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Win 1 of 5 signed copies of 'Trust' - the new album from ALFIE BOE out on 11 Nov

ALFIE BOE


RELEASED 11 NOVEMBER ON DECCA RECORDS


Trust Alfie Boe, formerly known as ‘The Nation’s Favourite Tenor’, to move further away from his traditional operatic repertoire as he reveals a brand new album of timeless songs, sung just the way they should be. On ‘Trust’ – the follow up to 2012’s hugely successful ‘Storyteller’ – Alfie Boe has never sounded so coolly contemporary as he applies his extraordinary gifts to a soulful set of country and blues, folk and gospel, standards and originals.

Alfie is joined by legendary producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Walter Becker, Tracey Chapman, Madeleine Peyroux) for classics such as, ‘Georgia On My Mind’, ‘You’ve Got A Friend’ and ‘Glory, Glory Hallelujah’. The ever-rebellious singer, who has always wanted to try his hand at different musical styles and forms, is happy to explain his musical journey:

“I was being hemmed in, and being controlled. And I don’t like that. I don’t like being told what to do. My mother’s the only one who can do that! I’m not closing the door to opera or music theatre, I just don’t think it’s the right time to go back to that”

And in his restlessness Alfie continues to impress, stealing the show at last summer’s Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace and then releasing his best-selling autobiography ‘My Story’, which reveals the secrets of the struggles he has experienced working within the confines of an artistic milieu that values his talents in shows ranging from The Pearl Fishers to La Traviata, but at the same time stifles his genre-straddling, rule-trashing ambition.

Hence his most recent UK concert dates, the repertoire for which drew on the full range of Boe’s musical interests, from pop to rock to classical to musical theatre. Over the sold-out run of the Storyteller tour, which included two nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Boe played to almost 80,000 fans. Given UK album sales of over one million and three Top Ten album placings, the tour was a triumphant cap on his career – so far.

And hence, too, Trust. The idea for the album grew, in part, from an American club tour Boe undertook with a lively rock’n’blues band earlier this year. It was his second US tour in six months, a mark of the Brit’s stratospheric rise in the States, which largely stems from American TV channel PBS’s repeated broadcast of the film of the 25th anniversary production of Les Miserables, with Boe in the lead role of Valjean.

Boe is stretching out in other ways too. He’s previously starred on Broadway in film director Baz Luhrmann’s acclaimed staging of La Bohème. But this autumn he makes his “straight” acting debut. In the upcoming second series of ITV’s hit period drama Mr Selfridge, Boe appears as a tenor named Richard Chapman. In the 1914-set show, he plays a crucial role in one of the storylines in the series about the founder of the eponymous London department store.

But music will always be Boe’s first love. And the making of Trust, he admits, is a dream come true.

“I hope listeners enjoy this new musical journey as much as me" – Alfie Boe, 2013

Tracklisting:
1. Keep Me In Your Heart (by Warren Zevon)
2. Many Rivers To Cross (by Jimmy Cliff)
3. You’ve Got A Friend (by Carol King)
4. If You Go Away (by Jacques Brel & Rod McKuen)
5. Trust
6. God Give Me Strength (Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach)
7. Glory Glory Hallelujah (Trad. arr. by Alfie Boe & Larry Klein)
8. Georgia On My Mind (by Hoagy Carmichael & Stuart Gorrell)
9. Forever Young (by Bob Dylan)
10. Rosie (Trad. Arr. by Larry Klein & Alfie Boe)
11. The Dimming of the Day feat. Shawn Colvin (by Richard Thompson)
12. Danny Boy (Trad. Arr. by Larry Klein & Alfie Boe)

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COMPETITION

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Winners will be picked on Friday 15 November after 4pm.
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