Omar Kamal goes back to the origins from where his passion for singing started. The world of jazz, swing, and blues inspired him at the age of 15 to evolve from a young pianist engrossed in the classical world of music to a singer/composer embarking on an exciting journey to showcase his music with his voice as the lead instrument.
In The Wee Small Hours", a jazz standard released in the 1950s by Frank Sinatra
, has been recreated by Omar Kamal and his band as part of a new jazz album singing timeless classics and original compositions in that style.
Produced in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Festival, the album titled Late Night Dreams
with Omar Kamal will precede a world tour starting in New York at the world famous Jazz At Lincoln Center on October 9th.
Omar Kamal commenting on the song: This is where it all started…the exclusive world of jazz and ballads which has allowed me to dig deep into the hidden corners of the soul, and come out with expressions of that soul in the form of music and song."
Lyrical Theme: In the wee small hours of the morning, while the whole wide world is fast asleep, you lie awake and think about the girl, and never ever think of counting sheep…"
“In The Wee Small Hours”, is available across all global digital and streaming platforms.
Omar Kamal is a singer/composer from Nablus, his multicultural influences have given him a rich taste in music ranging from Swing Kings like Frank Sinatra to Pop legends such as Michael Jackson, and returning back to Arabic greats such as Mohammed Abdelwahab and Fayrouz.
Omar performs a variety of genres in a number of languages, plays his own instrument, and composes his own music. All these components make Omar one of the most authentic and open artists to emerge from the region in years.
Work on Omar’s debut album began in early 2015 with Emmy winning producer Dave Pierce (Michael Buble, The Frank Sinatra Estate) and legendary producer Bob Rock (Metallica, Jon Bon Jovi, Aerosmith) with a number of exciting international collaborations and some of the greatest session players who have worked with the likes of Michael Jackson and Sir Paul McCartney. Recording of the album took place in London
, Las Vegas
, Los Angeles
and the prestigious Capitol Studios in Hollywood with the album—Serenade
—released in 2017.
The huge success of Omar’s debut album led to his first musical tour, during which he performed in major cities such as London, Amman, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Cairo, and opened one of the leading festivals in the Arab world at the Beiteddine Palace in Lebanon. Omar was awarded the DIAFA international award that year for the best upcoming Arab artist.
In 2018 Omar began work on his second album, titled Show Me The Light
inspired by the journey to light through music. The music on the album combined the best of international efforts through featuring orchestrators from LA to London, Lyricists from Lebanon to Chile, and session players from London to Istanbul
, all pulled together by the vision of Omar Kamal as executive producer. The album title track Show Me The Light" entered the top 10 chart positions in the U.K. in 2019.