The Fairest and Best

The Fairest and Best

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
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Instantly memorable hooks, exhilarating four-part harmonies, and an amazingly eclectic mix of musical genres – from pure delicious pop, to heart wrenching ballads and driving rock – all wrapped in arrangements packed with real emotion.

Biography

Combining the best of youth and experience, this six piece band from Toronto delivers instantly memorable hooks, exhilarating four-part harmonies, and an amazingly eclectic mix of musical genres – from pure delicious pop, to heart wrenching ballads and driving rock – all wrapped in arrangements packed with real emotion.

Their debut EP "When I Feel like This" features three gems from the catalogue of award-winning songwriter and frontman Robert Graham  (www.robertgraham.org) – with a cameo from the stunning Canadian songbird Caitlin Holland. The EP has already elicited three all - network sync licensing contracts (The Discovery Channel/Fox Sports/NASCAR Network) and 13 individual shows - including I Am Cait, The Real World, Bad Girls Club, Total Divas and 3 Kardashian shows - none of which the band has ever watched!

The EP was added by over 100 radio stations across North America and two songs landed runner-up spots (in two categories) of the 2015 Dallas Songwriter's Association Song Contest, and a semi-final spot in the 2016 "Song of the Year" Contest.

With showcases at Indie Week Canada, Canadian Music Week, The International Pop Overthrow, and "YYZ LIVE" already under their belt, The Fairest and Best are ready to burrow into your both your heart and your eardrums – and stay there! Their songs are multi-genre, highly eclectic, but all performed with heart, humour, hooks, and harmony. But don't take their word for it:

"Ingenious, sophisticated pop music with more twists and turns than the average Agatha Christie thriller..." (BBC Tees)

.....a trippy, eclectic collection of pop, rock and blues – with hints of jazz and soul – accompanied by some stand-out musicians and vocalists....... a big range of emotional and musical expression ....  combines the whimsical poignancy of Beatles storytelling with the dark social commentary of The Police’s “Synchronicity II”.....(Life With More Cowbell)

As well as Graham and Holland the band features drummer Nigel Maynard (Mr Handsome 2), guitarists Darryl Wood (Mr Expressive), Brant Garratt (The Young Buck), and bassist Gerry Williams (the Respectable One).

In its short existence the band is already establishing a reputation for wildly entertaining, humorous, and thought provoking live shows at several of Toronto's premier venues including Lee's Palace, The Horseshoe, and The Cameron House. The songs have already garnered  award recognition from the BILLBOARD WORLD SONG CONTEST, and the DALLAS SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION SONGWRITING CONTEST. Other songs have secured licensing deals in Australia and Italy, secured radio airplay in several countries, and used in the feature films "Clean Break" and "From Parts Unknown" - Fight Like a Girl!"

Graham's debut album "Storm in a Teacup" is an  engaging mix of hook-laden multi-genre gems with guest appearances  by NYC heavyweights TEDDY KUMPEL (Rickie Lee Jones, Trent Reznor), ANTON FIER (Herbie Hancock, the Lounge Lizards), ROB JOST (Tony Scherr Trio, Ursa Minor), and TONY SCHERR (Bill Frisell, Norah Jones), with cameos from ERIC SCHENKMAN (Spin Doctors) and FORD PIER (DOA, the Rheostatics), not to mention Eli and John Abrams of the fabulous ABRAMS BROTHERS.

Graham continues to collaborate widely as a professional pianist, accompanist, vocalist, and  Music Director - appearing in numerous productions and performing with many multi-genre bands, including two UK tours with Canadian roots supergroup "Tanglefoot" (Winner - Best Vocal Group - 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards) as well as with Australia's "Los Chasquis" and the "Michael George Band".

He has appeared in opening slots for such diverse acts as the Leahy, David Wilcox, Natalie McMaster, KellieLee Evans, Shooglenifty, Et Tu Bruce, Christian Hansen Band, and the Cowboy Junkies.

