2013 X-Factor winner, singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Dami Im unveils her new album and tour, Classic Carpenters (out April 29, 2016 through Sony Music). A breath-taking homage and re-invention to one of Dami’s idols, Karen Carpenter. The show features all the classics like There’s A Kind Of Hush, Close To You, Rainy Days and Monday’s, A Song For You and more, plus Dami’s chart-topping hits Alive, Super Love, Gladiator and will reprise her stunning song “Sound of Silence” performed for Australia in Sweden for Eurovision and share the behind the scenes news of her journey to Eurovision.
In 2013 Dami Im arrived, seemingly out of nowhere, and found herself a home in the sonic heart of Australia. Born in South Korea, Dami won the X Factor on the strength of her astonishing voice and palpable sense of artistry. More success followed as Dami earned a #1 album with Dami Im and followed it with the hugely successful Top 10 release, Heat Beats. Dami garnered more time at the upper echelon of the charts with hits such as ‘Alive’, ‘Super Love’ and ‘Gladiator’. Nominations followed for Dami in virtually every category of The World Music Awards and her nomination for Channel [V]’s Artist Of The Year.
For any one tuning into the X Factor it was obvious that Dami was not only an artist of the new millennium, but she possessed a devout understanding of the rich history of pop and how truly great songs are crafted.
In a move that echoes the stellar singers from pop’s past, Dami has opted to recorded a covers album, with a twist. Any serious pop connoisseur will go a little giddy at the notion. Dami’s Classic Carpenters is as blindingly good as the concept sounds.
“My first paid gig as a singer was at an upmarket Chinese restaurant in Brisbane where they had an upright piano and I had to bring my own microphone and a speaker to sing for a couple of hours each week,” explains Dami.
You see … when it came to selecting material, Dami knew exactly where to look.
“Growing up in Korea, and then in Australia, my parents used to listen to pop songs. I didn’t know who the singer was but I listened and sang along anyway. When I was looking for songs that the diners might like to hear, I realised a lot of the tunes that I knew were ones that my parents had played. Many were songs recorded by the Carpenters.”
“I really liked the feeling of innocence and magic these songs had. I loved the tone of Karen’s voice which is so pure and clear yet somehow fragile and mournful. (Her voice) was just like her life that seemed perfect on the outside but lonely and lost on the inside. Her music sings of optimism but a deeper emotion carries through … the more I performed their songs, I could relate more and more with Karen.”
“[But] being a person who prefers coffee with a small group of friends rather than drinks at a crowded party, it was difficult becoming a ‘pop star’ all of a sudden,” she explains. “It’s more that two years since X-Factor and I’ve played all over Australia and Asia… and during these years I’ve experienced some of the stress and the constant pressure that comes with being in the spotlight. The success I’ve had as a singer is minimal compared to Karen, who was a worldwide mega star, but I can relate to some of the mental strain and the loneliness Karen would have lived through. Throughout her life (Karen) was never in a lasting long-term relationship. She suffered from anorexia, something that wasn’t as well-known back then, and it eventually took her life.”
“My intention isn’t to copy Karen’s voice or her tone,” continues Dami. “Our voices naturally sound so different. I try to bring out the joy and the innocence in the songs while trying to sing them as honest and raw as I could as Dami, rather than pretending to be someone else.”
For Dami, Classic Carpenters is about one thing … the music. Great songs are made to be sung and those song-lines are carried through generations. Dami adventures with music started when she was five years old and learning the piano. That led to classical piano and a Masters degree in singing jazz. The extravagant outfits on X-Factor caught our attention but her trademark is her incredibly distinctive voice.
“X Factor opened up so many new doors that I could never have imagined. I’ve gotten to travel to countries such as China, Korea, Singapore, America and Sweden to perform my songs and to write new ones.”
“People recognise me as ‘that singer’ from the X Factor who has a big voice and a big wardrobe. I thoroughly enjoyed the extravagant outfits and the make up,” she reflects, “but, with this album I wanted to go back to who I was before all of that happened and reintroduce who I really am and always have been - I’m a musician and a singer first. On this album, before my producer and I decided on any arrangements, I sat at my grand piano and sang and through some of the Carpenters’ tunes and recorded them while accompanying myself. Those home recordings became the starting point and the inspiration behind each of the tracks. With this album and through my live performances, I hope to be remembered as the girl who is a real musician at heart who speaks truthfully through her craft.”
Dami Im‘Yesterday Once More’ Classic Carpenters
Saturday 12th November
The Events Centre, Caloundra
Full Price: $59.95 | Concession, Students & Group 6+: $54.95 | Child 2-12: $32.50
Bookings: Call 5491 4240 or visit http://www.theeventscentre.com.au
The Events Centre, Caloundra
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