Mindi Abair life and biography

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Mindi Abair biography

Date of birth : 1969-05-23
Date of death : -
Birthplace : St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-07-13
Credited as : Jazz saxophonist, ,

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Mindi Abair is an American smooth jazz saxophonist with a strong Top-40 pop music background. Mindi has toured and/or recorded with the Backstreet Boys, Duran Duran, Mandy Moore, Josh Groban, Adam Sandler, Keb' Mo', Lalah Hathaway, Lee Ritenour, Teena Marie, John Tesh, Bobby Lyle, Jonathan Butler, Peter White and Rick Braun.

Born on tour into a musical family, Mindi Abair was playing piano by the age of five. Within three years, she was playing saxophone and writing songs. She made her way through Berklee performing all kinds of music from jazz to rock and R&B.

Upon moving back to Los Angeles, Abair started her own band. She also took on session work with artists as diverse as the Gap Band, Adam Sandler, Mandy Moore, John Tesh, Teena Marie, and the Backstreet Boys. During this time, she worked on creating her own sound and released her debut disc in 1999. The Backstreet Boys connection really paid off for her, and her website and CD (entitled Love) took off. The year 2000 saw the release of the follow-up, Always and Never the Same, and shortly thereafter Abair signed with GRP Records. A sophomore effort, It Just Happens That Way, was issued in 2003. "Lucy's," "Save the Last Dance," and the album's title track went on to impact Top Ten radio. A year later, Abair returned with Come as You Are, her second set produced with her writing partner, Matthew Hager. In 2006, Abair released Life Less Ordinary, which featured guest vocals from Lalah Hathaway and Keb' Mo', and also performed at the Governors Ball, the official Oscars afterparty. The following year, she appeared on guitarist Peter White's - with whom she had performed frequently - Christmas album, but 2008 saw a return to her solo material (and an introduction to Abair as a singer) with Stars.

Discography:

Always and Never the Same (1999)
It Just Happens That Way (2003)
I Can't Wait for Christmas (2004)
Come As You Are (2005)
Life Less Ordinary (2007)
A Peter White Christmas with Mindi Abair and Rick Braun (2007)
Stars (2008)
In Hi-Fi Stereo (2010)

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