The Fairest and Best welcome you to their wonderful wacky world of love, hooks and big harmonies! Visit us at www.the fairestandbest.com or www.robertgraham.org

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Lyrics

Don't Go

Written By: Robert Graham

Nothing here to comfort me
when I close my eyes it's you I see.
I pretend it don't bother me
but I can't feel the sun on me.

Tell me why you walked away.
Leaving me alone this way, tell me
what can I do to make you stay?

Don't Go....

I'm standing in the pouring rain.
The heart of you pounds in my brain.
Only you can stop this pain
and make me feel alive again.

I lie in bed but I don't sleep.
I lie and wish for your sweet company.
Will you ever think of me?

Don't Go..

A love like ours is hard to find.
Time won't take you off my mind I know.

Don't Go....

Living in a Coma

Written By: Robert Graham

Get in your car.
Drive to work alone and never think too hard.
Cos that won't get you very far.

Did you forget the rules - we taught you when you were at school?
Cos dreams are made for fools.
Just watch TV until you drool.

Years go by and no-one stops to ask why does life always seem to be the same - the minutes slip away - no highs or lows - like living in a coma.

If you're not satisfied - have a hit on this until your brain is fried.
You can run but you can't hide.

Years go by and no-one stops to ask why does life always seem to be the same - the minutes slip away - no highs or lows - like living in a coma

Reaching You

Written By: Robert Graham

If I could only try to reach as high into your clear and open sky then I might finally get to you.

What if I cried and told you time would never change my mind about you? Would you simply sigh and say goodbye?

I know it's true - I am to you a storm cloud in your sky so blue.
What can I do to make you change your mind?

I hang upon your every word. My situation seems absurd. I wonder if you even realise?

I reach for you - you walk away. Is my heart something to be played with?
When you give - that's when you get. I think that's something you forget.

Lets talk about this some other time....

Sunshine

Written By: Paul Hewson

I'm leaving Broadway.
No day no night.
Just colors shining.
Shining down on me.

I'm in the sunshine.
I'm wasting time.
I'm in the spotlight.
I'm out of time.

There's no regrets.
My case is closed.
Last man found his road in the end.
And the last petal leaves the rose.

I'm in the sunshine.
I'm wasting time.
I'm in the spotlight
I'm out of time.

Elevator take me high
Take me to the streets.
Spiderman is in Alcatraz
Saying some things can't be beat

I'm in the sunshine.
I'm wasting time.
I'm in the spotlight.
I'm out of time.

Ballerina - come and smile at me.
There's a cigarette smoking in your hand.
and she said "Oh this world is just a stairway."
How can I understand - when my world turns to sand?

I'm in the sunshine.
I'm wasting time.
I'm in the spotlight.
I'm out of time.

Set it Free

Written By: Robert Graham

You can see my lips are moving
but you can't hear what I say
You can feel your body grooving
but you don't wanna play
I can feel your eyes are watching but you don't really see
that the power is inside you to set your spirit free.

Set it free.

We're speaking the same language
but your don't understand
If you trust your soul to guide you
you can find the promised land.
We can walk this road together
or we can walk apart.
When you close your eyes and try girl can't you feel you beating heart?

Set it free.

With some loving and affection we can wash away the pain.
Strip away the old protections and learn to live again.
If you look inside you just might find a brand new melody.
And if you want I'll stick around to add the harmony.

Set it free.

I know the things you've been through shape the way you are.
But please don't let them stop you shining like a star.
It's going to take some courage to leave them all behind.
But if you take that chance girl you'll be suprised at what you'll find.

With some loving and affection we can wash away the pain. strip away the old protections and learn to live again.
If you look inside you just might find a brand new melody.
And if you want I'll stick around to add the harmony.

Set it free.

Jonathon Baker

Written By: Robert Graham

Jonathon Baker was bullied at school every day and they called him names.
Names that were hurtful.
But the teachers would look the other way.

Jonathon Baker hid in the toilets at lunchtime alone and scared.
No one to talk to.
He left school as soon as he could.

Jonathon dreamed and Jonathon schemed - one day he'd really show them.
Stuck in the loo - he hadn't a clue.
Then one day he finally made his mind up just exactly what to do.

