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(Oxford) Pop/Rock

With a Pop mix that fuses elements of Rock, Gospel, Jazz and R&B, 22-year-old singer/songwriter Abraham Kuranga says he tries hard to not be pigeonnholed, which shouldn't be difficult with influences as diverse as Boyz II Men and James Taylor. Working with his twin brother on songs, Kuranga uses his strong religious beliefs and God-given talents to spread a positive message with his music.

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Music has been the blood that runs through the veins of 22 year-old singer/songwriter/producer, Abraham Kuranga. Whether it’s playing the cello in the school orchestra or playing the piano in the church sanctuary, music is the link.
“It makes me happy,” Abraham says. “It never disappoints me. It never stands me up. I can always count on the music to keep me warm.”
Abraham started playing instruments at an early age, including the cello and piano. He taught himself how to play the piano, rejecting classical teachings for a more contemporary style. The itch to sing was always present but it was artists like Brian McKnight and Boyz II Men that sent him on his musical quest.
“Those guys did it for me,” Abraham says. “I can’t tell you how much I admired their talents, both as songwriters and performers.” With influences ranging from Brian McKnight, Boyz II Men, Phil Collins, James Taylor and Sting, his music shows just as much variety, fusing elements of gospel, soul, jazz and rock.
“Being a black artist, I try not to pigeon-hole myself. That is the foremost dangerous thing a new artist can do,” says Abraham. “I feel that it is imperative that I distance myself from other artists which whom I may be grouped.”
Combining his ability to create music with his passion to perform, Abraham began writing original songs with his longtime musical partner and twin brother, David. With no prior knowledge but the inherent ability from God, Abraham was able to craft complex tunes without even knowing it.
“It just came naturally. It’s like learning how to drive,” Abraham continues. “At first you feel as if you know everything there is to know about the road, but once you’re behind the wheel, its much more difficult. So now I just sit behind the piano or with my guitar and ‘drive.’ I couldn’t begin to tell you about the miles and miles of bad songs I have written.”
Before long, the seeds of hard work began to grow and the good songs sprouted. It is these songs that Abraham wants to share with the world. Abraham believes that it is important to always have a positive message to share with listeners.
“It’s a burden I choose to carry,” Abraham says. “God has been nothing but good to me, so why not show that through my songs? I can still speak on love, heartbreak, rainy days and the best of times and still be positive.”