At Eurovision 2016 Dami Im placed second with her stunning ballad “Sound of Silence”. The title may have been quiet, but with it she unleashed a wall of sound — and triggered rapturous applause heard ’round the world.
Following her huge success at the contest, the Korean-Australian sensation released her album “Classic Carpenters“, consisting of covers of one of her favourite bands. The album reached number three on the Australian album charts and spawned a highly successful national tour.
Well her momentum only picks up speed, as Dami has now released her fifth studio album titled “I Hear a Song”. We hear it too — and we love it.
The album marks a return to her jazz-soul roots, as she’s inspired by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin. The cover album includes two original songs — the album’s title track “I Hear a Song” and the last song on the album “Like a Cello”.
“Autumn Leaves” dropped first. The piano ballad showcases Dami Im’s immense vocals. Originally composed by Joseph Kosma — and covered by everyone from Doris Day to Nat King Cole — the song stands out with its simplicity. Her rich and textured voice comes accompanied by a piano and strings, creating a unique and intoxicating atmosphere. Count us in.
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The collection features a total of fourteen tracks, which showcase a different side to Dami. This isn’t “Fighting For Love” territory. Instead it’s all about honouring women who have in some way inspired Dami and paved the way for women in music. Among the tracks are “Feeling Good” from Nina Simone and “Love On Top” from Beyoncé.
Speaking of the track list, Dami says:
“Before you listen to the album it might look like an unusual combination of songs but I recorded every tune with the same desire, which was to share the stories of these amazing women, the most raw and simple way, through a microphone and my fingers on the black and white keys.”
It’s in no way a political message. But given the female empowerment movements sweeping the globe, it feels totally appropriate to celebrate female artists who have cut a path in a male-dominated industry.
I HEAR A SONG TOUR
Dami will perform songs from her new record in the forthcoming weeks all across Australia. In a total of nine shows taking place in Broadbeach Island, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, Im will take the stage to create an intimate show with her sound, which is mostly influenced by jazz music.
What do you think about Dami Im’s comeback and her newest record “I Hear a Song”? Are you enjoying the return to her roots? Tell us in the comment section below!