Jonathon Baker lived with his mum in the back of a dingy pub.
They never had money.
They never had much of anything.

Jonathon Baker worked in a shoe shop on Thursdays and Saturdays.
His mum drank his wages. His father left ages ago.

Jonathon planned - one day he would stand up on his own two feet.
Jonathon knew his dreams would come true.
One day he finally made his mind up just exactly what to do.

Jonathon Baker fancied a girl named Colleen he would see at the pub.
Hie mum knew her brother.
She knew him intimately.

Jonathon Baker invited Collen for a drink or perhaps a show.
Took him months just to ask her.
Took her seconds to laugh in his face.

Jonathon cried. He felt deep inside that his heart was slowly breaking.
If he was you you'd think it too.
One day he finally made his mind up just exactly what to do.

Who are we to judge a man for wanting something better?
Someone like Jonathon could be your friend or neighbour.
Would you be suprised if everyone dies - the horrid people in his life?

It's easy to be nasty.

Sometimes it's worthwhile to be nice.

Jonathon Baker, cool and collected one night wrote a list of names: Colleen and her brother. And his drunken mother.

Jonathon Baker included some teachers and bullies he knew from school.
The list was kept secret. No-one else needed to know.

His plan was so grand.
He had everything planned.
He couldn't wait till morning.
A feeling he knew - a feeling so true.
Now that he'd finally made his mind up just exactly what to do.

No-one can deny it.
Jonathon Baker had planned an unspeakable crime.
It was going to be nasty.
A devious dastardly show.

You're probably wondering if Jonathon had enough gumption to follow through.
Well wonder no longer.
Cos Jonathon's songs' nearly through.

The tale ended thus: he got hit by a bus.
Just meters from his front doorstep.
If I may be so bold - let me warn young and old.
Remember to always look both ways before you cross a busy road.

In Love with a Girl

Written By: Robert Graham

Once I saw her I just HAD to know.
Her name, her address, and her telephone.
I've never seen a girl who looks like that - I'm in love
and that's a fact.

She never noticed me but I saw her.
And something deep inside began to stir.
When I think of her it drives me mad - I'm in love.
I got it bad.

I wanna hold her - tell her I love her.
But she don't know my name
I wanna tell her that I'm dreaming of her.
How long must I wait?
I am going insane!

Her long hair shining in the autumn sun.
Living without her man it's just no fun.
When I close my eyes I see her face - I'm in love.
It's no disgrace.

I wanna hold her - tell her I love her.
But she don't know my name.
I wanna tell her that I'm dreaming of her.
How long must I wait?
I am going insane!

But then I saw her much to my suprise - kissing a girl and staring into her eyes.
My heart was broken, my head started to swirl - she's in love.
In love with a girl!

And so to her I'll say goodbye and goodluck.
I'll bow out gracefully and suck it up.
But I'll never hold her and it makes me sad - I'm in love.
It sure feels bad.
I'll never change her - that's her destiny.
She's in love - just not with me.
She's in love - but not with me.

Believe in Love

Written By: Robert Graham and Chris Brown

Believe in Love by Robert Graham and Chris Brown

Once in a while
I can feel you coming back
I can feel you coming back

Mile after mile
driving down this open road
Together on an open road

Do you really believe in love?
Or are we just killing time?
Do you want to live for love
or just leave it behind?

Look in my eyes
They're still shining bright for you
Shining day and night for you

Look at the stars
Do you ever fantasize?
You and I could be so high.

Do you really believe in love?
Or are we just killing time?
Do you want to live for love
or just leave it behind?

Now's the time to fight for love
Put your heart on the line
And if you want to fight for love
I'll be there every time

Every time we start to think of love as something unattainable remember that the feelings in our hearts are uncontainable....

The beauty and the pain - a power unexplainable,,,remember love is mystery and love can conquer the impossible.

No one can tell what time will bring
The coldest winter turns to spring....
The road ahead may just be rough
But it' s enough if we believe in love.

Set it Free (Afro-Astro Mix)

Written By: Robert Graham

Set it free........

