Sunlight & Shadows
Abri van Straten was born in South Africa, and grew up in the picturesque city of Cape Town. Both parents were successful authors who encouraged an appreciation of the arts. He first picked up the guitar at the age of ten and never put it down again. He's has been writing songs ever since. Since completing a degree in music he has been the lead singer, song writer and guitarist for the South African rock group, The Lemmings. The group has toured Europe, Scandinavia and most recently the US. The Lemmings have recorded four CD's and performed over one thousand shows. "I was greatly influenced by the lyric writers of the 60's and 70's like Dylan, Simon and Garfunkle, as well as the Afrikaans writers, friends of my Dad's, who would often come around to the house to talk about art and literature. I owe them a great debt." Abri now lives in California with his wife, who he met on his latest US tour, Kristin Bauer, currently on True Blood as 'Pam'. "Sunlight and Shadows" is his first Solo CD, more acoustic than previous albums.