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Mindi Abair

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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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Albums by
Mindi Abair

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    11 songs

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    Wild Heart

    11 songs

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    In Hi-Fi Stereo

    11 songs

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    Stars

    10 songs

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    Life Less Ordinary

    12 songs

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    Come as You Are

    12 songs

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    It Just Happens That Way

    1 song

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    Haute Sauce

    2 songs

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    Happy Christmas

    9 songs

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    Always and Never the Same

    1 song

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    Happy Christmas [Digital Single]

    1 song

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    I Can't Wait for Christmas

    10 songs

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    Live in Hi-Fi Stereo


Top Songs by
Mindi Abair

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Lucy's
  3.   Flirt
  4.   Come As You Are
  5.   Smile
  6.   Haute Sauce
  7.   Get Right
  8.   It's a Man's Man's Man's World
  9.   Out of the Blue
  10.   Change
  11.   Wild Heart
  12.   Take Me Home
  13.   Amazing Game
  14.   Home
  15.   I Can't Wait For Christmas
  16.   Salt and Lime
  17.   Bloom
  18.   Momo
  19.   Girls' Night Out
  20.   Gonna Be Alright
  21.   Remember
  22.   Any Way You Wanna
  23.   Mojo
  24.   Make A Wish
  25.   As Good As It Gets
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Mindi Abair

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    Smooth Jazz

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    Smooth Jazz Instrumentals


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