Busy mum’s delight ahead of X-Factor star’s tour

A lucky mum of three has been chosen to meet X Factor star Andy Abraham as he brings his Nat King Cole Songbook Live tour to Felixstowe.

Shelley Madder, 40, was picked to meet her music hero by officials at Felixstowe Spa Pavilion after she entered a competition on the venue’s Facebook page to win albums recorded by the TV and West End singer.

Shelley, who lives in Felixstowe, will be attending the show on Saturday (April 20) with her friend Katie Mayhew, 32, from Bramford. Both are soul music fans and theatre fanatics and both are eagerly anticipating the concert.

Busy mum Shelley said the evening would offer an enjoyable break from her usually hectic routine.

“I work three jobs and it’s important for me to work these around the children. I have an eleven-year old and twins who are ten. My husband is a lorry driver who goes to work on a Monday and we don’t see him again until Friday night, so I’m constantly back and forth all the time.”

Shelley, who has been a fan of Andy’s music for some time, added: “He always does such a good job of soul music. He’s got a lovely voice and it’s one of those voices you just want to relax to at night as you sit with a glass of Malibu and coke. I remembered Andy from the X Factor and his cover of When A Man Loves A Woman has probably got to be one of my favourite songs.”

The Nat King Cole Songbook Live tour will see Andy perform at more than 20 venues across the country, celebrating the music of jazz icon Nat, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year.

Andy will be warming up for his show by performing at the Everything Felixstowe’s Everything Easter event, which will take place at the bandstand on The Triangle, Felixstowe, between 11am and 3pm on Saturday (April 20).

Andy, himself a Platinum-selling artist, is delighted to have an opportunity to perform Nat’s music and pay tribute to the star in such a significant year.

Andy cites Nat as one of his greatest inspirations, saying: “I feel extremely honoured that I get to celebrate a true legend in this way. This show really targets people who share my enjoyment of Nat’s music. His legacy is something I really admire and I think the fact that his music is still so highly regarded demonstrates the sheer impact he had on the entertainment world.” 

Andy has performed on both UK and international theatre stages, including the Royal Albert Hall, and wowed West End audiences in the musical Respect La Diva. He first tasted success as runner-up on X Factor 2005 and has since released four albums. His most successful release, Remember When, sold in excess of half a million copies.

Keep an eye out on Andy’s Twitter @AndyAbraham or his website http://www.andyabraham.co.uk/tour for more information about the tour. Tickets can be purchased from concert venues or via Andy’s website.

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