SÉBASTIEN IZAMBARD RELEASES THIRD SINGLE UP FROM NEW SOLO ALBUM
OF MULTI-PLATINUM SELLING GROUP IL DIVO
WE CAME HERE TO LOVE NOW SET FOR WORLDWIDE RELEASE FEBRUARY 2, 2018
Toronto, ON – December 8, 2017 – Sébastien Izambard – one quarter of the massive classical crossover group, Il Divo – today released the third single, Up, from his forthcoming new solo album, We Came Here To Love. Set for release February 2, 2018 on Entertainment One, We Came Here To Love is a natural step forward for the self-taught French singer/guitarist/pianist, who also produced the record. Izambard will support the album on tour with dates confirmed in Japan for February 13th at Sankei Hall in Osaka, and February 14th at Tokyo’s Bunkamura Orchard Hall.
Click here to listen to Up, and download the single artwork, bio and album assets here.
Up is brisk electro with percolating beats, told from the perspective of a protagonist who’s focused on living in the now. The positivity of the song mirrors Séb's current outlook. "I didn't do a record to please anybody," he says. "It had to be a record that talks to me and is personal to me. I really wanted the record to represent me."
The title-track and video for the first single premiered recently on Parade.com. Click here to watch the cinematic, We Came Here To Love, (directed by Mario Schmolka) which soars with piano and Séb's moving, powerful vocal performance.
"Being a part of Il Divo has afforded me a great opportunity to tour the world and get exposed to all different kinds of music," says Séb Izambard, a tenor. "This album is far from what anybody would expect from me. I wanted to show a side of me that has nothing to do with Il Divo. I was a pop artist before, and it's something I wanted to do and haven't done in 20 years and now it's the right time in my life for it. I wrote many of the songs and I'm so excited to put it out there for people to hear." The album features 11 original songs written or co-written by Séb, and showcases his eclectic influences from The Weeknd, and Coldplay, to James Blake, and Adele; from pop and dance to the classical crossover that he's known for.
The Paris native began playing guitar and piano as a child, and his love of music grew from there. "Music became my food, my therapy and my saviour," said Séb. He released his debut album in 2000 before joining Il Divo in 2003. That group has gone on to become one of the most popular crossover groups of all time, selling over 30 million records worldwide.
1. We Came Here To Love
2. Kingdom Come
5. Goodbye My Lover
7. Blind Heart
8. Love Again
10 Cheer Me Up
Preorder the album and purchase the title track and instant grat track, Kingdom Come, here.
About Sébastien Izambard
Born and raised in a single-parent household in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, Sébastien Izambard taught himself to play guitar, piano and sing. At the age of 5, he began composing songs on his piano. He didn’t grow up with much wealth but his childhood taught him the value of friendship and family and he learned to embrace the life of a touring musician, packing his equipment into a van and taking to the road.
A solo artist whose songs had an affinity with Jeff Buckley and Damien Rice, he toured with French legend Johnny Halliday, opening his shows for him and eventually becoming an established star in his homeland: his 2000 solo album, Libre, brought him a number one single, Si Tu Savais, in France. Séb is a talented writer as well, writing for many different French artists before joining the international musical sensation, Il Divo. He has written with Darren Hayes, Ramin Karimloo, Guy Chambers, and Don Black.
Séb was sought out by Carlos Marin (current member of Il Divo) and urged to audition. Séb performed Caruso while playing the piano himself, and Simon Cowell heard him and offered him the job that same day. Since then, Il Divo has had success both domestically and across the world, all while pioneering the genre of operatic pop. The multi-national classical crossover vocal group has released nine albums since 2004 which have sold for a combined 30+ million copies worldwide.
Séb has done his share of solidarity work, which he calls “essential to his life”. He is an active member of the Assistance Medicale Toit du Monde (ANTM) which helps poor children in Nepal and India, and has raffled several of his Armani suits for the charity. In November 2014, and in partnership with his wife Renée Izambard, Séb led an ambitious project to raise money for Isla and Jude, brother and sister suffering from the rare and fatal disease Sanfilippo Syndrome. In association with 15 different Australian artists including Dareen Hayes, Empire of the Sun’s Luke Steele, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, and help of Sony Music Australia, he produced Hope for Isla and Jude, a single showcasing Kate Bush classic, This Woman’s Work, which was released on December 5, 2014. He is also a global ambassador of the Australian Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation.
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