At 27 years old, Calum Graham has already accomplished what most artists twice his age could only hope for. In 2014, Calum was named one of the World’s Top 30 Guitarists under 30 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. His signature playing style has enthralled millions of listeners on YouTube and Spotify which has led to tours across Canada, USA, Germany, France, England, Scotland, Ireland, and China.
Calum plays the Acoustic, Baritone, and Harp Guitar in his live set, and his original melodies are guaranteed to pull at your heartstrings. His music embraces elements of many genres using his own unique fingerstyle technique inspired by the likes of Michael Hedges and Andy Mckee.
“The most promising young guitarist I’ve seen. His command of the guitar is already really impressive!” – Andy McKee
Calum began to play the guitar at the age of 13. Five years later in the summer of 2010, Graham attended the Canadian Guitar Festival and entered into the prestigious Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition. Impressed with his original compositions, the judges awarded First Place to Graham, a feat no other teenager has accomplished in the history of the festival. The clip of his winning performance has now generated over 1 million hits on YouTube.
As Calum’s name continued to grow worldwide for his original compositions and musicianship, Graham proved that his talent was not limited to his extraordinary ability to play the guitar. In 2011, Graham won the Canada’s Walk of Fame nationwide “A Song For Canada” contest based on his poetic acuteness. His winning poem was used in the song “I’m Here, (A Song For Canada)”. The song was performed by Chantal Kreviazuk and co-written by Graham, Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace) and Stephen Moccio (“I Believe”, 2010 Vancouver Olympics theme song/”Wrecking Ball” – Miley Cyrus)”.
“Calum’s entry resonated strongly among the judges. His poem celebrates the cultural mosaic that is Canada. He has captured the diversity of this country – something that we as a nation are renowned for and proud of.” – Stephan Moccio
In the late winter of 2012, and with two albums already under his belt, Graham teamed up with iconic Fingerstyle Guitarist Don Ross. The result was an instrumental acoustic duet album titled, 12:34. Recorded at famed ‘Metalworks Studios’ (Toronto, ON), and released through CandyRat Records, the album featured six originals by Graham, three by Ross, and a cover of the OutKast hit song, “Hey Ya!”.
In November of 2013, Graham released a solo instrumental album titled “Phoenix Rising” (CandyRat Records). The title track has generated almost 4 million views on YouTube, with other videos also notching similar numbers. The success of the album enabled Graham to expand his global fanbase and he soon began touring internationally, both on his own and with the likes of Don Ross and Andy McKee.
In September 2014, Graham teamed up with IMAX composer Steve Wood to write the musical score for ‘Humpbacks’, an underwater 3D adventure documentary for IMAX and other giant screen theatres. Narrated by acclaimed actor Ewan McGregor, the film is directed by Greg MacGillivray (“The Living Sea”, “Everest”), presented in association with Pacific Life and was released February 13, 2015 to IMAX theatres worldwide.
In 2016, Graham released his fifth studio album Tabula Rasa which was crowd-funded by fans across the globe and produced by world renowned Acoustic Guitarist, Antoine Dufour. Adding an extra dimension to his compositions, the album portrays Graham’s soulful vocals to his audience for the first time. The album was released in March and features a combination of his exemplary instrumental guitar work punctuated throughout with elements of folk, blues, and pop in his vocal songs with guest performances by Antoine Dufour and Bass Guitar Extraordinnaire, Michael Manring.
In April of 2019, Thread of Creation was released to eager audiences worldwide. Recorded in L’Assomption, Quebec, Canada produced with a beautiful sobriety by Quebec guitarist Antoine Dufour, Thread of Creation highlights, through a subtle interplay of reverberations, Calum Graham’s almost magical fingering, and his ability to create so many musical layers of beauty and humanity. One could have the impression of hearing more than one instrument on these compositions, so much the fingerstyle gives the musician great freedom.
“When you listen to this style for the first time, you get the impression that three guitars are playing at the same time. I play the bass score with my left hand and the melody with my right. It covers bass, melody and rhythm. It’s like a small orchestra with only one guitar. It creates a lot of possibilities for a solo guitarist.
Graham continues to write, teach, and tour extensively with his well established repertoire of original compositions to audiences around the world.