Calum Graham

Artist of the Month | October 2011


“The first pickup I bought from K&K was one of their more inexpensive products. It was within my budget, so I decided to try it out. But do not be fooled, low cost did not equal to low quality. Right away I was blown away by how ‘pure, and full’ the sound was. It was WAY better than some of the $500 pickups I had been using! Immediately, I ripped out my old guitar pickups and I bought another pickup system for my other guitar.

Two years later, I have been consistently been using their products with a busy performing schedule, with absolutely NO issues. Even recently, I bought a new pickup with an internal preamp from K&K, and asked to switch to an external preamp, and they did so without hesitation. The people working behind K&K are extremely passionate, kind, and dedicated to making world-class products. I will proudly be using their pickups for as long as I live, and play live! K&K ALL THE WAY!!!!”

Guitar Virtuoso Calum Graham has been blasting his way through the Alberta music scene in the short 5 years he’s been playing. From the small town of High River, Alberta he is truly a unique talent that is destined for the ‘World Stage’. This 19 year–old fretwork phenom has a dynamic and upbeat style, and is at the forefront of a new generation in music.

At this time, Calum is in the midst of recording his next studio album entitled “Indivisibility” down in Los Angeles with renowned Musician and Producer CJ Vanston (Joe Cocker, N’Sync, Tina Turner). This album will not only feature Calum’s unique style on the guitar, but also his engaging voice, and strong songwriting skills. What results, is a dynamic sound that is unmistakably Calum Graham.

Calum was recently chosen as the Grand Prize Winner for the ‘Song for Canada’ Contest in August 2011. The applicants were asked to translate what Canada means to them into a song. The judges were Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace), Chantal Kreviazuk (Multiple Juno award winner), and Stephan Moccio (Composer of ‘I Believe for 2010 Winter Olympics), and they chose Calum’s song above all the nation-wide submissions. In February 2011, Calum was chosen to represent Alberta Music in ‘The National Artist Program’, at the Canada Winter Games in Halifax N.S. The National Artist Program brings three selected emerging artists from each province/territory together to collaborate with other artists and create a Gala performance of original material at the end of the 2-week program.

2010 has proven to be a successful year in showing Calum’s ability and what he is truly capable of. His most recent highlight was a first place finish at the Prestigious Canadian Guitar Festival in Ontario, where Calum was judged by 3 of the world’s best acoustic ‘fingerstyle’ guitarists (Don Ross, Antoine Dufour, Tony McManus), topping his second place finish from the previous year. Calum performed his original compositions, and was judged by audio-only reference to the judges backstage, which marked the competitors with Olympic-style score sheets. Calum was the only teenager to ever win this National Competition in its entire history and CBC radio and the “Sun” newspaper covered his follow-up story all over Canada.

Earlier that year, Calum was invited to perform at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where he showcased with the top Artists of Alberta. Shortly after, he flew out to Burbank, California to showcase himself for some key industry professionals at Disney Music and Hollywood Records. All of this and more, while maintaining a steady performing schedule at various world-renowned Folk Festivals and concert-venues. Graham continues to work full-time at his craft and steadily build a name for himself, across the nation.

In 2009, Calum won first place at the Calgary Stampede Talent Search, which qualified him to compete in Nationals, at the Canadian Youth Talent Competition (Past winner – Michael Buble’) where he also finished first place. This was the first year that a representative from Calgary, Alberta has ever won at the National Competition in its 30-year history. Barely off the plane from P.E.I, Calum was offered to record his first album entitled “Sunny Side Up” at a local studio in Calgary. This album showcased his ability to not only play the guitar well, but to write exceptionally for his age. Album reviews along with David Bowie and Whitney Houston showed promise for this young man.

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