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"Still We Ride" (LP)

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Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Karlis has always loved the art of music. At a young age he heard the voices of Walter Hawkins, Rance Allen, Leon Patillo, Donny Hathaway, Al Jarreau and many others. His mom and dad also sang at several churches in Little Rock and on occasions Karlis would be put in charge of running the sound. Karlis often imagined he was a famous singer in concert in his bedroom, performing his own songs. He fell in love with his dad's digital delay machine, reel to reels, tape players, whatever sounded like music.

In 1987 Karlis and his family moved form a smaller Little Rock to a larger Riverside, California. The California climate urged Karlis to write more songs and dream of making it. Karlis and his brother, Curtis "Lex Luther" Abraham started rapping over famous beats. They looped the break of the song by recording a bar or two, pause the tape then record another bar or two. After so many takes they had a couple of minutes to flow. While in High School Karlis and some friends formed a singing group called 4 Da Blaque. They wrote their own songs with the help of some local producers. They performed their songs at Moreno Valley High School events, local talent shows and the local college functions like Cal State, San Bernardino and University of California in Riverside. While in college Karlis and his brother formed a rapp group; dubbed The Waxin’ Unit and later The Wise Guys. They made their own beats and recorded their own tracks. Karlis also started playing the piano during this time. He often experimented for hours in the practice rooms of the University (CSU, San Bernardino). Eager to bring his creations to life he formed his first band Coincidence in 1997. They worked around campus performing their originals.

In 2000 Karlis hooked up with The GRK Project. Gary Henderson, the director of the project, encouraged Karlis to bring his keyboard to practice. Gary taught Karlis chord structures and progressions along with some helpful theory. With a new found confidence Karlis began gigging with the group and never looked back. The group has performed all over the IE and turned a few heads along the way. The GRK Project was eventually redubbed Seven Ave. In the 4th quarter of 2005 Karlis and Gary shared the dream to create First Mile Productions. “Still We Ride”, the debut album by Karlis is finally here. Come and take a ride……..