Creative Review New Music
Every once in a while, a singer comes along and connects with the public the old-fashioned way – through nothing but natural talent and hard work. This is the way it is for Nathan Carter, the self-made superstar.
Nathan left school in Liverpool at the age of 16 to follow his dream of becoming a singer. He’s been gigging ever since, paying his dues in the pubs and clubs in his native county before finding an enthusiastic new audience in Ireland.
Still only 24, he slowly conquered the Emerald Isle with his winning formula of boyish good looks married to a little Scouse charm, the gift of the gab – and a golden voice.
Now it’s time for Nathan Carter to come home – with a gig in New Brighton, Merseyside tonight.
Following two chart-topping albums in Ireland, where his blend of country music with a folk twist has turned him into a superstar and his clean-cut looks have made him a heartthrob, Nathan makes his Decca debut with the collection ‘Beautiful Life’.
It draws on a repertoire of classic songwriting, bringing a contemporary twist to much-loved hits that span the history of modern pop, from the 1960s right into the 21st century, along with country classics and a few folk favourites.
In the run up to the release of the album, Nathan is embarking on a huge UK tour which will see him play to fans across the country.
This kind of hard-work and touring has always been the backbone of Nathan’s success. Last year he played more than 200 gigs in Ireland, performing in front of an estimated 400,000 people – that’s almost one in ten of the population.
And he never forgets to spend an hour after each show, meeting his fans and signing records for them. “I think it’s really important when people have gone to a lot of trouble and spent a lot of money to see you,” he says.
“I’m never going to forget that. When I was 16 I helped my dad out as a builder and I was useless at it. After that I vowed I would never complain about playing music for a living because there are people who work much harder purely to get by.
I have gigged since I was 16 and I could count the number of weekends I have had off on the fingers of two hands. But I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s a blessing to do what you love and make a living from it.”
Nathan Carter – 2015 UK Live Dates
08th March: Corby – The Cube Theatre
09th March: Stevenage – Gordon Craig Theatre
11th March: Cannock – Prince Of Wales Theatre
12th March: Leeds – City Variety Music Hall
13th March: Gateshead – Sage 2
15th March: Birmingham – Town Hall
16th March: St Albans – Alban Arena
17th March: Liverpool – New Brighton Floral Pavilion
19th March: Milton Keynes – The Stables
20th March: Salford – The Lowry
21st March: Porthcawl – Grand Pavilion
23rd March: London – Union Chapel Islington
25th March: Enniskillen – Ardowen Theatre
26th March: Enniskillen – Ardowen Theatre
08th April: Stranraer – The Ryan Centre
09th April: Stranraer – The Ryan Centre
10th April: Perth – The Concert Hall
11th April: Greenock – The Beacon Theatre
12th April: Motherwell – The Concert Hall
15th April:Chesterfield – The Winding Wheel
16th April: Lytham St Annes – The Lowther Pavilion Theatre
17th April: Peterborough – The Cresset
18th April: Telford – The Oakengates Theatre
19th April: Carlisle – The Sands Centre
23rd April: Derry – Millennium Forum