BHL: The Beat - In this episode Black Hollywood Live host DJ Jesse Janedy interviews singer Abraham McDonald.
With a gleaming smile and big heart, Abraham leaped into the hearts of millions as the winner of Oprah's Karaoke Challenge. Overnight, he was a household name, a winner of a $250,000 cash prize, and a record deal in 2010.
This interview was recorded January 24th, 2014.
Record mogul Antonio "LA" Reid who took notice of Abraham while judging Oprah's singing contest and signed him to the record label, Island Def Jam. Talk show host Oprah invited Abraham back to the show to perform his first single, "Miracle." The single received the Spirit Award and Best R&B Inspirational Record at the Malibu Music Awards.
In the spirit of old school music, Abraham's rich, velvety tones intertwined with graceful, heartfelt lyrics uplift the hearts of all who hear and watch him. His vocal range takes you to a place of yesteryear where true crooners like Nat King Cole, Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye and Luther Vandross dominated the airwaves, leaving listeners yearning for more!
In 2008, Abraham founded the Dreamland Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides access to performing arts in schools where music, dance, drama and art curriculums have been removed. By creating a bridge between the arts, music, positive choices and the classroom, the Dreamland Foundation is an investment in the youth of Los Angeles. Dreamland believes its unique approach to visual and performing arts improves the academic and personal outcomes for children and youth.