Up close and personal! Featuring ANDY ABRAHAM and LEE MEAD
Shades of Soul are delighted to exclusively present two of the UK’s leading male performers at the intimate Pheasantry in the heart of Chelsea.
This is an unique opportunity to see these two extraordinary vocalist in a series of intimate evenings of simply world-class music in glamorous surroundings.
“We’ve gone right to the top for our artists,” said Ross Dines Music Manager of the Pizza Express Music Clubs. “This series of shows entitled up close and personal is a terrific initiative – bringing top class artists to the Pheasantry!
Andy Abraham is a hugely talented artist and entertainer. His soulful voice and unique performance continues to exceed all expectations. Since his raise to fame in 2005 he has expertly dealt with the media spotlight, so much so that he has been dubbed “the man and voice of the people.”
In 2005 Andy came 2nd in the biggest light entertainment show on TV, ‘X Factor’, in which he wowed the judging panel and audiences across the nation with this soulful voice and winning personality. The most refreshing voice on the current soul scene, Andy Abraham is a talent that takes you back to the golden years of music bringing his own contemporary twist to classic songs.
Andy is an entertainer of exceptional quality and is so proud to be identified as the voice of the people. His career has seen him deftly navigate the public arena and his four year journey has seen him rise from to the status of the UK’s premier soul star. Not only has Andy embarked on four tours The X factor Arena Tour in 2006, The Unforgettable Tour in 2006, An evening with Andy Abraham in 2008/09 and The History of the Big Bands Tour 2012/12. He has had a sell- out show at the Royal Albert Hall and has released four albums: ‘Impossible Dream’ 2006, ‘Soul Man’ 2006, ‘Even If” 2008 and ‘Remember when.’2012, selling in excess of half a million records.
Andy’s career has gone from strength to strength as he continues to amaze audiences with this dazzling stage presence. In 2008 Andy was chosen to represent England at the Eurovision Song Contest and in 2009, demand continued to grow with Andy embarking on a sell-out 54 date UK tour as well as performing at a number of prestigious events. These included performing at the Muhammad Ali Charity event, Nelson Mandela Charity evening and joined Beverly Knight on stage at England’s football star Theo Walcott’s 21st birthday party.
Currently Andy is in great demand to perform at charity events, private corporate events and can be regularly seen participating in interviews and performing on TV chat shows. With raw talent, a captivating personality and stage presence to enthral and mesmerise; it’s no wonder Andy has gone on to become a true star and one of the UK’s most successful soul singers.
His 2012 History of the Big Bands Tour saw him enthrall audiences all over the country, performing soul and big band classics accompanied by a 13 piece band.
Whilst performing in The Phantom of the Opera, Lee Mead auditioned for the BBC series ‘Any Dream Will Do‘ to play Joseph. Mead was selected as one of the Top 20 finalists, and eventually won the role nine weeks later. Booking for Joseph was so fast that on 3 July 2007 – when the first three months were sold out – the producers extended the show’s run and Mead’s contract until 7 June 2008.
At the BBC’s London regional website Mark Shenton said of Lee ‘with a resonant voice that’s reminiscent of a young Michael Ball, he’s pitch-perfect, too.’ For theBBC Breakfast show’s reviewer Mead was “a star”. ‘Mead is in excellent form vocally,’ wrote The Stage’s Lisa Martland. For the Daily Express‘s Paul Callan, Mead’s ‘voice is clear, firm and convincing…”
On 12 June 2007, Mead released “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door” by download. Five days later, the songs entered the UK Singles Download Chartat No. 18. Six days after that, the songs peaked at No. 2. The proceeds from the songs went to the BBC’s annual Children in Need charity appeal. Lee released his first album ‘Lee Mead’ in 2007 and his second album ‘Nothing Else Matters’ in 2009.
In 2009 Mead was again asked to support BBC’s Children In Need and joined a host of established singers at Abbey Road Studios to record “All You Need Is Love” album.
Following his successful run as Joseph in the West End, Lee took on a new challenge. From January 12th 2010 at the Theatre Royal Windsor he starred in a touring revival of Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, adapted by Trevor Baxter as a Victorian comic melodrama, from the short story by Oscar Wilde. Mead led the cast playing the title role.
Lee returned to the West End in May 2010 to take on the role of Fiyero in the musical Wicked and pursue a solo singing career. On his days off from the musical, Lee took his own show ‘An Evening with Lee Mead’ to various venues in UK. He also starred in his own Christmas show at the London Coloseum in the West End in December 2010.
From June 2011, Lee returned to the West End to star in ‘Legally Blonde’ for a three month contract before departing on a ground-breaking tour of Japan in December 2011. After a concert at the prestigious Barbican at Christmas, Lee toured with his new band in February and March 2012 and released a third album in February 2012 called ‘Love Songs’.
During 2012 Lee has cast in TV acting roles – first as ‘Harry Timms’ in an episode of ‘Casualty’ for the BBC and also playing ‘Scott’ in Series 2 of ‘Bedlam’ for Sky TV. He was also asked to join the cast of a new concert venture called ‘West End Men’. The show has been a huge success and included a sell-out performance to 3000 people in Singapore.
In December 2012 and January 2013 Lee starred in his first pantomime ‘Jack in the Beanstalk’ at Southampton’s Mayflower working with Julian Clary and Nigel Havers.
2013 promises to be a very busy year for Lee with several new projects on the horizon and the chance to see his own concert show at venues in September. He is currently working towards the release of his fourth album and a new tour in 2014.