When Ramzi was 10, he picked up a trumpet. And he played. And played. Through symphonic bands, orchestras, jazz bands, and marching bands. And he realized he loved music. But he also liked to sing. And so he sang his way through chamber choirs, jazz choirs, barbershop groups, and community choirs. But he wanted to do both. And so (in actuality to win over his high school crush) he picked up a guitar. And he strummed. And he hasn't looked back since!
Born and raised in California, Ramzi is a singer-songwriter acoustic guitarist now living in New York. While his folk-rock-pop draws comparisons to other successful singer-songwriters such as John Mayer and Jason Mraz, his stories are most definitely his own. And though the catchy melodies and accomplished guitar work will impress, Ramzi is a storyteller first and foremost, and what really stands out is how quickly we find ourselves drawn in, sharing his experiences, yet relating them to our own lives. Inspired by people he has met and experiences in his life, he opens up to us without shame or boundaries, inviting us to join him on a journey into his world.
Ramzi's story really starts in 2006 when he left California for New York in search of some adventure and to dedicate himself to his lifelong passion, music. Since coming to New York he has played all over the city, including various bars/clubs/coffeehouses, in-store performances at Best Buy, a benefit concert at Lincoln Center, and at NYU Hospital as an active member of Musicians on Call. In 2008 he released his debut album, "Color", consisting of a dozen songs, written half in California and half in New York; an album Ramzi describes as "Songs about love and life, intended to put a smile on your face." Two years after "Color", Ramzi is back with a new album, “Champagne and Cigarettes” produced by Sean Gill of The Passengerz (Seal, Madonna, Nelly Furtado). A selection of five songs dedicated to moments that have influenced his life and people that have crossed his path and left their mark. This new EP is one of a grown-up Ramzi; an accomplished musician, singer and songwriter, more confident in himself and his music. A person who is eager to tell us a story, his story…
As for other singer/songwriters Ramzi is into, it's a huge list...some that come to mind: Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, Damien Rice, Colin Hay, Amos Lee, Ray LaMontagne, Joshua Radin, Cary Brothers, Paul Simon, Ben Harper, Elliott Smith, Francis Dunnery, James Taylor, and on and on