West End performer Nadim Naaman, released his second album Sides in 2016 whilst he was filling the boots of Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, with an album launch gig at The Hippodrome, London. The album reached #1 in the iTunes vocal chart, as well as reaching the main charts top 100. It was nominated for a Curtain Up Show award, coming a close second to winning the award to the Hamilton Mixtape!
The concept of Sides is a double-length album showcasing both sides of Nadim as a performer: as a singer-songwriter with nine original self-penned songs; and as an actor, with his take on nine musical theatre songs from writers and shows which have shaped and influenced his career so far:
1. Blinded By Fire
2. This’ll Be The Year
4. Something Out Of Reach
5. Here I Am – feat. Jeremy Secomb
6. I Want More
7. Falling – feat. Laura Tebbutt
8. Learn To Say Goodbye
9. Marry Me
10. One, Two, Three from The Fix (John Dempsey & Dana P. Rowe)
11. The Proposal/The Night Was Alive from Titanic (Maury Yeston) – feat. Rob Houchen
12. What Is It About Her? from The Wild Party (Andrew Lippa)
13. Moving Too Fast from The Last Five Years (Jason Robert Brown)
14. Funny from City of Angels (Cy Coleman & David Zippel)
15. Out There from The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz)
16. Goodbye/Boom Boom from Elegies (William Finn) – feat. Eva Noblezada
17. Fight The Fight from From Here To Eternity (Stuart Brayson & Tim Rice)
18. The Phantom of the Opera from The Phantom of the Opera (Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart & Richard Stilgoe) – feat. Celinde Schoenmaker
Bonus Track: A Soldier’s Christmas – written by Nadim & featuring Gerónimo Rauch.
Nadim is delighted to be joined on the album by guest vocalists Rob Houchen (Les Misérables) Eva Noblezada (Miss Saigon, Les Misérables), Jeremy Secomb (Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd), Celinde Schoenmaker (Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables), and Laura Tebbutt (Forbidden Broadway, The Wizard of Oz). The album will also feature a bonus track of the previously released ‘A Soldier’s Christmas’, written by Nadim and performed with former Phantom, Gerónimo Rauch.
Nadim released his first album We All Want The Same and received rave reviews for both the album and live performances of his material at The Pheasantry and Union Theatre, and has followed suit in review for this latest album:
“A true artist and huge star of the future. A perfect compilation, culminating in a flamenco inspired rendition of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ which is quite simply genius and feels very fresh. There is not a bad song on the album and I encourage you all to purchase a copy.” – BROADWAY WORLD
“‘Here I Am’ is a song that would comfortably sit within the score of a major musical. This CD could be viewed in the tradition of guitar playing singer/songwriter, except that Nadim Naaman’s vocal ability is stronger than most in this field.” – LIVE THEATRE UK
“The song-writing is at its best in Marry Me, which seems to bear an unbridled autobiographical energy bursting from the stanzas. The biggest treat however lies in the beautiful arrangement of the title song from ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’. As a re-worked interpretation of an iconic song, I’d venture to suggest it is unsurpassed. More of this please.” – JONATHAN BAZ
More about Nadim Naaman:
Nadim, most well-known for playing Raoul in Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the 30th Anniversary cast, made his West End debut as Rolf in The Sound of Music (London Palladium), and has since played roles including Bertie Wooster in By Jeeves directed by Sir Alan Ayckbourn (Old Laundry), Anatoly in Chess (Union), Charles Clarke in the UK professional premier and Toronto production of Maury Yeston’s Titanic (Southwark Playhouse), 1st cover Alan & Alfie in One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre production at Haymarket Theatre) and Anthony in the acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd at Harrington’s Pie & Mash Shop. Nadim performed in the cast of The Phantom Of The Opera 25th Anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall, and the 30th Anniversary performance at Her Majesty’s Theatre, and has sung backing vocals for Elton John, Rod Stewart, Britain’s Got Talent, and on the Madagascar 3 film soundtrack. He has performed in several one-off concerts including How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Guildhall, City of London Festival), A Little Night Music (Palace Theatre), and Kings of Broadway (Palace Theatre), as well as producing two large-scale charity galas of his own, Playing Our Part, featuring a host of West End stars accompanied by a full orchestra, which have raised over £95,000 in aid of Breast Cancer Research and Comic Relief.
© Nadim Naaman 2016 ℗ Auburn Jam Records 2016.