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AHI Embraces His Identity on Genre-Blurring New Album 'Prospect'
Toronto musician AHI (pronounced EYE) has released his new studio album Prospect, an uplifting, original, soulful collection of ten inspired songs that blur the lines between roots, folk, pop, and soul.
Recorded in Nashville with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Paul Mabury, Prospect serves as a journey of self-discovery and liberation for AHI as he fearlessly grapples with pain, healing, faith, resilience, and identity. While delivering on the promise of his first two critically acclaimed records, the new album finds AHI looking inward with piercing insight and unflinching honesty across tracks that revel in the healing power of human connection (“Lift Me Again”), meditate on the importance of knowing you’ll be heard (“Say It To Me”), and celebrate the transformative joy of true love (“Until You”). Unlike his previous releases, AHI finally reveals his face on the Prospect cover as he fully embraces himself, ultimately yielding the most revelatory, relatable, and fully-realized work of his career to date.
Prospect follows a breakout stretch for the JUNO-nominated Canadian songwriter, including his national TV debut on CBS This Morning and a Tiny Desk Concert, eventually leading to tour dates with the likes of Mavis Staples, Patty Griffin, Michael Franti, and Lauren Daigle at iconic venues like Radio City Music Hall, Red Rocks, and The Greek Theatre.
While on the road with Daigle for nearly two years, AHI developed a tight bond with her producer Paul Mabury, who he quickly learned would offer him sonic support and philosophical guidance when it came time to record Prospect. “As a black man, I’ve always been very conscious of the ways people can pigeonhole you before they’ve even heard your music,” says AHI. “But Paul embraced me for who I am and purely on my talent.”
Ahkinoah Habah Izarh, better known by the stage name AHI is a Canadian singer-songwriter, whose album In Our Time was named as a Juno Award nominee for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2019.
Originally from Brampton, Ontario and based primarily in Toronto, he released his debut album We Made It Through the Wreckage in 2016. In 2017, he won the Canadian Songwriting Competition in the folk category, as well as the Stingray Rising Star Award at the Folk Music Ontario conference. He then signed to Thirty Tigers, which released his sophomore album In Our Time in 2018.