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Band/Artist Name: Abu Jibran
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Band Members: Abu Jibran (vocals, piano, songwriting)
What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : I live in Fairfax, Virginia and have since 2007
At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Two years ago, I got back into music after a long hiatus recording a cover song for each year I've been alive on Soundcloud - covering everybody from Beatles to Joe Cocker to the Police to Oasis to Death Cab for Cutie. I had to take most of them down but I raised enough money on Kickstarter from friends in DC to by cover rights to 12 of them - now available on stores as "Coffeehouse in Hamburg." Then I decided I should write my own stuff.
The name Abu Jibran means "Jibran's Dad" which is the name of my son, given to me by some Arab friends years ago and re-given to me since I've been in D.C.
Because I've worked as a journalist and environmentalist the past 7 years in DC - my lyrics tend to lean political, social or spiritual. A portion of my songs are called "50-50" songs. I split half the online revenue earned by 50-50 songs with a charity.
Anything else we should know, or you want to share: I released my first full-length album Lost In America, on July 4, 2016. This collection of songs runs the gamut - romantic ghosts, mid-life crises, the coming climate apocalypse, happy nuclear families, long overdue love songs, the weight of suicide, America's firearms epidemic, beer-fueled bromances, deceased pets, why Jesus wasn't a Republican.
My next projects include:
Producing lyric videos / live action videos / animations for the 50-50 songs on the Lost In America. I split half the online revenue earned by 50-50 songs with a charity.
Recruiting a band to play some live gigs around the Washington, D.C area.
Writing and producing my next EP album - Music For The Revolution - a collection of alternafunk political punk for the age of Trump.
Official Website URL: www.abujibran.com
Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/abujibranmusic
Spotify Link: https://play.spotify.com/artist/2EJefxkyM3WISqmwWOGxPT
Main Genre: Indie
Other Genres: singer-songwriter, alternative, funk, rock