BJ Abraham | Almost Live at the Azalea

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Almost Live at the Azalea

by BJ Abraham

Some of BJ's most requested stories for grownups, ranging from the drama of her original Titanic story to that little boy who tells a lie, presented in her famous character voice.
Genre: Spoken Word: Storytelling
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1. The Good Ole Days
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2. Kibbie
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3. Maude O'Connor & the Devil
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4:59 album only
4. The Night the Unsinkable Became the Unthinkable
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5. Billy Brad & The Big Lie
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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People have been enjoying BJ's special style of storytelling since 1983 when she became a charter member of Southern Order of Storytellers in Atlanta and a member of National Storytelling Association. BJ says storytelling is a much welcomed low-tech art in a high-tech world.

BJ grew up Lebanese in the Mississippi Delta and has incorporated into her repertoire some of the voices and dialects she heard growing up. She draws some of her stories from her rich heritage, including "Kibbie," (found on this CD) which is a famous Middle Eastern dish. Eat before you listen; it'll make you hungry! Even if you didn't grow up in an environment like hers, you will hear similarities to your childhood: those cafeteria lunches, your relatives, the people you knew . . . Kids giggle and grownups delight in her character voices and accents, which you'll hear throughout her stories.

In 1998, she received a Master's Degree in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University. While at ETSU, she developed an unusual version of the sinking of the Titanic, told from the perspective of the ship. BJ has told at many venues throughout the Southeast and in Canada, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, and Syria. She was honored to be an official teller of "The Story of Blaze," the 1996 Paralymic Games mascot. In May 2001 BJ began presenting "Tapestry: A Lebanese-Jewish Storytelling Dialogue" in tandem with Audrey Galex. During 2001, she was featured in Southern Living Magazine, The National Storytelling Magazine, Atlanta Magazine, and National Network of Biblical Storytellers' Publication.

Quotes from her audiences:
"I thought there was a whole room of actors in there!"
"I think the rest of her life is an impersonation!"
"She has a special gift for dialect and facial expressions."
"BJ gets the kids in her audience involved so easily, they forget to be shy."
"I heard her Titanic presentation and it was one of the great story experiences in my 30 years of listening."
6th grader: "I saw the movie, 'Titanic.' It was OK, but I like yours better. It kept me on the end of my seat." 8th grader: "Titanic. . the best story I have ever had told to me."

Learn more at http://www.bjabraham.com


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David Lasseter

This storyteller is fantastic and good looking too!
The CD, "Almost Live at the Azalea" is very entertaining. B.J.'s character voices and wonderful voice captivates you while you are listening and leaves you wanting more. Good job B.J.

Georgia Wilson

Terrific storyteller and sister!
I thought the CD was very well done, professional, of great quality. I loved the pictures on front and back. I think she should make a CD just for children.

Anita Nelson

Spellbinding! Great voice, innovative storytelling.
I loved each segment of this CD. The first couple tell you who she is and her heritage. Then you begin to feel the education she has in her ability to take you - to the scene - with her change in diction and creativity of subjects. I agree B.J. should do children's stories and one devoted to bible stories or religious characters.

Steve

Thanks, BJ & CD Baby!
Glad to get BJ's CD; CD Baby was great to deal with!

Bob Linsenmayer

The story Billy Brad & the Big Lie is hilarious.
I love BJ’s CD, especially Billy Brad & the Big Lie. I first heard her tell this story at a festival and knew I had to have her CD. BJ’s character voice for the little boy and the dialog are hilarious! I’ve listened to the story many times, but can’t get enough of it. Just thinking about it makes me laugh.

Leighton Miller

A very good storyteller
I enjoyed this CD a bunch. Each story was told with feeling and I thought I was on the Titantic.

Sandra Jenkins


What a great storyteller....I was totally captivated by way she told the different stories and the many voices that she used. Hopefully, there will be another CD soon!

Louise Hill

Entertaining and thought provoking!
This CD is an excellent combination of fun tales and thought provoking stories. BJ does an excellent job of weaving life experiences into her entertaining stories. I am looking forward to future CDs

Fred Patterson

Wonderful array of characters brought to life in a flash!
I was impressed with the variety of stories and how I was drawn into each character's personification. I highly recommend this CD for those who appreciate the art of storytelling.