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Abraham Jam by Vicki Garlock

The Interfaith Observer
November 2018

“What people don’t see on stage is that our three lifestyles – as men with families, as artists, and as people deeply committed to our individual faith traditions – have come together to embody mutual respect and admiration.”

          – Dawud Wharnsby, Canadian writer, artisan, and musician

 

It all started in 2010 when Ontario, Canada-based Dawud Wharnsby was contacted by David LaMotte, who was working on peace and justice issues with the North Carolina Council of Churches. Anti-Muslim sentiment was on the rise in the Raleigh-Durham area, and David wanted to jump-start a counter-movement. “I was looking to start with university students,” David said, “which meant there had to be music.” The beauty of that first concert was palpable as Dawud Wharnsby (a Muslim), David LaMotte (a Christian), and Dan Nichols (a Jew), shared the stage with one another to promote interfaith harmony and inter-religious dialogue.

A few years later, the band Abraham Jam, now with Billy Jonas (replacing Dan Nichols), was formed. But they are no longer simply sharing the stage with one another; they are merging their individual talents to create a unique sound that highlights the distinctive beauty of interfaith bridge-building. They released their first CD a few days ago, just a week after performing at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. But the bigger message is how the members of Abraham Jam – all accomplished musicians and artists in their own right – honor the beauty of both their commonalities and their differences.

Continue to read the full Interfaith Observer article here

Abraham Jam’s recent performance at the 2018 Parliament of World Religions – Photo: Vicki Garlock

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New Album Release ~ Abraham Jam Live!

 

So ~ a Muslim, a Christian, and a Jew walk onto a stage…  It’s no joke! It’s Abraham Jam!

This trio of seasoned singer/songwriters — Billy Jonas, Dawud Wharnsby, and David LaMotte— team up to make the case that, harmony is greater than unity. Their debut live CD (also available for digital download) captures the beauty of their brotherhood and the essence of their collective passions for peace and justice, through songs rooted in all three of their respective spiritual traditions.

“Abraham Jam Live!” features 16 eclectic tracks, including the 1400 year old Muslim hymn “Tala’a Al Badru ‘Alayna”, an uplifting rendition of the 1960’s classic “Get Together” and songs co-written with King David and Francis of Assisi!  A snap-clap-sing-along in Hebrew, Arabic and English ~ guaranteed to make you drum on your knees, sing out, well up with emotion and hopefully join Abraham Jam at putting a little More Love into the world.

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