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PETER ANDRE

NEW ALBUM “COME FLY WITH ME”

RELEASED ON EAST WEST RECORDS / WARNER MUSIC

 

It’s been twenty years since Peter Andre was first catapulted into the public consciousness with his global hit ‘Mysterious Girl’. It’s been a remarkable journey: three chart-topping singles; a further seven Top 10 hits; and Platinum, Gold and Silver certifications for seven of his albums to date. And that’s before we even consider his ability to fill large scale venues such as The O2 Arena, Wembley Arena and the Royal Albert Hall.

 

Now Peter is set to embark upon a new stage in his recording career with the October 16th release of his new album ‘Come Fly With Me’. It’s his first release under a new deal with East West Records / Warner Music. The album coincides with Peter’s participation on the new celeb-packed series of Strictly Come Dancing.

 

Inspired in part by the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s birth, ‘Come Fly With Me’ is full of Peter’s takes on Rat Pack standards including the album title track ‘Come Fly With Me’, ‘Mac The Knife’ and ‘Ain’t That A Kick In The Head’. Peter has created a collection of songs which is rich in authentic swingin’ sounds, from the rhythmic diction of his vocals through to live percussion and a full brass section.

 

The album features the talents of producer Nick Southwood (Oscar-nominated for the song ‘Lost Stars’ which was performed by Adam Levine, Maroon 5 and Keira Knightley), bassist Adam King (collaborator with jazz legends Peter King and Stan Tracey), drummer Adrian Meehan (Robbie Williams) and keyboardist Rich Milner (James Morrison, Morcheeba).

 

“All of these songs are great great classics,” says Peter. “The fact that we’re celebrating hundred years of Frank Sinatra makes the choice even better because you can start to pick some of the favourites that Franky was really well-known for. When you listen to these old classics, you realise what real music is.”

 

Music is the core strand in Peter’s range of activities. There are also his television projects – Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover, a series of documentaries which proved to be the UK’s biggest reality TV show for ten consecutive series, and Sunday Scoop to name but a few, with more to come – as well as his charity work which includes the launch of the Peter Andre Fund in support of Cancer Research UK, plus support for Nordoff Robins, the NSPCC, Cauldwell Children and Health Improvement Project Zanzibar.

 

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Julian Ovenden announces new album Be My Love

Released 22nd April 2016 on East West Records

 

- New studio album celebrating the works of great American composers and lyricists including Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Rodgers & Hammerstein

- Songs from 1923’s What I’ll I Do to 1992’s Here’s To Life

- Recorded at Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles

 

Julian Ovenden is not who you think he is. Sure, you’ll have seen him a lot on television including Foyle’s War and as the scheming Charles Blake in Downton Abbey, but his new album, Be My Love (released April 22nd on East West Records), is the culmination of 33 years of musical training.

 

Based on his love of great American composers and lyricists of the first half of the 20th Century, the album includes works from Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, and the great partnerships of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Rodgers & Hart.  What all these names have in common are that they hark to an era when the lyrics were as important as the music.

 

From Irving Berlin’s 1923 composition “What’ll I Do” to Shirley Horn’s classic 1992 “Here’s To Life”, sometimes alongside an orchestra, sometimes alongside a big band or sometimes alongside just a piano, the record is underpinned by a voice brimming with joy, hurt and passion.

 

It’s in the tradition of Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr and the great standards singers of any era, but as Julian explains, “it’s a marriage of old and new. I respect these songs, but they’re done with a fresh, dynamic sensibility.”

 

Be My Love was recorded at the legendary Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles, where the walls are adorned with photos of the giants who recorded there: Sammy Davis Jr, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin.

 

“It was terrifying,” chuckles Julian. “But I like being scared and I like being out of my comfort zone. The place hasn’t really changed since the ‘50s. There’s real magic in that room.”

 

Nick Patrick, who produced the best-selling If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, met Julian on the Downton Abbey Christmas album and the pair were reunited on Be My Love. Julian knew exactly which songs he wanted to breathe new life into. This resulted in the songs being recorded over one heady week with musicians and singer in the same room at the same time, face to face, the way it used to be.

 

Serendipitously, the songs fell into a three-section narrative, reminiscent of the great Sinatra albums. First comes the giddy joy of new love; then the heartbreak of love turning sour and, finally, the acceptance that what happened was good and it’s time to move on.

 

“I wanted songs that moved me,” he explains. “If I can connect to a song as a person and as an artist, it works for me.”

 

Made famous by Mario Lanza in 1950, the title track encapsulates the album. “I’ve always loved its honesty and openness. It’s a direct invitation to the world I want the album to create. A world that is romantic, deeply felt, but has a feeling of escapism and fantasy. It’s exciting, alluring and seductive, but it’s personal, intimate and connected too.”

 

Julian Ovenden is more than equipped to make this type of record. From the moment the son of a preacher man (and now the husband of soprano Kate Royal), was enrolled as a chorister at the renowned St Paul’s Cathedral, music has been his life.  There, he honed his skills and began the daily two-hour practice sessions which continue to this day. “To me it’s like cleaning my teeth, or walking the dog. Back then, it was full-on: when other schools had broken up, we were still there singing, even on Christmas Day. You’re either going to do it forever, or never do it again.”

 

Needless to say, Julian loved it forever and, when he was given the key to St Paul’s Cathedral, he spent nights there, on his own, playing the cathedral’s organ. “It made such a racket,” he smiles. “but nobody heard me. At least, I don’t think they did.” Such were his skills that they earned him a music scholarship to Eton and, then, another scholarship to New College Oxford.

 

After Oxford, unsure of where to go, acting called and these days he’s neither a singing actor nor an acting singer. Instead, he’s a singer and an actor. His love of singing has taken him all over the world to prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre in New York, the Royal Opera House, the Chatelet in Paris, the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, on Broadway and in the West End. He’s also regularly collaborated and performed with the celebrated John Wilson Orchestra as well as musicians including Alison Balsom and Michel Legrand.

 

“With my music, if I can in some way affect people, that’s enough.”

 

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Track Listing

 

1. I’ll Take Romance

2. My Heart Stood Still

3. Be My Love

4. The Way You Look Tonight

5. Get Happy

6. They Say That Falling In Love/ I Got Lost

7. Every Time We Say Goodbye

8. My Foolish Heart

9. But Not For Me

10. What’ll I Do

11. I Wish You Love

12. My Funny Valentine

13. Here’s To Life

 

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Dan Deacon – Deacon Communications