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July 10, 2014, 9:49 am

Graham to perform at East Eden Vegan Catering

Known for its wide variety of vegan and vegetarian cuisine, East Eden Vegan Catering, located at 5600 Germantown Ave., also hosts different events for others to enjoy.

On Saturday, R&B singer and songwriter, Justin Graham will be performing the songs off his latest album, “The Seasons of Love, Volume One.” Doors will open at 8 p.m. and the performance will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Graham, who has always been a child of music, began at a young age when he became interested in playing and learning the craft.

“Ever since I can remember, I've wanted to be a singer [and] songwriter," he said. "I played [the] alto saxophone and the harmonica a little bit. I wanted a guitar but my parents never got me one."

Graham received his inspiration to play the saxophone after watching the Glen Miller Band footage on PBS, and watching his favorite artist, Stevie Wonder, play the harmonica.

Currently, Graham is working on his first EP, which he will be performing songs from at East Eden. Because he has not officially released an album, listeners can hear his music on his Sound Cloud.

When it comes to music, for Graham, he is a one-man show, when it comes to performing. Because of his very musically-inclined family, he learned to take on the responsibility of writing and playing his own music because, to him, it felt "natural" and he couldn't see one skill without the other.

"I've actually been more into the solo aspect of writing and performing [because] it is more freeing and it's completely and honestly me," he said. "I do look forward to collaborating with [different] artists in the future."

In the past, Graham has performed at the World Live Cafe in Philadelphia, Harvest Open Mic events, and Wired Beans Cafe Coffee's After Dark Open Mic events where he was featured. For now and the future, Graham wants to take his music in the direction of making it his own and taking whatever inspiration he possibly can to improve himself along the way.

"You can take a trip down memory lane, or get lost in the spent emotion that you are currently engulfed in," he said. "You also have the choice of being taken to the future and looking at possibilities.

"Music can be and is anything you want it to be when you want it to be, and I'm honored to be a conduit of such a powerful resource.”

For the future, Graham plans on making more performances because he loves the connection to the audience and finds it "priceless." He wants to continue taking heed to his friend, Marcus Williams, who recently past away. Williams believed in Graham and pushed Graham to achieve his goals.

"[Williams] was the first non-family member to really force me to see that I had a marketable gift [that is] not so common," he said. "Currently, my cousin, Bill Byrd, is my acting manager. He motivates, encourages, inspires [me], sets up meetings and gets me gigs."