21 Jun X Factor finalist Andy Abraham is heading to Essex
Platinum-selling artist and former X Factor finalist Andy Abraham is heading to Essex as his nationwide Nat King Cole Songbook Live tour draws to a close.
His show in Clacton-on-Sea will be the final date of his massive 23-date tour, which has seen him bring the music of the jazz legend to life for delighted audiences across the UK.
A lifelong fan of Nat King Cole’s music, Andy, from Cheshunt in Hertfordshire, will be bringing his show to the town’s West Cliff Theatre on Friday June 28.
He is looking forward to the occasion, having visited Clacton as a child.
“It’s my neck of the woods as one of the nearest beaches to Cheshunt,” he said. “I remember going there as a kid with my family and I always loved our seaside holidays.
“I was always so excited to play on the slot machines when my mum gave me a few quid and get candy floss or a stick of rock with Clacton-on-Sea written on it.”
His three-month long tour has celebrated the centenary of Nat’s birth and Andy has been thrilled by the response of fans.
“It’s been a great experience and the reaction from the audiences has been absolutely brilliant at every show – I’ve loved it,” said Andy, 54.
“The demographic of those attending has been quite wide – I’ve performed to a 12-year old who came with his family and to 100-year-olds for their birthday. It goes to show how impactful and enjoyable to all Nat’s music is.”
Andy said of the final date of the tour, which has seen him visit the likes of Leicester, Lincoln and Sheffield: “You always feel sad when a tour comes to an end because you build up a camaraderie with the band, the theatres and the audiences.
“I’ve also felt such a connection with Nat’s music that I’ll really miss performing it. But I’m just as excited to get out on stage and sing his amazing hits as I was for the very first show.”
Andy has performed on both UK and international theatre stages, including the Royal Albert Hall, and wowed West End audiences in the musical Respect La Diva. He first tasted success as runner-up on X Factor 2005 and has since released four albums. His most successful release, Remember When, sold in excess of half a million copies.
And as for his plans for the future, the singer revealed: “After the tour finishes, I plan to get straight back into the studio to get writing more music. And I’m already thinking about the next time I can get out and perform.”
Tickets are still available for the last of Andy’s tour dates. For more information visit http://www.andyabraham.co.uk/tour