Date(s) - 08/03/2018 - 09/03/2018
8:00 pm - 1:00 am
Chicago-bred singer/songwriter Aleem is pleased to announce his first headline Belfast show at the Oh Yeah Centre on Thursday 08th March 2018. Aleem’s new single release ‘So Damn Good’ is out now and he is currently supporting Little Mix on their UK & Ireland SOLD OUT arena tour. Tickets on sale now from www.shine.net, www.ticketmaster.ie, Katy’s Bar & Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Northern Ireland customers 0844 277 44 55 & Republic of Ireland customers 0818 719 300.
Before he reached the age of 12, Chicago-bred singer/songwriter Aleem was penning songs that showed a melodic sensibility well beyond his years. By his late teens he’d refined his artistry and forged a sound all his own, building off the natural musicality he’d first displayed by arranging pots and pans in drum-kit formation and banging out songs at age 5. Aleem is set to deliver a debut album brilliantly showcasing his acoustic-guitar-driven brand of R&B-tinged pop.
Made with producers Ryan Stewart (Carly Rae Jepsen, Owl City) and Jon Levine (Selena Gomez, Cher Lloyd), Open Letters finds Aleem taking a storytelling-like approach to his lyrics. The L.A.-based artist co-wrote all of the album’s ten tracks, working with such songwriters as Scott Harris (Shawn Mendes, Jessie J) and Anjulie (Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj) and instilling each song with a daring vulnerability. “For this album I really wanted to let my guard down and let people into my life, and tell stories that everyone can relate to,” says Aleem. “That’s where the title comes from—each song is a letter intended for a specific person, but it’s up to the listeners as far as how they make the songs their own.”
Featured on Aleem’s Open Letters EP, his debut single “Find Out” channels heavy beats, graceful piano work, and warm but powerful vocals into a sly twist on the classic break-up anthem—or, in Aleem’s words, “a fun song about getting cheated on.” “That song was inspired by me going away for some time and worrying that things would fall apart with the person I was involved with, and then coming home and having that fear become a reality,” Aleem explains. “But instead of focusing on being heartbroken, I wanted the song to have a playful vibe to it—like, ‘You didn’t fool me, I saw the writing on the wall.” On his synth-laced follow-up single “Inside Out,” meanwhile, a slow-building and cinematic arrangement amps up the song’s emotional intensity. “‘Inside Out’ came from being in a relationship where I felt like I was the one bringing everything down, but I couldn’t control it,” says Aleem. “It’s about battling your inner demons and questioning whether you’re in the right place to give love, but also recognizing that you really do need that love.”
Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast
Thursday 8th March 2018