Melody Monday: Ramin Karimloo is a real-life ‘Angel of Music’


Ramin Karimloo

My first introduction to Ramin Karimloo was the 25th Anniversary concert of Les Miserables. I remember being drawn to Ramin’s voice as he spoke and sang his way through the performance as Enjolras, the leader of the student revolution.

Not only was Ramin easy on the eyes but his voice sounded like honey; smooth, rich, sweet. It became an audial addiction and I found myself searching YouTube for videos and clips of Ramin singing so I could indulge myself in a few more songs.

It’s a fair estimation that a man who has played Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera on the West End is easily recognizable as a strong talent. But Ramin’s talent and the real enjoyment of listening to him sing isn’t in the conviction of the musical theatre songs he performs but in the diversity of his music.

An album which includes covers of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bryan Adams and Muse might seem miscast but Ramin’s strong and soothing vocals make each song on the album enjoyable. Ramin also gives his fans a glimpse at his own abilities with his original songs which include “Inside My World” and “Show Me Light” which could easily survive at the top of a Billboard chart.

Ramin’s self-titled album is soothing and emotional; it tugs at your heartstrings one moment and then forces introspective reflection. A musical theatre fan, someone who enjoys standards or gravitates towards pop music will all find something to relate to in this album because, perhaps equal to Ramin’s unparalleled vocals, are the emotional lyrics that make each original song memorable and capture the magic and authenticity of the covers.

This spring, Ramin will perform on tour across the country. His stops, though perhaps a bit strange, include everything from high school auditoriums to reputable city pubs. I was lucky enough to secure a ticket for one of the concerts (and even splurged for an additional ticket that I plan on giving away – stay tuned on that) and I am beyond excited about spending an evening listening to Ramin’s voice and being moved by his lyrics.

There is much that could be said about Ramin’s talent and even his personal history. Rising above from a performer few had faith in to one of the most prominent names in the theatre world is an accomplishment that few can boast. But to truly have an appreciation for Ramin, it’s not something that could be spoken or read about. In the case of Ramin’s unique gift, hearing is believing.


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  1. You are soooo right. My experience, at 70, was the same – exactly. I have now had the privilege of attending many of his concerts and never tire of his talent. He has attracted some of the loveliest fans as well. I’m sure you will love the concert. You will probably try to get to more than one after your first!