Award-winning West End leading man Tom Solomon has had plenty of reason to celebrate. His self-produced classical crossover double album Beautiful Day reached No.1 slot in the iTunes classical album chart and number four in the vocals chart just days after its release.
Songs included on the 28-track double album include recent rock chart hits ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing’, ‘Bring Me to Life’ and ‘Viva La Vida’, alongside pop standards ‘Solitaire’, ‘The Way We Were’ and ‘My Way’.
Commenting on his album’s success Solomon said: “This has been an incredible week. I first started working on the project ten months ago – preparing the CD, show, set lists – and it hasn’t stopped until now. I am exhausted but really chuffed! And seeing myself outselling a legend like Barbra Streisand is just surreal!
“Life takes many twists and turns but for me one thing has never changed… I love to sing! I have a passion for many types of music and wanted to record a double album of 28 songs that cross the classical and pop genres.
“When I listen to songs it’s extremely important for me to have a connection with the lyric. No matter how beautiful the tune, the words need to be the driving factor as this is how a performer connects to their audience.”
The album, which was mastered by Pete Maher, features James Treweek (keyboards, programming, production); James Pusey (guitars); Accy Yeats (drums); Chris Burgess (vocal recording studio) and Suzie Mathers and Annabel King (harmony vocals).
Solomon has had roles in a number of West End, Broadway and international musical theatre productions, including playing Marius in Les Misérables, Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, Tony in West Side Story, and Anatoly in Chess. He has also starred in two new productions for the Royal Opera House.
A BBC international award-winning singer, he has also performed with some of the world’s greatest orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra on Radio 2 and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.