"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 and have been featured on FM Radio station 92.5 The River in their Homegrown Artists Series. Some of these venues include headlining The Middle East Club - Downstairs (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. They recorded their first EP, "Way Back When" at Ugly Duck Studios in the summer of 2017 and is now available on all music platforms!