Welcome to our EPK

Welcome to our EPK


"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. 

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!



Previous events


Rockport New Year's Eve Festival


Northshore Mall


Album Release Party!


This is the day we're releasing our album! Come hear us play all of our songs and get a chance to grab some exclusive merch!


Social Media

This feature is rendered via ajax


I think this song should be at the top of the Bill Board charts because it really shows your skills and love for music... Rhythm is comforting and daring. Lyrics sound easy to sing to. Instruments make the song sound heart warming and inspiring.”

— Reverbnation Crowd Review

The music in this song is very impressive. I loved listening to the instrumentals but the vocals blew me away even more. The singer's voice was so smooth, crisp, clear, and any other adjective you could think to describe a good singer. I loved the crescendo and it just got better with more time, as the singer showed off and the music built. I really loved listening to this. It had amazing vocals, music and lyrics. I loved the singer and loved hearing this song”

— Reverbnation Crowd Review