She’s an Asian sensation ready to rock Eurovision 2016 for Australia.

But before she does Dami Im is busy promoting her new album “Classic Carpenters” on which she covers 70s easy listening duo The Carpenters.

The first track — “(They Long to Be) Close to You” — just dropped and hints at just how different this album will be from the K-Pop style she’s known for.

DAMI IM – (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU

Dami is most definitely mellowing out, but her style and styling is as fiery as ever!

She begins the video clip posed as some sort of porcelain doll seated behind a piano. Draped in a simple, yet sophisticated white gown, she works it solo before additional musicians appear out of nowhere.

The 27-year-old slays her way through the 1970’s-esque camera changes, piercing your soul with her electric eyes and drawing you in with her smooth, silky voice.

The song demonstrates her exquisite control, which we’ve all grown to appreciate since her appearance on The X-Factor Australia in 2013.

In recent weeks Dami has faced a bit of a backlash from Eurovision fans, who question her decision to tour Australia to promote this album, rather than touring Europe for Eurovision.

Some have speculated that she has been working on her “Classic Carpenters” album since mid-2015. It would appear that her pre-existing promotional schedule prevented her from flying out to Europe. But rest assured! Dami doesn’t need promo to pick up votes. Her live performance should be more than enough.

Dami’s new album “Classic Carpenters” is due for release in Australia in late-April, with an international released to be confirmed. She kicks off her 34-date national tour in July.

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www.damiarmyworld.com
5 years ago

Dami doesn’t need any promotion or marketing for Eurovision, Dami lets her “LIVE” Singing do the “Talking” & “Captivating” Dami has been working on this Carpenters project since last year & she wasn’t aware of her Eurovision selection until one week prior when SBS announced it at Conchita’s concert. Dami’s also been rehearsing for Sound Of Silence since her announcement, yes she’s been & will be very busy up until Eurovision, however as all her Fans know, Dami is such a hard & dedicated worker she’ll be primed & ready with an Epic vocal & Stage performance.

Tyffany Jade
Tyffany Jade
5 years ago

Dami is a wonderful singer. She is will have no difficulties securing a place in the finals. This year a female singer could win the eurovision, and her chances are extremely high. With such power in her vocals, and incredible stage presence, topped with an extraordinary staging, she is in for a real chance to win this year.

stephen podesta
stephen podesta
5 years ago

Dami is an incredible singer and truly loves the carpenters and wanted to bring there Music back into the main strwam, Dami does this an every other song on the Album Justice, if I wanted a singer to sing this other than Karen, then Dami is that person, her singing is smooth and Gorgeous how can anyone not enjoy it and see the Beautiful Dami im. Jonas, you need to grow up, Karen has passed on and she would love to hear her Music being played again instead of been put into a vault so no one can hear it,… Read more »

Bernard
Bernard
5 years ago

Dami is a great singer. Beautiful voice. Beauty power and Grace= Dami

hasa
hasa
5 years ago

Dami should come to Esplanade for the promotion tour!

mawnck
mawnck
5 years ago

“I get that devotees of Karen Carpenter may not welcome covers of her songs”

It’s not her song anyway. Burt Bacharach, Richard Chamberlain, and Dionne Warwick all recorded it before the Carpenters did.

mawnck
mawnck
5 years ago

“The uploader has not made this video available in your country.”

This is something to do with Donald Trump, isn’t it. Come on, people. Give us a break. We haven’t actually elected him President (yet).

