“That’s the power of music – the power of song – it can hit you when you’re up and it can hit you when you’re down; you just never know how it will hit you. These are songs of my soul that I’m singing for you.”
A platinum-selling recording artist who has performed to millions around the world, Andy Abraham is one of Britain’s most exciting male vocalists, currently taking theatre audiences by storm with the UK’s leading big band on his History of the Big Bands theatre tour.
Andy’s fourth album, Remember When… was released to great acclaim in March 2012. Recorded at the celebrated Steelworks Studio, Remember When… is a passionate and intimate record showcasing 2 brand new tracks written with celebrated songwriter Eliot Kennedy and 10 cover versions of classic soul songs that have made Andy the man and the artist he is today.
In his incredible career, Andy has released four studio albums, including The Impossible Dream, Soul Man, Even If and his most recent release Remember When… Selling in excess of half a million records, Andy has backed all of his albums up with highly popular UK tours, including the X factor Arena Tour (2006), Unforgettable tour (2006), An Evening with Andy Abraham (2008/2009) and History of the Big Bands (2012). A born entertainer, Andy’s incredible vocal talent has seen him perform to sell out audiences at world famous venues such as the Royal Albert Hall.
In 2011, Andy enjoyed a massively successful run in the hit West End musical Respect La Diva. This year, Andy is again impressing theatre audiences around the country with his latest tour History of the Big Bands, which sees him paying tribute to the golden era of swing music. Backed by a magnificent 13 piece big band, Andy puts the soul back into swing by guiding the audience through the band leaders and big band vocalists that have influenced him throughout his career:
“This show pays tribute not only to the best Big Band music ever written, but some of the best music ever written full stop. It’s such a privilege to be able to sing these numbers that were made famous by vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr and Frank Sinatra. When you hear their amazing voices and the incredible rhythm and phrasing in the swing arrangements, it’s impossible not to just get up and dance!”
Of all Andy’s achievements in the music industry, none is more special to the star than an appearance at the after party of the Ivor Novello Awards in 2006. Andy performed a medley of songs by legendary production duo Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. With the production veterans in the audience, Andy performed a tribute to their work including a show stopping rendition of ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’.
Dubbed the ‘voice of the people’, Andy shot to fame when he finished runner-up on the world famous TV show X-Factor in 2005. Andy’s soulful voice and down to earth personality saw him wow his mentor Sharon Osbourne, the judges and the public week after week as he took classic songs such as ‘Unforgettable’, ‘The Greatest Love of All’ and ‘Me and Mrs Jones’ and made them his own in soaring, searing, soulful renditions.