time
  28.   You'll Never Know
  29.   High Five
  30.   I Can Remember
  31.   Sticks and Stones
  32.   Make A Wish
  33.   Remember
  34.   Momo
  35.   Play
  36.   New Shoes
  37.   Cyan
  38.   Take Me Home
  39.   Kiddo's Revenge
  40.   Train
  41.   Gonna Be Alright
  42.   Kick Ass
  43.   Just Say When
  44.   It Just Happens That Way
  45.   All Star
  46.   Addicted to You
  47.   The Alley
  48.   L'esprit Nouveau
  49.   Girls' Night Out
  50.   Down For the Count
  51.   Change
  52.   Hemenway
  53.   Far Away
  54.   Bloom
  55.   Slinky
  56.   Rain
  57.   Do You Miss Me?
  58.   Head Over Heels
  59.   Home
  60.   Right On
  61.   Long Ride Home
  62.   F.L.A. Swing
  63.   Let the Whole World Know (Sing Your Song)
  64.   Here for You
  65.   The Joint
  66.   Mojo
  67.   I Can't Wait for Christmas
  68.   True Blue
  69.   I'll Be Your Home
  70.   Happy Christmas

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