NinaK
5 years ago

The MV and performance by Dami Im are perfection! I was riveted from beginning to end listening to her pitch-perfect, flawless rendition of “Close to You”. It puts me back into the romance of my relationship with my man. Thanks Dami Im. I can’t wait for the full album so I can indulge myself whenever I feel like it! #DamiArmy

Jan Henryon
5 years ago

I get that devotees of Karen Carpenter may not welcome covers of her songs, as her voice was uniquely special and can never be replicated, however, the music of The Carpenters is classic and that is what Dami Im’s “Classic Carpenters” tribute album is about…the music. In the words of Dami, “Great songs are made to be sung and those song-lines are carried through generations. My intention isn’t to copy Karen’s voice or her tone,” continues Dami. “Our voices naturally sound so different. I try to bring out the joy and the innocence in the songs while trying to sing… Read more »

Toney03
Toney03
5 years ago

Dami is one of the very few singers who could approach doing this song live as her voice is so pure and perfectly pitched. Her vocal range is different as she is a soprano, where Karen was a contralto with a lower range, and so Dami performs the song to suit her own voice making it a unique listening experience with her making this tribute version her own. I love it as it shows the true care that Dami has taken in doing this.

Sheilamarie
Sheilamarie
5 years ago

Dami is an amazing singer. Her voice has so much magic. I can listen to her lall day long. She can go from soft songs to powerhouse ballads. Her live performances is as great as her studio voice. Not many artists can do this. Celine Dion is one of those singers. Incredible singer.

Esther
Esther
5 years ago

Wow, what a beautiful rendition of Carpenters classic. Dami for sure have made Richard & Karen Carpenters proud. What an elegant rendition. Dami voice is both amazing in these kind of songs & powerhouse ballads. She is one singer who has so much flexibility. Such a talented singer. She will definitely slay Eurovision stage– will finished top 3 if not winner. #DamiArmy

Dan L
Dan L
5 years ago

Ms Dami Im is an awesome singer and this is an awesome song. Yes a perfect match 🙂 Can’t wait to get the Classic Carpenters CD. I love the voice of Dami Im 🙂

Mark
Mark
5 years ago

She keeps choosing the wrong songs to sing. She needs a new team

Leen
Leen
5 years ago

Dami has a winning song in her sleeves. It’s her voice that will carry the song. She will definitely slay. I so love the carpenters album, Dami gave justice and I’m sure the Carpenters will be proud of Dami. Omg, Dami voice is so clean and perfect. I ordered the album & can’t wait to hear all the songs. Dami is a gorgeous & elegant artist, and oh boy, she looks stunning. Thank goodness for Dami– I am so tired to seeing mainstream pop stars. Dami is such a breath of fresh air. She is definitely a force to win… Read more »

Vassiliki
5 years ago

Sound of Silence deserves its current high position in the Eurovision polls. It’s a sleek, quality production that commands your attention because Dami has a captivating voice.

Jonas
Jonas
5 years ago

You can hardly compare Burt Bacharach to The Sound Of Silence.

Vassiliki
5 years ago

Nothing short of perfection! I was mesmerized from beginning to end. It’s the same for Sound of Silence. Her voice carries the song and the music is like a supporting act. Too many Eurovision entries are over the top productions and miss the mark completely. Dami knows what quality music is all about.

David Who
David Who
5 years ago

There is a YouTube video of her somewhere introducing and singing this song live. Just her and a piano. It’s stunning. It obviously means a lot to her, so i’m glad she has done it. I too have a history and personal connection with these songs, although I understand why fans of Karen Carpenter would hate other people singing them. It’s not a hate I share, and I think the family wanted their music to be loved and enjoyed through performance again. My only criticism is that if it were me, I would have waited to release the music until… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
5 years ago

I don’t dislike Dami, but this album sounds dreadful and totally unnecessary. The late Karen Carpenter had one of the finest and most emotive voices of all time, and I’m sorry, but from listening to the song linked in this article – Dami in no way improves on the original, as if that was even possible. The production is lacking also – and if she really wanted to pay tribute to Karen (I mean, really what is this album for?) – she should have been at the drums instead of the piano.

I hate it. Listen to the originals, folks!

Panda
Panda
5 years ago

That clip of her in the MV, it thought it was a still image until she started singing. It would be nice if she could tour in Europe as people there would love to know more about her and Australia. But now i understand, it’s pretty much out of her control

Dinoh
Dinoh
5 years ago

Only Dami and Sergey in this web, I’m very bored about it…