PLATINUM-selling former X Factor contestant Andy Abraham says he is ‘excited’ about his new big-band swing show which heads to the Waterside later this year
Since finishing runner-up to Shayne Ward in the 2005 TV talent show, Abraham has released three successful albums, toured extensively across the UK and finished last in 2008’s Eurovision song contest.
The likeable 47 year old is aiming to distance himself from his X Factor origins, saying: “I am hoping that tag will get pushed to one side the longer I am doing my thing.”
During his new show he will croon to records such as In the Mood, Take The A-Train and Opus One, with support from a 13-piece swing band.
A high spirited Abraham said: “It is kind of celebrating the great swing music from the 1920s, 30s and 40s. There is just something about that particular era and time – even today many singers are emulating the fantastic vocalists that have gone before, such as Frank Sinatra or Sammy Davis Jr. We are kind of celebrating that.”
The singer believes that swing music will remain popular in 100 years’ time because of its quality.
“Songs like Mr Bojangles and When I Fall In Love, you can’t bottle that in a studio, you have to see it live.
“That is the beauty of it. It is going to be a very interesting show, I may be trying to do some tap dancing, you never know,
“I’m going to be in effect the host as well, with some narrating between songs. It will be fun, there is a lot of people out there that love big band music.”
Abraham is set to release his new album called Remember When in the run-up to Mother’s Day.
“The actual album is a musical journey documenting my life,” he explains.
“For example the record Lean On Me is a reference to my best friend, who passed away from heart disease.”
The singer expects the Aylesbury audience to be made up of fans from his X Factor time and those who enjoy swing.
He said: “A lot of people will be coming to the show to listen to big band music or coming to see me because they have seen what I have done since the show.
“I hope people will say: ‘He had a great voice, I enjoyed the show, it was a great night’s entertainment’.
“That is what I would like them to take away from it.