A consummate performer and entertainer with undoubted star quality, Emin Agalarov returns in May with his forthcoming second album ‘After The Thunder’.
The first single from the album, ‘Baby Get Higher’ is the perfect reintroduction to the more self-assured, more expressive singer whose charm and personality informs every moment of his new record. Coming fairly late in the recording process, the song was co-written by Mark Read (A1).
Emin’s debut album ‘Wonder’ saw the singer’s signature blend of adult pop with contemporary production received extremely well in the UK, with BBC Radio 2 naming it their Album of the Week and A-listing both singles, while Emin also became a favourite on daytime TV.
The singer notes 'in many respects we found our direction with Wonder and with the new album we have made major leaps in the sound.'
The support from radio, press and fans in the UK gave Emin the confidence to contribute a great deal in terms of the songwriting when it came to make the follow-up. For this new record, Emin has once again worked with producer Brian Rawling (James Morrison, Olly Murs, JLS, Enrique, Cher)
'Brian pushed me to try new things and has especially helped me to discover the true potential of my own voice' - while he’s also reteamed with some of his co-writers on ‘Wonder’, including Patrick Mascall, Jamie Scott and Adam Phillips.
After the UK success of ‘Wonder’, Emin was able to secure a global record deal with EMI Germany, who will be fully supporting the release of ‘After The Thunder’ in what is set to be an astonishingly busy 2012 for the star from Azerbaijan.
In addition to capitalising on his huge pre-existing fanbase on the continent, in May he’s been asked to make a special live performance during the country’s first staging of the Eurovision Song Contest.
'It will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform both as an artist and an Azeri.' As well as being a personal highlight for Emin, he sees this as an important event for Azerbaijan saying 'I think it’s an incredible showcase for my country, a small country that many people would probably not even be able to find on a map - hopefully this will inspire an interest to ‘Google’ Azerbaijan and see where it is and perhaps go there, and enjoy its beautiful culture and people.'
In the UK Emin is signed to Saffron Music, with A&R and Marketing being handled by Nick Phillips (ex Warner Music and Universal MCA Chairman) and Adam Hollywood (ex Warner Music General Manager), who have also been responsible for guiding the careers of the likes of Mariah Carey, Michael Buble and Josh Groban.
Having already had great success in Europe with several previous albums, where he regularly performs to arena audiences, ‘After The Thunder’ is the culmination of Emin’s musical career to date; a mature, honest and confident pop record with highlights and surprises at any turn, and the result of a lifetime’s passion