"Above Water" is an American rock/pop group made of James Vassallo (Vocals/Guitar), Jake Stavros (Lead Guitar), Dan Gantt (Drums) and Sam Ober (Bass/Vocals). Discovered and developed in early 2013 under the watchful eye of skilled indie award- winning songwriter/producer Brad Byrd, the project took flight. After months of pre-production in Massachusetts, Byrd connected them with famed rock producer/mixer Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray, Augustana) and Grammy award winning engineer Phil Allen (Adele) where they embarked on recording their debut EP Los Angeles, CA. The 4 song freshman effort was eventually mastered at the legendary Gateway Studios via Bob Ludwig’s right hand engineer and Grammy award winning Adam Ayan.
James Vassallo began to play guitar as soon as he could walk. Playing at family events and school, he learned to love playing to anyone who would listen. He also developed a passion for writing music and sharing with others. James references inspirations such as John Mayer, Jason Mraz and Ed Sheeran. Jake Stavros began to play guitar when he was as young as five years old. Growing up listening to music from Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, and Jimi Hendrix, he developed a love for the electric guitar and it hasn't slowed down since. Dan Gantt has been playing drums as far as he can remember. Growing up surrounded by music he played in a band with his mother and brother as young as the age of 7. His favorites are Steve Jordan, Carter Beauford and Chad Smith. Sam Ober grew up playing guitar and singing, and has recently made a switch to bass! He sites inspirations such as John Mayer and Jason Mraz.
These young talented artists are playing many shows across the north shore of Massachusetts. Some of these venues include The Middle East Club (Cambridge, MA), 7 Central (Manchester, MA), Mile Marker 1, Katrina's Bar and Grille (Gloucester, MA), The North Shore Mall (Peabody, MA), The Rockport New Years Festival and Motif #1 Day (Rockport, MA), and other events such as weddings and a live TV performance and interview on the Local Music Seen with Allen Estes. We recorded our first album, "Way Back When" at Ugly Duck Studios and is now available on all music platforms!