“That’s what our job is: to tell a story through music and singing.”
At a recent visit to Billboard’s New York offices, renowned English tenor Alfie Boe discussed the inspiration for the title of his new album, “Storyteller.”
The set bowed in the top 10 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover Albums chart, marking his fourth such rank on the survey in as many tries. Two prior titles topped the tally: 2011’s “Bring Him Home” and last year’s “Alfie.”
In addition to his recording career, Boe has earned acclaim for his vast experience in musicals worldwide. Especially notably, he starred as Jean Valjean in a performance of “Les Miserables” at the O2 Arena in London in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the musical in 2010. He reprised the role for multiple performances at London’s Queen’s Theatre in 2011.
“Storyteller” sports Boe’s take on beloved classics, including Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You,” a signature hit for Elvis Presley, among others, and Roy Orbison’s “It’s Over.”
The tracks on the album are “all pretty much iconic songs that have been written and performed by world-class storytellers, (adapted to) my style,” Boe says.
Check out the video above for exclusive insights from Boe on his continued chart success.