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Andy Abraham had been working as a dustman in London until exposure on the second series of the TV talent show The X Factor allowed him to pursue a full-time career in recording. Although only a runner-up on the show, he signed to Sony/BMG and his debut album, The Impossible Dream, was released in March 2006, entering the charts at number two behind fellow X Factor contestants Journey South. Exactly half of the 14 tracks were songs he had sung throughout the show, all cover versions to show off the two sides of his voice: the Luther Vandross type emotional soul balladeer of "Me and Mrs Jones," "When a Man Loves a Woman," and "The Greatest Love of All," and the Nat King Cole style crooner with two Cole songs, "Unforgettable" and "When I Fall in Love," which unfortunately show a complete lack of originality in the arrangement, the intro almost identical to the original's, a fate that also befell his version of Stevie Wonder's "Lately." The album ends with the title track "The Impossible Dream" from the musical Man of La Mancha, a different version of which had also been receiving prime-time exposure in a Honda ad. Nice voice, nice guy, but nothing that hasn't been sung many, many times before.


Born: 1964 in London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

London-born sanitation worker Andy Abraham rose to fame in the U.K. as a finalist on the second season of The X Factor. Abraham gave up his job as a printer in 1998 in order to pursue a music career, and was working as a dustman on the streets of London up until the time his wife signed him up to audition for the show. He made the cut and quickly became a favorite among fans and judges alike with his passionate renditions of classic R&B standards. Abraham made it to the finals only to be trounced...
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