Duets With Nicole Kidman On ‘Say Something’
Taken From His New Record A Song For You
Also featuring duet with Charlotte Church – ‘Come What May’
Out November 4th on BMG
Luke Evans today reveals another stellar duet – this time with Nicole Kidman on ‘Say Something’ – taken from his stunning new album A Song For You – out November 4th on BMG.
The gorgeous collaboration with Kidman is an adaptation for a song in which Christina Aguilera and A Great Big World won the 2015 Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – and came after the pair met during the filming of Hulu mini-series Nine Perfect Strangers in Australia. They spent five months working together, bonding offset, along with Kidman’s husband Keith Urban, in their shared love of music.
Luke recounts; ”When we wrapped the show, we had a dinner one night in Keith and Nicole’s house in Sydney. After dinner, Nicole was like: ‘Right, you’re singing, Keith’s gonna play the piano. He’ll play anything, just tell him the song.’ So everybody came around the grand piano in their living room and I sang Adele’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’. I knew that Nicole loved to sing, so she joined in and we had a glorious sing along. It was an evening I will never forget.”
Luke remembered that night when he was preparing to cover ‘Say Something’. He felt Kidman would be the perfect duet partner – although, equally, he knew how busy she is. But she responded instantly and enthusiastically to his suggestion.
He continues; “I already had that song in my head because I knew that it would fit both our voices very well. I knew they would blend perfectly, so I sent them the track and Nicole immediately loved it. She went into the recording studio with Keith in Nashville and recorded her part of the song. I have a little video of her recording in the booth. I think she enjoyed it very much. She said she was grateful I had asked her. Grateful? You have no idea how grateful I am!’ She is a lovely human being full of graciousness, humility and warmth. She was so generous with her time. To do something like this was really special.”
A Song For You draws its title from the Donny Hathaway song that’s one of Evans’ lifelong favourites and with which he opens the 14-song selection. They are all delivered in his transcendent tenor, with orchestral backing and additional glorious, full-voiced support on key tracks from the world-famous, 130-year-old Treorchy Male Voice Choir.
The Welshman is in huge demand as an actor, in the UK and internationally. From cinematic thrill-ride to prestige TV drama, classic big-screen animation to small-screen police procedurals, action to comedy to thriller. But give him half a chance and the star of The Hobbit, The Alienist, Fast and Furious 6, Dracula Untold and Beauty and the Beast will do what he’s always loved first and foremost: sing.
“I just feel really lucky as a singer, my first love, to do it again,” Evans concludes, “and to sing these magical songs on an album which I’ll have for the rest of my life. I want everyone else to share that joy, too.”
To celebrate the release of ‘A Song For You’ Luke will be meeting fans to sign copies of his new album at HMV Westfield on Sunday 6th November at 1.00pm. To guarantee a place in the queue pre order the CD from HMV her
Later that day Luke will also be appearing at a special intimate Q and A session at
Prysm, Kingston. Limited tickets available here
Limited signed formats are available from Luke’s official artist store and Amazon UK
Pre-Order / Pre Save the record HERE
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My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.