Aaron Abernathy, professionally known as AB, is a multi-talented entertainer – musician, singer, songwriter, and producer. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, AB comes from a long-line of historical pioneers including Civil Rights Leader, Rev. Ralph David Abernathy and student of the same high school music program as the late R&B great Gerald Levert.
AB’s detailed-oriented passion for the craft is influenced heavily by the unstoppable showmanship of James Brown; the supreme vocal talents of Prince and Marvin Gaye; the inspired lyricism of Stevie Wonder; and the fearless originality of George Clinton.
His professional music pursuits began on the historical steps of Howard University, where he formed the band AB and The Souljourners and developed a buzz on the local DC music scene with the release of his self-produced debut album Lyrically Inclined 1.3: The Odyssey. After graduating from Howard, they embarked on a US Tour. The band’s talent and showmanship style caught the eye of several artists, most notable Eric Roberson and Slum Village. Eric Roberson featured AB in NYC based showcases and on his 2009 single “Howard Girls.” Slum Village hired AB to be their musical director from 2005-2010, revamping their performances from the traditional DJ and Emcee format to live band hip-hop experience. He also was featured on the single “Dance” from their 2010 album Villa Manifesto.
In 2009, AB transitioned his musical director talents to underground hip-hop heavyweight Black Milk. In addition to touring the US, Europe, and Australia with Black Milk, AB has been featured on his last three albums Tronic, A.O.T.Y., and No Poison No Paradise. Songs include: Reppin’ For You, Oh Girl, and Parallels.
AB has also been spotted working with Grammy-nominated artists including Jack White, The Foreign Exchange, and Eric Roberson.