In 2013 Dami Im arrived, seemingly out of nowhere, and found herself a home in the sonic heart of Australia. Born in South Korea, Dami won The X Factor on the strength of her astonishing voice and palpable sense of artistry. More success followed as Dami earned multiple ARIA accreditations, including #1 chart positions and multi-platinum sales for the likes of her self-titled debut album and hit singles ‘Alive’, ‘Super Love’ and ‘Gladiator’. For any one tuning into The X Factor it was obvious that Dami was not only an artist of the new millennium, but she possessed a devout understanding of the rich history of pop and how truly great songs are crafted.
Since then, Dami released two more acclaimed studio albums, including the Gold accredited 2014 release, CLASSIC CARPENTERS, which peaked at #3 on the ARIA album charts and gave rise to a sold out national tour. Dami then travelled to Sweden to represent Australia at The Eurovision Song Contest 2016—where she placed second in the world performing in front of an audience of 200 million with her power ballad & international smash, ‘Sound of Silence’.
The beginning of 2018, saw Dami release her fourth studio album, I HEAR A SONG via Sony Music Entertainment Australia. I HEAR A SONG sees Im breathe new life into jazz classics while also weaving pared-back pop hits around two stunning new original songs, all beautifully recorded in Nashville. The impressive collection of songs from the most iconic and ground-breaking women of music include album opener, ‘Feeling Good’ famously performed by Nina Simone, Beyoncé’s ‘Love On Top’ and the first instant grat track, the emotionally charged, ‘Autumn Leaves’.
When asked about the track listing, Dami comments, “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.”
Breaking with the modern multitrack style of recording, where each instrument and vocal layer is recorded in isolation, Im and producer Rick Price fittingly returned to more old school methods. Every track you hear was recorded with Im playing the piano or the Wurlitzer live as she sang. “Even though doing it together is more imperfect, it sounded better left organic and raw rather than trying to have that perfect, polished sound,” she says. Among the musicians on the album is double bassist Dennis Crouch (Johnny Cash, Elton John, Diana Krall), virtuoso harpist Kirsten Agresta Copely (Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Beyoncé), string arranger and viola player Kristin Wilkinson (Taylor Swift, Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton), and members of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
Dami returned to the stage in April & May performing tracks from I HEAR A SONG in an up-close and personal environment along the east coast. Due to the success, Dami will be back performing three regional performances across Australia. Starting on the 3rd of November at Gladstone Entertainment Centre, 23rd of November in Coffs Harbour and 24th November at Wests New Lambton, Newcastle. Tickets via http://www.damiim.com/tour/
I Hear A Song is out now through Sony Music Entertainment Australia