One Little Sign

Written By: Robert Graham

Ain't if funny how you broke my heart and you didn't even know?
You had me from the very start but I never let it show.
How long can I wait for you to let me down or let me in?
How long can I wait for you? Cos I''m ready to begin.

Just give me one little sign.
That's all I need to carry on.
One little sign.
That I can build my hopes upon.
One little sign.

So many feelings that I have for you but they stay hidden deep inside.
If I was certain that you felt them too - then I wouldn't have to hide
I don't know what to do - cos there's just so far to fall
My heart just aches for you. But how can I risk it all?

Just give me one little sign.
That's all I need to carry on.
One little sign.
That I can build my hopes upon.
One little sign.

Just give me one little sign.
That's all I need to carry on.
One little sign.
That I can build my hopes upon.

Just give me one little sign.
That's all I need to carry on.
One little sign.
That I can build my hopes upon.

I've gotta tell you or I'll just die inside.
I can't keep pretending for the rest of my life.

Just give me one little sign.
That's all I need to carry on.
One little sign.
That I can build my hopes upon.
One little sign.

When I Feel Like THis

Written By: Robert Graham

WHEN I FEEL LIKE THIS
words and music by Robert Graham

When I feel like this
I can't move myself away from the abyss
There's no place where I can hide.
When I feel like this.

Staring at the truth
Like a tree that has been cut off at the roots
Am I brave enough to cry?

I can see you
and I can hear you
But there's nothing getting through
But don't stop trying
I need you lying
right next to me
When I feel like this

When I feel like this
the way I wanna be just fades into the mist
and there's clouds behind my eyes.
When I feel like this

Nothing in the world can get me high.
There could be a rainbow in the sky.
Look at all the people in the street
I'll never meet.

I can see you
and I can hear you
But there's nothing getting through
But don't stop trying
I need you lying
right next to me

When I feel like this

I Won't Cry For You

Written By: Robert Graham

I WON’T CRY FOR YOU

Words and music by Robert Graham
Performed by The Fairest and Best

I don’t care if you don’t care about me anymore
Here’s the last thing I will tell you before you walk out my door
There are demons that are haunting you – devouring your soul
I tried so hard to help you – but it’s out of my control

I won’t cry for you

All those times when you were down - I got you up again
And all those tears I cried for you – well I thought they’d never end
I can’t believe it took so long for me to see through you
I’ve wasted so much precious time – nothing left for me to do

I won’t cry for you
I won’t lie to you

Oh……

I won’t cry for you
I won’t lie to you

It Could Be You

Written By: Robert Graham

You see them on your tv screens
In newspapers and magazines
Leaving everything thy have behind

It's a journey they don't want take
They take it for their children's sake
Can you say you wouldn't do it too?

Humanity is staring at you - if you choose to see

It could be you
Why don't you feel what they're going through?
It could be you
It could be you

Do you really think it's true
when you see "there's nothing we can do"?
When you know you'd never say that as a child

Why can't you seem to comprehend
Life's just a lottery my friend
When did you decide the game was through?

Humanity is staring at you - if you choose to see

It could be you
Why don't you feel what they're going through?
It could be you
It could be you

People are people
People like you and me
Why can't you see?
Talk to the children
Cos they understand
If we can jump around on the moon
Then there's no excuse to turn away
Open up your hearts today

It could be you
Why don't you feel what they're going through?
It could be you
It could be you

Refugees are not a threat
There just people that you haven't met
People who are just like you
People who have dreams like you

Discography

"Storm in a Teacup" (album) - Robert Graham - 2009
"Believe in Love" (single) - Robert Graham - 2011
"When I Feel Like This" (EP) - The Fairest and Best - 2015

Set List

One Love

Believe in Love

Don't Go

Sunshine

Reaching You

Two People

The One that Got Away

Smiling Just for Me

I remember

Refugee

When I Feel Like this

She's Leaving Home

Love at First Sight

Jonathon Baker

Beat The Clock

It Was You

In Love with a Girl

One Little Sign

The Best of You is Yet to Come

I won't Cry for You

Living in a Coma